The House Of Edgar

New production for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018

Edgar Allan Poe is dead. With his reputation ruined and his legacy crumbling, his work is all that remains. As a rival – Rufus Griswold – seizes control of Poe’s estate, echoes of the past emerge. Inside these walls, are the stories simply marks on a page, or something else entirely?

The critically acclaimed musical returns for 2018. Based on the life and works of Edgar Allan Poe, this show weaves folk retellings of some of his most famous stories into a ghostly new tale. Unpredictable, unusual and unique: The House of Edgar is an exciting and unlikely blend of gothic horror and musical theatre.

Written by Thomas F. Arnold. Directed by Ben Philipp.


‘Masterpiece’ – Fringe Guru


‘Impressive’ – The Scotsman


‘Unmissable’ – Ed. Fest. Mag.

More Reviews & Press Coverage

★ ★ ★ ★ ★     ‘A knockout piece’ – Ed Fringe Review

★ ★ ★ ★     ‘Dark, romantic and deeply poetic’ – Broadway Baby

★ ★ ★ ★     ‘Really packs a punch’ – Three Weeks

★ ★ ★ ★     ‘Brilliantly original’ – Essential Surrey

★ ★ ★ ★     ‘Enthralling and exciting’ – Ask The Ushers

Cast & Creative Team

Creative Team

Producer – Jack Dryden
Producer, Composer, Lyricist, Writer, Musical Director – Thomas F. Arnold
Director – Ben Philipp
Movement Director – Tobias Cornwell
Vocal Coach – Beth Chalmers


Rufus Griswold – Eoin McAndrew
The Masque of Red Death – Ashley Gillard
Virginia Clemm – Anna Blackburn
Virginia Clemm (Wimbledon Performances) – Beth Clarence
Mr. Price/Sir Ethelred – James Alston
The Madman/The Raven – Sarah Dean
The Student/Roderick Usher – Andrew Sharpe
Annabel Lee/Madeline Usher – Beth Chalmers
The Lover/The Confidant – Will Beynon


Keys – Thomas F. Arnold
Violin – Kate Smethurst

Production Team

Set & Costume Design – Arabella Wunderbar
Set & Costume Assistant – Emily Noble
Lighting Design – Sam Hutchings
Videography – Alex Stenhouse
Photography – Jack Dryden & Kate Smethurst