Gothic horror with Poe’s House of Usher at Hope Theatre

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Gothic horror comes to Islington’s Hope Theatre this autumn with Luke Adamson and Dan Bottomley’s adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The House of Usher.

The brand new Gothic musical thriller, surely a must-see for Hallowe’en, is based on Poe’s masterpiece, The Fall of The House of Usher, and has a new score and features a small cast of actor-musicians.

The Ushers are an ancient and noble line, known for a number of things: – repeated deeds of charity, a passionate devotion to the intricacies of musical science and a collection of works of exalted art.

Usher Cast

What is not generally known is that they are plagued by an ancient family evil, a curse. This curse is causing Roderick Usher to be ill, sensitive to light and sound, and unable to step outside the doors of his house.

He calls upon his old childhood friend for help. When the friend arrives he finds himself becoming more and more involved and falling deeper and deeper into the dark tangled web that is The House of Usher.

Secrets surface, friendships are tested and a dark secret threatens to bring the House of Usher crashing down.

The cast includes Cameron Harle as the eponymous Roderick Usher, Eloise Kay as his sister Madeline and Richard Lounds as the Narrator.

The show is written by Luke Adamson and Dan Bottomley, directed by Adamson and Phil Croft with Musical Direction by Rob Gathercole.

Creator Luke Adamson says: “In February this year I met up with Dan in a pub in Clapham Junction to discuss the possibility of adapting the classic Edgar Allan Poe story The Fall Of The House Of Usher for the stage.

“Drawn to the atmospheric nature of Poe’s writing it was decided that a musical adaptation was the route to be followed.

“So three drafts later we have a Gothic Hallowe’en musical thriller that has taken a piece of classic American literature and sexed it up with actor musicians, synthesizers, electric guitars, harp glissandos and suicide attempts.

“It is certainly the most ambitious thing either of us have tried to do and could possibly be the most ambitious chamber musical that The Hope Theatre has ever seen.”

The House of Usher runs at Hope Theatre (above the Hope & Anchor pub, Upper Street) from October 18- November 5.

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