The House of Usher Created by Luke Adamson & Dan Bottomley. Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe at The Hope Theatre, 207 Upper Street, Islington, N1 1RL. PRESS NIGHT: 7.45pm, Thursday 20th October 2016
The brand new gothic musical thriller: “What was it—I paused to think—what was it that so unnerved me in the contemplation of the House of Usher?”
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 many works of exalted art. 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. Based on Edgar Allan Poe’s gothic masterpiece “The Fall of The House of Usher” with a brand new score and a small cast of exceptional actor-musicians this gothic musical thriller promises to be the Halloween show not to miss. All shall fall.
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, it is directed by Luke Adamson and Phil Croft with Musical Direction by Rob Gathercole.
Creator Luke Adamson says: “In February this year I met up with Dan Bottomley in a public house 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 Halloween 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.”
Praise for Luke Adamson’s previous work at The Hope Theatre:
★★★★ “powerful and emotional”
Terry Eastham, London Theatre 1 on One Last Waltz
The House Of Usher
Created by LUKE ADAMSON & DAN BOTTOMLEY
Inspired by EDGAR ALLAN POE
The Hope Theatre
207 Upper Street
London N1 1RL
18th Oct – 5th Nov 2016
Tuesday – Saturday 7.45pm
Tickets £15 & £12 concs
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