The Fall of the House of Usher

THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER  (Photo by Els Borghart/Declan Kelly)


(Photo by Els Borghart/Declan Kelly)


Lyric Theatre, Belfast, 2018

Cast Matthew Cavan, Tony Flynn, Abigail McGibbon
Director Conor Mitchell
Music Director Tom Brady
Video Designer Gavin Peden
Designers Els Borghart, Declan Kelly
Lighting Simon Bird
Sound Designer Ian Vennard
DSM Louise Bryant
Music played by The Belfast Ensemble Chamber Orchestra
Based on the story by E.A. Poe
Text & Music by Conor Mitchell

Produced in association with the Lyric Theatre, Belfast

The Belfast Ensemble - with their electric fusion of live music, video and actors - present their response to Edgar Allan Poe’s masterpiece of terror, isolation and lunacy.

Highly anticipated, this new show comes in association with the Lyric and mixes the ensemble’s unique, high-octane style with a horror classic.

Seen by many as the source for Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’, Poe’s work is re-imaged here for a modern audience with modern fears in a modern city. A must see for music and theatre fans alike.


It is the unpredictability and fearless theatricality of Conor Mitchell’s work that continue to make it so exhilarating. Here, Edgar Allan Poe’s tale of the supernatural provides a natural springboard into his boundless imagination and artistic risk-taking. This is no mere adaptation of a literary classic but a total stage installation, which transforms Poe’s story of close sibling connections and otherworldly terror into a heavily stylised, multi-layered piece of music theatre.