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One Man Poe: A triple Bill

One Man Poe: A triple Bill

From the mind of Edgar Allan Poe: The Tell-Tale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum & The Raven

Renowned as the 'Godfather of Gothic Horror', Edgar Allan Poe has left a timeless mark on the horror genre.

Using his original publications from the 19th century, one actor faithfully brings Poe’s words to life, live on stage, performing back-to-back three of the finest examples of gothic literature:

The Tell-Tale Heart is an insight into the mind of a madman, convincing us that he is sane…

The Pit and the Pendulum follows a prisoner of the dreaded Spanish Inquisition, undergoing various mental and physical tortures…

Finally, The Raven is a poignant poem surrounding grief and remembrance - featuring an ominous talking Raven.

Truly a marathon of the macabre.

One Man Poe is performed by Stephen Smith (Harry’s Christmas) & demonstrates the power of the theatre of the imagination, embodying Edgar Allan Poe’s work “as if it were a second skin”.

Originally performed at Watford Palace Theatre, this production is supported by Palace as part of the Culture Recovery Fund (Here For Culture).

The production has since toured to the London Horror Festival, Southwark Playhouse, Poe Fest International (Baltimore, USA) and an Off-Broadway run in New York City.


Written by Edgar Allan Poe

Performer & Director | Stephen Smith
Sound Designer | Joseph Furey (and) Django Holder
Composer | Joseph Furey
Dramaturgical Support | Amber Buttery, Rebecca Phythian, Amy Roberts, Jonah York
Production Company | Threedumb Theatre
Supported by Watford Palace Theatre
Title Typography | Bethany Fox
Production Photography | Alya Sayer

Ticket Price

£10 - £27


27 Dec - 7 Jan


King's Head Theatre



"Smith inhabits the work as if it were a second skin" ★★★★★ North West End 

"This show quite literally took my breath away" ★★★★★ Everything Theatre

"Smith boasts a chilling skillset" ★★★★ LondonTheatre1

"Our eyes were glued to his, hanging on his every word" ★★★★★ Broadway Baby (On The Tell-Tale Heart)

OffComm Award |

Saturday Visiter Award for 'Best Adaptation' | Poe Fest International


Duration | Approximately 70 minutes without an interval.

Performance Times | Evenings: 9pm, Matinees: 5pm.

Content Warning | Contains mild references of violence, torture & grief. Features scenes of distress & prolonged periods of darkness.


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