Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe is a unique and wildly theatrical musical play combining haunting music, poetic storytelling, and stunning stagecraft to tell the fascinating and moving life story of iconic American writer Edgar Allan Poe.


A literary rock star in his day, Poe struggled with tragedy and addiction, poverty and loss, yet produced some of the world’s most original, visionary and enduring literature before dying in unexplained circumstances at the age of 40. At once gorgeous and grotesque, Nevermore blurs the line between fact and fiction, exploring the events that shaped Poe’s character and career and giving powerful expression to Poe’s words “all that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”


Nevermore debuted in 2009 to commemorate the bicentennial of Poe’s birth (January 19, 1809) and went on to two successful off-broadway runs. This production, co-produced with Doctuh Mistuh Productions, reunites the cast and creative team of the show's 2016 Austin premiere, which won the B. Iden Payne Awards for Best Musical, Best Director, Best Costume Design, Best Actress and Best Ensemble.

Nevermore is the perfect, dark seasonal treat."  -Austin American Statesman

At once elegant and eerie...the show glides like a dance...ever spinning – a nightmare whirl as thrilling as a spook house." -Austin Chronicle

Nevermore is not to be missed."  -Central Texas Live Theatre

Absolutely absolute gem of a show...joyously macabre."  -Broadway World Austin

This is a musical to be savoured." -Sun News Austin

Nevermore is written by Jonathan Christenson and directed by Michael McKelvey.



Notes from the box office


Tickets to Nevermore are $15-$30, or you can save money with a season membership! The show is most recommended for ages high school and up. It runs about 2:25 with one intermission.


Special events


Special events


October 31st. It's Halloween! Come celebrate with us at Nevermore. We'll bring our costumes, you bring yours. Festivities and costume prizes begin after the show!


November 9th. Stick around after the performance to discuss the life and work of Edgar Allan Poe and the making of Nevermore. We'll also have special guests Laura Gold (Integral Care) and Joe Meyer (Texas State University) to speak about the role of mental health in Poe's life and ours.




Ground Floor Theatre


Ground Floor Theatre (Map it)

979 Springdale Rd #122

Austin, TX 78702


Directions for first-time visitors: Ground Floor Theatre (GFT) can be hard to find for first-time visitors. It is located near the intersection of Springdale Rd and Airport Blvd and shares a building with Austin Bouldering Project, Daily Greens, Austin East Ciders, Frieds and Allies Brewery and other businesses. After entering the property through the entrance closest to Airport Blvd, you will drive around the left side of the building to the back. Free parking is available in the lot. Here's a map of the property to help you.


Produced in partnership with


Nevermore is a co-production with Doctuh Mistuh Productions.



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