The Ballad of Maria Marten - New Wolsey Theatre

The Ballad of Maria Marten

Performed from Thu 17 — Sat 19 Mar

Eastern Angles Theatre Company

The Ballad of Maria Marten

By Beth Flintoff
Age guidance 12+

A thrilling retelling of Suffolk’s real-life murder mystery…

Summer 1827. In a red barn Maria Marten awaits her lover. A year later her body is found in a grain sack under the floor of the barn, barely identifiable, and so the manhunt begins.

Maria’s story sent shock waves throughout the country. The ‘Red Barn Murder’ - as it became known - was national news. A gruesome tale that had all the hallmarks of a classic crime drama – a missing body, a country location, a disreputable squire and a village stuck in its age-old traditions – it has inspired writers and filmmakers down the ages.

But, in all the hysteria, Maria’s own story got lost. Until now. Hal Chambers and Beth Flintoff’s spine-tingling retelling reclaims Maria Marten’s story and brings it back to vivid, urgent life.

Reviews of The Ballad of Maria Marten

What the press say

‘Flintoff restores dignity to Maria…unexpectedly joyous’ ★★★★

The Guardian

‘Extraordinary, brilliant and powerful’ ★★★★★

Charles Hutch Press

‘It is vital, layered and empowered, a beautiful piece of theatre’ ★★★★

A Younger Theatre

What the public say

Saw the 18 Mar performance at the Wolsey and was visibly moved. What a cast, what a beautiful set and what a performance that did justice to the heartbreaking real life story Of Maria Maarten and the Red Barn. It will stay with me for ever. Thank you and we’ll done all.

Lisa Coy

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