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The Ballad of Maria Marten


New Vic Theatre, Etruria Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 0JG

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The Ballad of Maria Marten


Eastern Angles and Matthew Linley
Creative Projects in association with the
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

By Beth Flintoff
Directed by Hal Chambers

A thrilling retelling of a real-life murder mystery…
Summer, 1827. In a red barn Maria Marten awaits her lover.
A year later her gruesomely murdered body is found in a grain
sack, barely identifiable.
Maria's story sent shockwaves throughout the country.
The Red Barn Murder (as it became known) was national news,
inspiring writers and film makers down the ages. The sort of
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.
But in all this hysteria Maria's own story gets lost. Until now.
Hal Chambers and Beth Flintoff's spine-tingling retelling
rediscovers her story, bringing it back to vivid, urgent life.



Opening Times

Season (26 Feb 2020 - 29 Feb 2020)

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