A red barn is on fire

The Ballad of Maria Marten

Drama Eastern Angles and Matthew Linley Creative Projects in association with the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough By Beth Flintoff. Directed by Hal Chambers The Haymarket

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£22. Under 25 and f/t students £15 (includes £4 booking fee)

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Suitable for: ages 12 and over


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Performers and Cast

Lydia Bakelmun
Sarah Stowe and Lady Cooke
Susie Barrett
Lucy Baalham and Thomas Corder
Elizabeth Crarer
Maria Marten
Jessica Dives
Phoebe Stowe
Sarah Goddard
Ann Marten
Bethan Nash
Theresa Havers and Peter Matthews
Please note that this performance has been rescheduled from 12 - 13 Oct 2021

A thrilling retelling of a real-life murder mystery…

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

Maria’s story sent shock waves throughout the country. The Red Barn Murder (as it became known) was national news, inspiring writers and filmmakers 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.

Cast & Creatives

Cast & Creatives


4 Stars

Rich and transporting
The Stage

4 Stars

Flintoff restores dignity to Maria… unexpectedly joyous
The Guardian

4 Stars

It is vital, layered and empowered, a beautiful piece of theatre
A Younger Theatre

4 Stars

Extraordinary, brilliant and powerful
Charles Hutch Press
Superbly staged
British Theatre Guide

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