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The Ballad of Maria Marten on Tuesday 21st - Saturday 25th September 2021
Turning history into her-story, critically acclaimed The Ballad of Maria Marten will return this autumn for a thrilling new tour. Produced by Eastern Angles and Matthew Linley Creative Projects, the show is a revisionist retelling of a harrowing true crime which sheds light on a complex tale of love, loss, prejudice, and patriarchal power.
It is summer 1827 and in a red barn Maria Marten awaits her lover. One year later, her body is found underneath the flooring in a grain sack, and the manhunt begins. Focussing on Maria’s life rather than her death, this feminist adaptation by Beth Flintoff (co-director, The Incident Room, New Diorama; writer, The Rivals, The Watermill Theatre) brings Maria’s own perspective to the forefront of the infamous ‘Red Barn Murder’.
Bringing together an all-female cast, Elizabeth Crarer (Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Theatre Royal Haymarket; Macbeth and Matilda The Empress, Rabble Theatre Company) will return as Maria Marten, alongside Jessica Dives (Pride and Prejudice and Merry Wives of Windsor, Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Macbeth and Hamlet, Young Shakespeare Company) and Susie Barrett (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Vaults; The Gruffalo, West End). Joining them are Sarah Goddard (Hetty Feather, West End, UK and US tour; 2066, Almeida Theatre), Bethan Nash (My Fair Lady, The Mill at Sonning; Jane Austen’s Emma, UK Tour) and Lydia Bakelmun (Babylon Beyond Borders, Bush Theatre; 10, The Vaults).The production is directed by Hal Chambers (Henry V, Barn Theatre; The Bear, Pins & Needles/Polka Theatre).
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