The Ballad of Maria Marten

Ballad of Maria Marten Ladies in colourful period costumes dance in a barn
Ballad of Maria Marten Ladies step out from a barn onto a smoke-filled stage clutching a torch
Show Information
Showing on:
Wed 9 February 2022
Approx. 2hr 20mins, incl. interval
Mercury Theatre
Age Guidance:
All performances of The Ballad of Maria Marten have been cancelled.

Sadly despite all precautions being taken members ofThe Ballad of Maria Marten company have tested positive for COVID-19 & they are unable to proceed with performances at the Mercury Theatre on 8 & 9 Feb.

All ticket holders will be contacted by email to arrange a refund. You do not need to contact our box office.

We’re sure you’re as disappointed as we are, and we hope to see you at the Mercury again soon. Thank you for your continued support.

Eastern Angles and MLCP are now planning to re-open The Ballad of Maria Marten at London Wilton’s Music Hall, 15-19 February and continue with the Spring tour as planned. Full tour details are available at


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 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.

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‘Rich and transporting’ ★★★★ The Stage

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

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

‘Superbly staged’ British Theatre Guide

‘A thrilling and poignant retelling’ Grapevine Live

‘Extraordinary, brilliant and powerful’ ★★★★★ Charles Hutch Press

‘One of the best theatre experiences of the year.’ East Anglian Daily Times

‘Maria Marten is reborn in stunning show’ Ipswich Star

‘Barnstorming’ Yorkshire Times

‘This is a gem of a production’ On Yorkshire Magazine

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

A 30 minute post-show talk with the cast will take place after the 2.30pm show on Wed 9 Feb, we hope you can join us!

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