The Murder of Maria Marten, or The Red Barn

by  Brian J. Burton

Full Length Play, Melodrama  /  5m, 8f

The Story is based on various anonymous Victorian texts. Maria Marten was born in Suffolk in 1801. There she met William Corder by whom she had a child who died in infancy. In 1827, Corder murdered Maria and buried her body in the Red Barn. Because of his wife's recurring dream, Thomas Marten search…

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The Murder of Maria Marten, or The Red Barn

by  Brian J. Burton

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The Murder of Maria Marten, or The Red Barn

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 8f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature), Mystery/Thriller, Period
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

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The Story is based on various anonymous Victorian texts. Maria Marten was born in Suffolk in 1801. There she met William Corder by whom she had a child who died in infancy. In 1827, Corder murdered Maria and buried her body in the Red Barn. Because of his wife's recurring dream, Thomas Marten searched the barn and discovered the body of his daughter. Corder was convicted of the crime and in 1828 executed at Bury Gaol. The fact that the production gets unsullied, hearty fun from these macabre ingredients is proof of its sureness of its energy that pushes aside any attempt to think seriously about the horrors.
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Victorian (British and American)
  • Additional Features: Stage Combat
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
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5m, 8f
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