The Murder of Maria Marten

(or The Red Barn)

A musical melodrama by Brian J Burton
Thursday 10 July 1986 - Saturday 12 July 1986
Faringdon Community Theatre, The Pump House, 5 Market Place, Faringdon
Directed by Carole White

Performances start 7:30 pm. Doors open 30 minutes earlier.
Admission by Programme. £1.50 (Senior Citizens and Children £1.00)
Tickets were available from F. B. Wood (Newsagents), 4a London Street, Faringdon.

Murder Of Maria Marten 1986 CuttingIn all the main essentials, this is a true story, and there have been many very popular plays written on the subject; this one as a musical melodrama.

The story concerns the famous nineteenth-century crime in which an innocent young country girl is murdered by a local squire who had earlier seduced her and is now anxious to marry an heiress. Partly through the agency of a gypsy, however, retribution overtakes the villain. Ingeniously telescoped in time and place into one simple setting.

3 shows were performed over 3 days.