All photos by Josefin Wiklund.

Maria Johansdotter is a storytelling show with live music performed by storyteller Johan Theodorsson and musician Anders Peev. We perform in english or swedish. We are based in Stockholm, Sweden and our artistic cooperation is called Musikteater Unna (Music theatre Unna).

The show is about the musician Maria who lived her life as Magnus Johansson in the early 1700s in Stockholm, capital of Sweden. Maria Johansdotter is a storytelling show about passion, suicide attempt, betrayal and deadly friendship. It is a story about norms and gender identities, a part of history that previously has been invisible.

It is a true story based on court records.


Performance storyteller: Johan Theodorsson

Folk musician: Anders Peev

Script and music

Screenplay is written by Johan Theodorsson and Anders Peev.

All music is composed by Anders Peev.

The show is based on Magnus / Marias own words taken from three court records from 1705 and 1706.

Performance facts

The show is about 55 minutes.

Scenography. We need to borrow two chairs and table with a black blanket.


The trailer is recorded on Svartsjö Castle where Maria was imprisoned in 1706 while awaiting trial.

The trailer is made by Wilhelm Hagberg.

The trailer is sound combined and mixed on Nanoq Recordings by Anders Peev.


We collaborate with historians Jonas Liljequist and Mats Berglund.

We are supported by City of Stockholm, the Swedish Art Council and The Swedish Arts Grants Committee (international guest appearances).

The people can not stop dancing when Magnus plays

Magnus was sexton as he have a good voice to sing

A woman must not put on men's clothing, and a man must not wear women's clothing. Anyone who does this is detestable in the sight of the LORD your God.

Deuteronomy 22:5






A true story based on court records