The Queen’s Theatre is excited to be co-producing the revival of the ‘killingly funny’ (Daily Mail) hit comedy Worst Wedding Ever with Salisbury Playhouse and New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich.
Worst Wedding Ever is a ‘downright farcical’ (Daily Telegraph) family drama about downsizing wedding preparations and comes to the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch from 15 March – 1 April. It is written by stage and television writer Chris Chibnall who is best known for creating the ITV detective serial Broadchurch and BBC sci-fi hit Torchwood. He will also become the Head Writer and Executive Producer of Dr Who in 2018.
Chris Chibnall reveals he got the idea for the play after attending many weddings as well as planning his own big day. Speaking about Worst Wedding Ever he said, “It’s as much a play about families and relationships as it is about a wedding itself. How families deal with weddings, who gets to control the wedding, whose day is it – the bride’s, the groom’s, the mother’s? – that was very interesting. And I was surprised that there really aren’t many plays about weddings. So I wanted to write a big, funny, mainstream play about not just things that can go wrong, but also what weddings mean to families and what they’re loaded with now. Because I think the modern wedding is a very different concept to what it was 30, 40 years ago.”
The cast is led by Julia Hills (Calendar Girls, Chichester Festival Theatre, West End and national tour; 2point4 Children) as Liz, the bride’s mother. She will be joined by Elizabeth Cadwallader, Ben Callon, Derek Frood, Lloyd Gorman, Kieran Hill, Elisabeth Hopper, Nav Sidhu and Chris Talman.
Worst Wedding Ever is set in West Dorset about a mother who, after her daughter’s original wedding plans begin to crumble, enlists the whole family to help make the day one she’ll never forget. With a marquee in the back garden, the pub band, the help of the local vicar and two almost fully functioning portable toilets, surely the day will pass without a hitch?
Packed with hysterical wedding day antics, plenty of slapstick and a live wedding band, Worst Wedding Ever is a brilliant, feel-good piece of theatre that will have audiences in fits of laughter from the start.
It runs at the Queen’s Theatre from 15 March – 1 April. Tickets are £18 – £29 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 01708 443333, in person at the theatre or online at http://www.queens-theatre.co.uk/whats-on/show/worst-wedding-ever-2/.