Revival of Chris Chibnall’s Worst Wedding Ever – cast for 2017 tour announced





Worst Wedding Ever

A Salisbury Playhouse, New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich and Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch production

By Chris Chibnall

Salisbury Playhouse – Thursday 2 to Saturday 25 February

New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich – Wednesday 1 to Saturday 11 March

Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch – Wednesday 15 March to Saturday 1 April


Hit comedy Worst Wedding Ever sold out its premiere run in Salisbury in 2014, enjoying great audience and critical response. It returns in spring 2017 in a new co-producing partnership between Salisbury PlayhouseNew Wolsey Theatre Ipswich and Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch. The first play commissioned by Salisbury Playhouse’s Original Drama programme, it is written by Chris Chibnall – acclaimed for creating the hit TV series Broadchurch and recently appointed Executive Producer of Doctor Who.  Directed by Salisbury Playhouse’s Artistic Director, Gareth Machin, the show runs in the Main House at Salisbury Playhouse from 2 to 25 February 2017 before playing at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich (1 to 11 March) and Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch (15 March to 1 April).

Worst Wedding Ever is a comedy drama 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?

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.

Chris Chibnall is a stage and television writer who created ITV’s Broadchurch, series 3 of which is currently in production. From 2018 he will be Head Writer and Executive Producer of BBC TV’s Doctor Who. His stage work includes Gaffer! and Kiss Me Like You Mean It, which was shortlisted for a Meyer-Whitworth Award, and his television work includes the BBC drama The Great Train Robbery.

Gareth Machin, Artistic Director of Salisbury Playhouse, says “It was fantastic to work with south west writer Chris Chibnall in creating this comedy through Original Drama and now to be working with partners to bring it to a wider audience.  It is a play full of laughter but also imbued with real heart and is a fantastic night at the theatre. ”

The production is designed by James Button with musical supervision by Kate Edgar, lighting by Peter Hunter and sound by Mark Noble