The Deranged Marriage returns

The Deranged Marriage returns

Monday, 2 March, 2015

Rifco are pleased to announce their smash-hit show The Deranged Marriage will return for its 10th anniversary in April 2015 with a new cast and updated script.

Presented by Rifco and Watford Palace Theatre, The Deranged Marriage will open at Watford Palace Theatre on 25th April 2015, before heading on a national tour to West Yorkshire Playhouse, Theatre Royal Windsor, The Woodville - Gravesend, Warwick Arts Centre - Coventry and Oxford Playhouse.

Written and directed by Rifco’s Artistic Director Pravesh Kumar, the revamped comedy drama production follows nervous couple Sona and Rishi, and their families during their extravagant wedding preparations. Exploring the relationship between tradition and conformity, the story asks whether British Asian adults can still observe the ancient tradition of arranged marriages within their modern lives.

The production previously toured to sold out houses between 2004 to 2006 and is one of Rifco’s most successful tours. It provides a fresh look at Asian wedding tradition with a uniquely British twist and welcomes the audience as wedding guests to take their part in the fun, tears, drama and chaos of the big day.

Pravesh Kumar on presenting The Deranged Marriage: “It's not often you get to revisit one of your biggest hits. A lot has changed in the last ten years. We have grown as a company and our audience has also grown. It’s very exciting to be presenting a new version of The Deranged Marriage to previous and new audiences. As well as a new script, cast and design, the show will feature creative digital elements to aid the storytelling.

Design by Libby Watson (The History Boys, Break The Floorboards) with lighting design by Mark Dymock (MummyJi Presents, Happy Birthday Sunita). Composer and sound design by Arun Ghosh (Blood, My name is..). Bollywood personality and host of India’s Got Talent Andy Kumar, better known as VJ Andy is choreographing the show and designing Indian costumes.

From previous Rifco and Watford Palace Theatre productions Clara Indrani (Happy Birthday Sunita) will be playing the part of Sona and Sheena Patel (Britain’s Got Bhangra, Break The Floorboards) will play the part of Kiran, Sona’s cousin. The cast also includes: Ravin J Ganatra (Bombay Dreams, Behud), Balvinder Sopal (The tales of Harrow Road, The Snow Queen) as Lata and Stephen Lloyd (Jumpers for Goalposts, Reasons to be Cheerful) as Tony.

Rifco has been a resident theatre company at Watford Palace Theatre since 2011, creatively working together to bring audiences relevant and engaging stories which reflect the contemporary British Asian experience. Co-productions include Britain’s Got Bhangra (People’s Favourite Musical – OFFIES 2011), Break The Floorboards (Best Live Event – Asian Media Awards 2013) and British Asian Film Festival. They recently completed a sold-out tour across UK, Dubai and India with Happy Birthday Sunita and MummyJi Presents at The Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

For further information and booking details for The Deranged Marriage visit:


Jenny  Jessica Dennis
Bali   Ravin J Ganatra
Sona  Clara Indrani
Pramila  Rekha John-Cheriyan
Hema  Veejay Kaur
Tony  Stephen Lloyd
Mahesh  Taqi Nazeer
Kiran  Sheena Patel
Lata  Balivinder Sopal
Rishi  Aaron Virdee
Chaman  Ali Zaidi


Written and Directed by: Pravesh Kumar
Design by: Libby Watson
Choreography and Indian Costume Design by: Andy Kumar
Composer and Sound Design by: Arun Ghosh
Lighting Design by: Mark Dymock


Watford Palace Theatre – Previews 25 & 27 April, 28 April to 2 May
West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds – 6 to 10 May
Theatre Royal Windsor – 11 to 16 May
The Woodville, Gravesend – 21 & 22 May
Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry – 2 to 6 June
Oxford Playhouse – 10 to 13 June