Chekov’s seven one-act farce, of which ‘a wedding’ is one, belong to the years 1886-1891, and immediately precede the famous full length plays.

Antigone and Ismene are the last members of the royal line which stretched back, through Oedipus and Laius, to Cadmus who had founded the city of thebes by sowing the Dragon’s teeth from which sprang its warrior-race.
The play was first produced, in Athens, in 442 or 441 BC, when Sophocles was about 55 years old. There is an ancient story that the Athenians were so much impressed with the play that in 440 they elected Sophocles one of the ten generals. the election is certain; the reason alleged may well be a random guess; Sophocles was in any case a expericed man of affairs.