Richard started to train at Rose Bruford but gave it all up after a year to go and actually do it in rep. Several seasons of that were followed by six years at the RSC (working extensively with Terry Hands, John Baird et al) and at the Old Vic where he played ‘Player King’ in HAMLET. He created a number of characters for Sir Alan Ayckbourn at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough including those in HAUNTING JULIA, VIRTUAL REALITY and NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH (the latter touring the UK before a season off-Broadway in New York) before a stint creating and playing ‘Mark Hebden’ in THE ARCHERS (BBC R4).
Richard continued in radio drama and toured most of the world with his one man shows, including an unlikely gig in Las Vegas. On TV he had guest roles in a number of popular dramas from DOC MARTIN to CASUALTY and EASTENDERS amongst many.
Throughout it all there has been Alan Ayckbourn who gave him a start and is still willing him to get it right!
|Leonard Ardsley in FOR SERVICES RENDERED
Tom Littler/Jermyn Street Theatre
|Alan in DANCE OF DEATH
|THE HENRYS in HENRY IV, V, VI & CORIOLANUS & MERRY WIVES
|Rockfist Slim in THE BOY WHO FELL INTO A BOOK
Alan Ayckbourn/Stephen Joseph Theatre
|Ken in HAUNTING JULIA
Alan Ayckbourn/Stephen Joseph Theatre & Tour
|Various Roles (leads) in CHEKHOV SHORTS - THE PROPOSAL, THE BEAR & SWAN SONG
Alison Sutcliffe/Everyman Theatre Cheltenham
|Herr Schulz in CABARET
Tom Littler/English Theatre of Frankfurt
|Gareth in NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
Alan Ayckbourn/London, New York, UK Tour
|Fred in CINDERELLA AND HER NAUGHTY NAUGHTY SISTERS
John Dove/Lyric Hammersmith