Richard is the composer and lyricist of FLOWERS FOR MRS HARRIS (Sheffield Theatres) and THE GO-BETWEEN (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Northampton Theatres/Derby Theatre and Apollo Theatre, West End), both of which won the Best Musical Production award at the UK Theatre Awards in 2016 and 2012 respectively. Also BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Chichester Festival Theatre), THE JONAH BOY (Stephen Joseph Theatre), and the original stage version of WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND (Sadlers Wells, Riverside Studios).
Music for plays includes JULIUS CAESAR, MACBETH, AFTERPLAY, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, THE SHEFFIELD MYSTERIES (Sheffield Crucible), KING LEAR, TWELFTH NIGHT, YERMA, ELECTRICITY, MEDEA, SINGLE SPIES, SPRING AND PORT WINE, ENJOY, THE DUTIFUL DAUGHTER, DAVID COPPERFIELD, WHEN WE ARE MARRIED, PINOCCHIO, A DOLL’S HOUSE, HEDDA GABLER (West Yorkshire Playhouse), GREAT EXPECTATIONS, HUMBLE BOY, TOM’S MIDNIGHT GARDEN, FROZEN, THE BORROWERS (Library Theatre, Manchester) and many others.
Other recent work includes CALDERLAND, a large-scale community opera performed by over 200 voices in the historic Halifax Piece Hall; and two commissions for the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra: SERVICES NO LONGER REQUIRED, performed at the Imperial War Museum North, and THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES, for narrator and orchestra (Bridgewater Hall, Manchester).
Opera compositions include LUDD and ISIS, commissioned by the Royal Opera, the Royal Philharmonic Society Award-winning CONFUCIUS SAYS, (HMDT at Hackney Empire), and GENESIS for massed voices, commissioned by ENO (London Coliseum).