Richard's performing career began as a humble Redcoat at one of the much-loved "Butlins" resorts in England, and his talents were soon recognised, forcing him to hang up his famous red jacket to become a full-time member of the show-team. In 1999, he was chosen to play the dual role of "Stanley Ipkiss" and "The Mask" in a £1million stage version of the movie, directed by Tony Award winning U.S. director David Bell, and fully franchised by New Line Cinema.
After working in several musicals and comedies at the CragRats Theatre in the north of England, Richard left for sunnier climes, and his dream of incorporating his love of travel into his work became a reality. He was lucky enough to land roles in numerous family shows in Dubai, Oman and Thailand.
In the midst of his world travels, Richard co-wrote the score, book and lyrics for the musical "Nothing But Dreams" (in which he also performed). The musical was chosen out of a hundred other hopefuls to be showcased at the Greenwich Theatre "Musical Futures" festival.
Whilst back in England, Richard filmed a television appearance as the ultimate nightmare party guest in BBC's "Modern Manners", and left his home country once again.
This time, he was able to test his acting mettle a little further, and tour the globe with the first of his Shakespeare roles in "Taming of the Shrew". The success of "Shrew" led to further work; first in "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "Hamlet", "Romeo and Juliet", "Othello", and "Much Ado about Nothing" (as well as various revivals in different roles) and won him two awards in Singapore (for "Hamlet" and "Romeo and Juliet") and the great honour of being in the first western cast ever to perform Shakespeare in Vietnam. All these shows were directed by Paul Stebbings who was recently awarded an OBE for services to British theatre in Asia.
He has now performed to audiences in over 30 countries worldwide.