Theatre

2015

2014

Queen Elizabeth/ Narrator/ etc., Orlando,  Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre

2012

Duke of Albany, King Lear, Almeida Theatre - directed by Michael Attenborough and starring Jonathan Pryce. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cS4sHCNaQGk

Horst Ehmke, Democracy by Michael Frayn, Sheffield's Crucible Theatre and  Old Vic Theatre - London, directed by Paul Miller.

Two exclusive interviews with Richard:
Star Interview
Sheffield Telegraph

2011

Double Feature, National Theatre - Paintframe.   Russell in 'The Swan' and Field Commander Goodman in 'There Is A War'.

Here are two excellent reviews of Richard's performance:
Timeout
London Evening Standard

2010 - 2011

Max Kellerman, Dirty DancingAldwych Theatre - London.
Written by Eleanor Bergstein and set in New York in the Summer of 1963, Dirty Dancing chronicles Baby Houseman's coming of age at Kellerman's resort in the Catskill Mountains.

2009

Gabriel York, When The Rain Stops Falling,  Almeida Theatre - London

A family saga set in Australia, and skipping from 1959 to 2039 in years.

I found this rather wonderful review of Richard's performance as Gabriel York: WTRSF

Freddie Fellowes, Noises Off by Michael Frayn, UK Tour.

Nice little review: Noises Off

 

 The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other, National Theatre - Lyttleton
Written by Peter Handke, the play has 450 characters and focuses on a day in the life of an unspecified town square. Richard had 26 different roles in this one, including the Wanderer.

2008

2007

Norman Tate, Donkeys' Years, by Michael Frayn, UK Tour
Twenty five years after graduation, six former students return to their university college for a reunion dinner. Once locked in college for the night, the graduates begin to relive their youth, old friendships, feuds.....

Review: DY

2002

John Wheelright, A Prayer For Owen Meany,National Theatre - Lyttleton
Simon Bent's adaptation of the American novel written by John Irving, it tells the story of John Wheelright and his best friend, Owen Meany growing up together in a small New England town in the 50s-60s.

Review: Prayer

2001

Cymbeline, CymbelineShakespeare's Globe Theatre. The story was based on legends of the early Celtic British King Cunobelinus and deals with the themes of innocence and jealousy.

1996

  Pierre. War & Peace, National Theatre - Cottesloe

Written by Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace details the lead in to Napoleon's invasion of Russia and the impact of the Napoleonic era on Tsarist society as seen through the eyes of five Russian aristocratic families.

Fantastic review: W&P

War and Peace theatre: Independent review

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/war-of-the-words-1338952.html

1995

The Park
The Park by Botho Strauss and is Strauss' take on Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream", a collection of fragmented, alienated meetings in a run down park. Richard's part was that of "Wolf".

1994

BetrayalLeeds Playhouse
Richard had the part of  Jerry in this Matthew Warchus production of the classic Harold Pinter tale. The story structure strips away all edifice and shows the very capacity for love itself is sometimes based on betraying not only other loves ones, but even ourselves.

1993 & 1998

Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina enjoyed two runs, one from 1993-1994 and one in 1998 where it toured New York, Brisbane and Buenos Aires. Richard played the male lead, Levin throughout. https://www.nytimes.com/1998/11/13/movies/theater-review-a-classic-russian-tale-of-infidelity-sparely-told.html

Richard was also the Associate Director.

One review and article from May 21, 1993 New Straights Times

The Independent from 28 February, 1993 had this to say: "There are some stunning set pieces, including a swooningly erotic seduction in which the partners barely touch. The direction, on a stage furnished only with bentwood chairs and an upstage sliding panel, is masterly; but never at the expense of individual performances, which present a mask-like profile (David Fielder's glacial Karenin, Jessica Lloyd's vapidly emotional Kitty) which then shatters under the pressure of feeling. None more so than Richard Hope's irascibly farouche Levin, and Teresa Banham's Anna, a voluptuous black-velvet friend to everyone, who takes her last walk spitting venom at the passers-by. Magnificent."

1991

Street of Crocodiles
Based on the Bruno Schultz novel, Theatre de Complicite, in cooperation with the NT studio offered this production with Richard playing the part of "father". The book's characters are unbelievably haunting, despite its complete lack of dialogue.

1990

Don Gil of the Green Britches
Richard had the part of Caramanchel in this production of the irreverent, highly farcical comedy for the Gate Theatre. The play contains disguise, mistaken identity, role-reversal....what more could you ask from one play?

The Gentleman from Olmedo

Richard played Tello. Gate Theatre, Notting Hill, London

1988 & 1991

Mayor, The Visit, Almeida Theatre and National Theatre - London
Devised by the Company. Directed by Annabel Arden and Simon McBurney, as co-director, The Visit was Complicite's first existing-text production, opening in Complicite at the Almeida and then establishing the relationship as a co -production with the Royal National Theatre.

1986

Hamlet, National Theatre - Cottesloe
I don't know that Hamlet requires any explanation...but Richard had the part of Horatio.

1985

Pravda
Howard Brenton's second collaboration with David Hare, the two playwrights mount a satirical attack on the British newspaper industry of the mid-1980s that caricatures the events of that period as a way of challenging the social and economic changes in Margaret Thatcher's Britain. Richard had the part of Bill Smiley in 1985 and Eaton Sylvester in the revised production in 1986.

The Government Inspector
A small, corrupt Russian town receives a letter informing them of the imminent visit of a government inspector travelling incognito....when a passing civil servant is mistaken for the inspector, panic soon sets in....Richard had the part of the Postmaster.

1981

Much Ado About Nothing
The play, written between 1598 and 1600, was "Sundrie times publikely acted" but there were only two officially recorded performances in Shakespeare's lifetime, both at Court, in 1612/13. These performances were part of the celebrations preceding the marriage of Princess Elizabeth, daughter of James I, to Prince Frederick of Bohemia. Richard played the part of the Second Watch. This was his first part performing at the National Theatre.

1980

Le Grand Magic Circus-1001 Nights
1001 Nights is a collection of folk tales often known as the Arabian Nights. The Sultan, Shahryar, marries a succession of virgins only to execute each one the next morning. Sheherazade, on the night of their marriage, tells the king a tale, but does not end it. So it goes on for 1,001 nights.

Le spectacle was spoken in English with original songs still sung in French. Set on Rue de Medina the flower seller, Violette, was in love with JoJo etc..until they meet Ali Baba, Sinbad and purgatory... historical tales mix with love stories, tragedies, comedies, poems, burlesques and various forms of erotica using experimental theatre to avant-garde.

Richard played L'Empereur du désert, The Sultan and other roles with this ensemble that played at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London, taking over the parts of Jerome Savary, who directed it.

Ken Campbell suggested Richard to Jerome Savary. Richard took over Jerome’s various roles over a week as Jerome had to go to Berlin to direct an opera. Richard gradually rehearsed in two scenes a night and did the whole show on the first Saturday . Songs remained in French but Richard and fellow Complicite member Celia Gore Booth gradually gave English translations for the dialogue.

1979

Accidental Death of an Anarchist

Richard played Bertozzo in the Belt and Braces Tour at the Half Moon Theatre in London directed by Gavin Richards.
HitchHikers Guide To The Galaxy
The first production was put on at the ICA (Institute for Contemporary Arts) in London on the 1st-9th of May, 1979, by Ken Campbell's Science Fiction Theatre of Liverpool.Richard played the role of Ford Prefect and I found the following review and history: Guide
Copy of original flyer:

1978 

The Warp
This production was put on at the ICA in London by Ken Campbell's Science Fiction Theatre of Liverpool, in which Richard played a variety of characters.

The End is Nigh…New End Theatre, Hampstead….with Jim Broadbent and Neil Cunningham. 'The part of Jesus tonight will be played by Richard Hope as Dave Hill has found a better job' (Ken Campbell over the theatre tannoy). Heidi and Lucille joined the cast from Mike Hurst's Theatre: They were two pigs…..Ken thought they’d make the show more 'entertaining'. Mike offered Richard a full time job as a clown in his circus after the show.

 

 

1972-1976 Member of National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. He provided the following testimonial in 2010 for the National Youth Theatre funding appeal:

"Michael Croft gave me a bursary in my final year at the NYT. Without the financial support I would not have realised the culmination of a unique life experience. It gave me a work ethic to strive for the best in myself, a desire to dare for dramatic excellence and a family of likeminded friends and adventurers. I spent four more years running courses and initiating others in the rare creative stockpot of a truly National Theatre of Youth."