Sidney Godolphin, Queen Anne, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford and Haymarket Theatre - London
Raging debates over ideological wars, rising national debt, expenses scandals, a rejected lover's threats to make private correspondence public, and an abundance of political satire
"Queen Anne is a fresh, moving and exciting piece of work amplifying the important female voices that history all too often ignores""...great turns from Richard Hope as Lord Godolphin..."
St James’s Palace - No Photos allowed - granted private visit by Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II
Kensington Palace @KensingtonRoyal
National Portrait Gallery @NPGLondon
Godolphin and Kit Kat Club pictures
Hector, The History Boys , Selladoor - UK Tour
Set in the 1980s, The History Boys is the story of a group of bright, funny and unruly sixth-formers in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university. Their maverick English teacher is at odds with the young and shrewd supply teacher, whilst their headmaster is obsessed with results and league tables. Staffroom rivalry and the anarchy of adolescence overflow, provoking insistent questions about history and how you teach it. Their A Levels may be over, but their true education is only just beginning. - See more at Sell A Door
Read more at Cambridge News
Behind the Scenes
Performer, Mendelssohn’s 'Midsummer Night’s Dream', City of London Sinfonia, Southwark Cathedral
Narrator and Performer, Shostakovich’s 'Hamlet', City of London Sinfonia, Village Underground
Richard had already performed with City of London Sinfonia with the RSC at Hampton Court Palace playing Oberon/ Thesus in Medelssohn's Midsummer Nights Dream
Elizabeth 1/ Narrator/ Chorus, Orlando - The Royal Exchange, Manchester
Orlando with Suranne Jones
Review for Orlando with picture: https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/reviews/virgina-woolfs-orlando-theatre-review-9154751.html.
Written by Virginia Woolf. Adapted by Sarah Ruhl. Directed by Max Webster.
A time travelling gender-swapping comedy that romps across continents and centuries.
Suranne Jones as Orlando, Richard Hope as Queen
Behind the Scenes
Horst Ehmke, Democracy, Sheffield Theatres and The Old Vic Theatre - London
Democracy, written by Michael Frayn and directed by Paul Miller, ran at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre from March 8-31 and played at the Old Vic.
Richard played the part of Horst Ehmke to stellar reviews, see below:
Winner of the Evening Standard Award and Critics’ Circle Best Play awards, Democracy is a thrilling portrayal of a political visionary who changes the face of German politics. Michael Frayn’s 2003 drama explores the extraordinary relationship that developed between Willy Brandt, the West German Chancellor from 1969 to 1974, and his assistant, Gunter Guillaume, whose exposure as a spy for the East German state security service — the Stasi - precipitated Brandt’s downfall
The Duke of Albany, King Lear, Almeida Theatre
Richard played the Duke of Albany in this stunning production of King Lear directed by Michael Attenborough and starring Jonathan Pryce at the Almeida Theatre.
Russell, The Swan, National Theatre - Paintframe
Field Commander Goodman, There Is A War, National Theatre - Paintframe
Four new plays presented by hot new directors in the Paintframe location of the National Theatre. Richard had the part of Russell in Double Feature 1 "The Swan" and Field Commander Goodman in Double Feature 2 "There Is A War". The Paintframe was used as a new space while the Cottesloe underwent refurbishment as the Dorfman Theatre.
Max Kellerman, Dirty Dancing, Aldwych 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. Richard played the part Max Kellerman for the last 18 months at the Aldwych Theatre in London before the show closed and went on tour.
One of the most successful musicals in West End history, Dirty Dancing opened in October 2006 with a record breaking £15 million advance in sales making it the fastest selling show in West End history. Richard played Max Kellerman, the Catskill Mountains resort owner and friend of Baby's father. Police were actually in the auditorium for second shows on friday and saturday nights to control fans.
Nicholas De Jongh, Evening Standard
'Warm Up' Pictures
Gabriel York, When The Rain Stops Falling, Almeida Theatre - London
Richard played the part of Gabriel York, a man who is about to meet the son he abandoned years before. When the Rain Stops Falling is 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
An epic play spanning four generations and two continents, When The Rain Stops Falling moves from the claustrophobia of a 1950s London flat to the windswept coast of Southern Australia and into the heart of the Australian desert.
The play interweaves a series of connected stories, as seven people confront the mysteries of their past in order to understand their future,revealing how patterns of betrayal, love and abandonment are passed on. Until finally, well into the future, as the desert is inundated with rain, one young man finds the courage to defy the legacy.
The Wanderer and 25 other parts, The Hour We Knew Nothing Of Each Other, National Theatre - London
"Even as a committed text junkie, I find myself moved and exhilarated by this extraordinary piece of epic mime: it offers a panoramic image of human continuity that would be difficult to achieve through words alone"
Freddie Fellowes, Noises Off, Ambassador Theatre Group, UK Tour
One of my personal favorites, Noises Off is a play within a play. The first act is set at dress rehearsal, the night before opening, with the cast still fumbling with exits and entrances, miscues and misspoken lines...and things only go progressively from bad to worse as we follow the shenanigans of the actors from town to town, with all the hilarity going on behind the scenes! Richard got to play the part of Freddie Fellowes.
Nice little review: Noises Off