Richard Hough is playwright who started his career as a comedian, which means that even his most serious dramas don’t always take themselves too seriously.
He is currently working on a new adaptation of Thomas Mann’s Death In Venice for producer Vicky Graham. With composer Ben Frost, Richard has also recently adapted Graham Green’s Our Man In Havana as a stage musical (opening at the Watermill Theatre, June 2020; directed by Amy Draper)
Richard has written book and lyrics for a number of new musicals including: a comic adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (for the Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, directed by Luke Sheppard); an original story inspired by the life of Billy The Kid (for the NYMT at the Leicester Curve, directed by Kate Golledge); and fantasy adventure suggested by Goethe’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (a fully-staged production of which is scheduled for Spring 2021).
As a comedy writer for hire, Richard contributed jokes and sketches to several BBC TV and radio shows (his credits include Revolver, The Now Show, Loose Ends, What’s The Story? and The News Quiz). With producer Ben Walker, he developed a sitcom (Mad About The Boy) and his own darkly comic sketch-show (The Chiller Cabinet) for Radio 4. For Ealing Studios, in the early 2000s, he wrote a show about the depths of human idiocy called Dumber & Dumber (broadcast on Channel 5).