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. The Sorcerer's Apprentice, an original new musical fantasy adventure, written with Ben Morales-Frost, opened to online audiences in early 2021 with a production from Southwark Playhouse. Also with composer Ben Morales-Frost, Richard has adapted Graham Greene’s Our Man In Havana as a stage musical (opening at the Watermill Theatre, 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).
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).