Richard Hough is playwright and lyricist who used to be a comedian and comedy writer.
Working with composer Ben Morales Frost, Rich has written book and lyrics for A Christmas Carol (The Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, directed by Luke Sheppard); Billy the Kid for the NYMT (which premiered at the Leicester Curve, directed by Kate Golledge); an adaptation of Graham Greene’s Our Man in Havana (opening at The Watermill Theatre in 2022, to be directed by Amy Draper); and a new musical fantasy inspired by Goethe’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (recorded at The Southwark Playhouse and later streamed online, directed by Charlotte Westenra). Rich has just completed work on Sin, a one-woman musical, due to be workshopped over the summer for a production next year (directed by Charlotte Westenra).
His plays include Nighttime TV (written with Laura Solon for The Soho Theatre); Nightschool (The Theatre Museum, Covent Garden); a murder-mystery, The Yellow Room; and a bold new interpretation of Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice (for producer Vicky Graham).
As a comedy writer for hire, Rich contributed jokes and sketches to several BBC TV and radio series (including The News Quiz, The Now Show, Loose Ends, What’s The Story? and Revolver). 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, he wrote about the indomitability of the human spirit in Dumber & Dumber (broadcast on Channel 5).
Rich has written a light-hearted introduction to ecology for younger children, You Can Save The Planet (published by A&C Black).