Richard Thomas is an Olivier-award winning composer and writer and is best known for writing and composing Jerry Springer: The Opera, which was the first-ever musical to win all four British ‘Best Musical’ awards. The show was co-written with Stewart Lee and ran for 609 performances in London (National Theatre, Cambridge Theatre) and a UK national tour and continues to be performed regularly around the world including notable productions at Carnegie Hall, US and Sydney Opera House, Australia. It was most-recently revived for an off-Broadway run at the Pershing Square Signature Center, produced by The New Group and directed by John Rando. The production was nominated for four Lucille Lortel Awards, including Best Musical.
He also wrote the lyrics for the musical adaptation of Made in Dagenham, which opened at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End in 2014. The show was written for Stage Entertainment with David Arnold and Richard Bean.
Richard began his career as a comedian and television composer working with comedians including Frank Skinner, David Baddiel and Harry Hill and is also known for his BBC2 television series Kombat Opera Presents… which consisted of five half-hour musicals based around existing television programmes and which won two Rose D’Or awards in 2008 for Best Comedy and Best Programme across all categories. He has also written songs for three seasons of Tracey Ullman’s BBC1 and HBO sketch shows.
Other notable work by Richard includes the two-act dance show Shoes (Sadlers Wells/West End), the libretto for 2011 smash-hit opera Anna Nicole (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; BAM, New York), the critically-acclaimed Tourettes Diva which has been performed in the USA, Australia and Europe, a two act musical set in a British Comedy Club entitled The Ha Ha Hole, a choral piece entitled Earth, Wind and Choir, and The Anger Demon for Copenhagen Opera House.
He is currently working on a new musical which he developed with the National Theatre and continues to write choral commissions and one-off commissions for groups around the world.