Richard Thomas is an Olivier-award winning composer and writer best known for creating Jerry Springer: The Opera, the first musical to ever win all four British ‘Best Musical’ awards.
Jerry Springer: The Opera was co-written with Stewart Lee and ran for 609 performances in London (National Theatre, Cambridge Theatre), a UK national tour and continues to be performed regularly around the world. It was most-recently revived for an off-Broadway run at the Pershing Square Signature Center. The production was nominated for four Lucille Lortel Awards, including Best Musical.Richard also wrote the lyrics for the musical adaptation of Made in Dagenham, which opened at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End.
Richard’s BBC2 television series Kombat Opera Presents… consisted of five half-hour musicals and 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.
Richard’s other notable work 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 the Young Vic and continues to write choral commissions and one-off commissions.