Richard Thomas is the Olivier award-winning creator/composer of Jerry Springer – The Opera (National Theatre, West End, Carnegie Hall, BBC2, Sydney Opera House, Off-Broadway).It received four Olivier Awards and an Evening Standard Award.He wrote book and lyrics for hit opera, Anna Nicole (Royal Opera House, BAM New York, BBC 2, Nuremberg, Dortmund). West End credits also include lyrics for Made in Dagenham (Adelphi Theatre) music and lyrics for the dance show, Shoes(Sadlers Wells, West End).
Television credits include Kombat Opera presents…, five award-winning half hour comic musicals produced for BBC2 which won two Rose D’OR Internationals TV awards.
Recently he has co-written all songs for two seasons of The Tracey Ullman Show (BBC1, HBO, twice-Emmy nominated); adapted lyrics for Lehar’s The Merry Widow(ENO Coliseum)and composer lyricist for National Theatre of Scotland and BOP’s multi award-winning My Left Right Foot – The Musical (Edinburgh Festival, Shizuoka World Theatre Festival); The Divine Ms Jaydeat the Soho theatre and Jonny Woo's All-Start Brexit Cabaret (Edinburgh and ENO Coliseum, Soho theatre). Richard worked with Richard Bean Hypochondriac(UK tour) and Hill Truck Theatre's 71 Coltman Street (Hull Truck 50th Anniversary).
Richard started out in Comedy in a double act touring nationally and internationally and working as composer/ music director for Harry Hill(national tour)Stewart Lee and Richard Herring(two BBC2 series and national tour)Frank Skinner(five seasons BBC1, ITV), Simon Munnery (BBC2 Series Attention, Scum) and Robert Newman (national tour).
In lockdown Richard wrote a piano piece for the Guggenheim NYC, The Covid-19 Variations and is currently composing a series of solo musicals, Singing Heads with Tracey Ullman for New Group in New York.
Richard is also working on three new musicals: a comedy musical about art with Grayson Perry; an addiction musical for the Birmingham Rep, Rock Bottom- the AA Musical and a musical about a musical theatre memoir with Richard Bean (One Man Two Governors) for New Group in New York.