Richard Hough trained as a physicist, but quickly tired of the truth and decided to make a career as a fulltime fabulist instead. He started small, with comedy sketches for BBC television and radio (where his credits include REVOLVER, THE NOW SHOW, LOOSE ENDS, WHAT’S THE STORY? and THE NEWS QUIZ); with producer Ben Walker, he developed the sitcom MAD ABOUT THE BOY and a 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).
Since 2014, Richard has written several musicals with composer Ben Frost, including a new 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); and a fantasy suggested by Goethe’s THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE (with productions in Letchworth, and at The Ambassador’s Theatre, London, directed by Ryan McBryde).
Richard has written a number of comic plays including NIGHTSCHOOL (a loose trilogy for the Theatre Museum, Covent Garden) and the otherwise unrelated NIGHTTIME TV (co-created with Laura Solon for The Soho Theatre, and the Edinburgh Fringe).
Currently, Richard and Ben are working on a musical adaptation of Graham Greene’s OUR MAN IN HAVANA for The Watermill, Newbury (to be directed by Matt Ryan).
Richard is the author of YOU CAN SAVE THE PLANET (published by A & C Black for Guardian Books); his short stories have been published by Pen Pusher and Leaf Books.