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Richard Bean’s plays include England People Very Nice for the National, The Heretic, Harvest (winner of the 2006 Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Play), Honeymoon Suite, Under the Whaleback and Toast for the Royal Court and The Big Fellah for Out of Joint at the Lyric Hammersmith and on tour. He adapted David Mamet’s House of Games and wrote a new version of The Hypochondriac for the Almeida Theatre.

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[West End, 2014]



Richard Bean Awards and Nominations

Evening Standard Awards - 2011 - Best Play

Richard Bean, One Man, Two Guvnors

Olivier Awards - 2010 - Best New Comedy

Richard BeanEngland People Very Nice

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Simon Russell Beale to Appear at Shakespeare's Globe's MOVING STORIES, in Support of the UN Refugee Agency

On Sunday 25 June, Shakespeare’s Globe will host ‘Moving Stories’ in the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in support of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. The event will include sketches, short plays and songs examining the experiences of refugees, and responses to the crisis.

Tom Stoppard and Richard Bean Feature in Hampstead Theatre's New Season

Hampstead Theatre has announced a full season of eight new productions beginning on 7 September 2023 and running until 16 March 2024.

Patricia Clarkson, Alex Lawther, Daryl McCormack, And Louisa Harland Join Brian Cox For LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT West End

The new West End production of Eugene O'Neill's autobiographical magnum opus Long Day's Journey into Night led by Emmy-winner Brian Cox has added Golden Globe and Emmy-winner Patricia Clarkson (Sharp Objects) and more to its cast.

Good Theater Reveals Lineup For 2023-24 Season

Following a successful 20th anniversary season in 2022 and early 2023, Good Theater has announced the schedule for the 2023/2024 season. 

National Theatre Live Screening of JACK ABSOLUTE FLIES AGAIN to be Presented at Hammer Theatre Center in March

Bay Area Theatre lovers will be transported to pastoral Britain during the 1940s when Hammer Theatre Center presents the National Theatre Live screening of Jack Absolute Flies Again.

ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS Comes to New Theatre Next Month

Acclaimed playwright Richard Bean has relocated the action to the swinging 60s and channeled the classic humour of Ealing comedies, Carry On films and Fawlty Towers, to bring fresh life to Carlo Goldoni's 18th century Italian farce, The Servant of Two Masters.

Review Roundup: THE UNFRIEND at the Criterion Theatre

Following its acclaimed sold-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre, The Unfriend has now opened in the West End for a strictly limited run from 15 January. This riotous dark comedy from writer Steven Moffat and director Mark Gatiss, the award- winning team behind BBC's Sherlock, stars an uproarious cast including Reece Shearsmith, Amanda Abington and Frances Barber. What did the critics think of Steven Moffat's dark comedy?

ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS Comes to Delaware Theatre Company in February 2023

One Man, Two Guvnors comes to Delaware Theate Company in February 2023! The play is written by Richard Bean, based on Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, with songs by Grant Olding, and directed By Bud Martin.

The Ridgefield Playhouse to Screen National Theatre's JACK ABSOLUTE FLIES AGAIN This Month

The best of British Theatre will continue to be screened at The Ridgefield Playhouse when it presents National Theatre in HD's Jack Absolute Flies Again on Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at 7pm. The evening is part of the FirstLight Home Care Classical Series.

Interview: Jemma Kennedy on her new guide to creative process, THE PLAYWRIGHT'S JOURNEY

Jemma Kennedy on her new guide to creative process, THE PLAYWRIGHT'S JOURNEY

Eddie Izzard to Bring CHARLES DICKENS' GREAT EXPECTATIONS to Greenwich House Theater in December

Eddie Izzard will return to the New York stage this December for six weeks only playing 21 characters in Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, a classic tale of convicts, mystery, friendship, rivalry, unrequited love, revenge, and redemption for six weeks only at The Greenwich House Theater.

See The National Theatre Of London's JACK ABSOLUTE at The Ridgefield Playhouse Next Month

This fall The Ridgefield Playhouse continues its tradition of presenting the best of British theater with its FirstLight Home Care Classical Series. On Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at 7pm is the National Theatre in HD screening of Jack Absolute Flies Again, a rollicking new comedy by Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors) and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night).

See National Theatre Of London's FRANKENSTEIN at The Ridgefield Playhouse This Month

The international sensation National Theatre of London's Frankenstein starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange, Hamlet, BBC's Sherlock) and Jonny Lee Miller (Elementary, Trainspotting) is returning to the big screen of the Ridgefield Playhouse! Captured live in 2011, this imaginative retelling of Mary Shelley's classic novel was experienced by almost half a million people in cinemas around the world.

JEKYLL AND HYDE Comes to Queens Theatre Hornchurch This Month

Jekyll and Hyde, currently running to great critical acclaim at Derby Theatre, will arrive at Queen's Theatre Hornchurch 26 October – 12 November.

Zachary Quinto Sets West End Debut in BEST OF ENEMIES

Best of Enemies will begin previews at the Noël Coward Theatre on 14 November with an opening night on 28 November. Find out how to get tickets to Zachary Quito's West End Debut

Exclusive: Tickets From £24 for JACK ABSOLUTE FLIES AGAIN

Exclusive: tickets from just £24 for Jack Absolute Flies Again.

Delaware Theatre Company Artistic and Executive Director Bud Martin Announces Retirement

Delaware Theatre Company’s Artistic and Executive Director Bud Martin has announced his plan to retire in 2023. To facilitate the transition, DTC’s board of directors has appointed current Managing Director Matt Silva, who has been with DTC for the past four seasons, to the Executive Director role, effective August 16, 2022.

Cast Announced For JEKYLL AND HYDE at Derby Theatre and Queen's Theatre Hornchurch

Derby Theatre and Queen's Theatre Hornchurch have announced the cast and creative team for their co-production of Jekyll and Hyde this autumn. Robert Louis Stevenson's iconic tale will be brought vividly to life through Neil Bartlett's brilliant and extraordinary adaptation, and through a stellar cast and creative team.

Review: JACK ABSOLUTE FLIES AGAIN, National Theatre

Jack Absolute Flies Again! Originally scheduled for the Spring of 2020, it took two years, a director change, and a cast reshuffling for the show to get off the ground. It finally lands at the Olivier in a flashy production that has very little substance. One wonders how such a play ended up on one of the most coveted, prominent stages in London.

Giles Terera-Led OTHELLO and New Play KERRY JACKSON to Be Presented at the National Theatre

The National Theatre has announced two further productions to be staged this winter, Shakespeare's Othello and Kerry Jackson a new play by April De Angelis, both going on sale to the public on 21 July.


Richard Bean has written 4 shows including One Man, Two Guvnors (Playwright), Toast (Playwright), Young Marx (Playwright), The Nap (Playwright).

Best Play (Evening Standard Awards) for One Man, Two Guvnors Best Play (Evening Standard Awards) for The Heretic and Best New Comedy (Olivier Awards) for England People Very Nice .

Best Play (Evening Standard Awards) for One Man, Two Guvnorsand Best Play (Evening Standard Awards) for The Heretic.

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