Richard Hurst trained as a director at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the RNT Studio after leaving Oxford. In 1994 he won the Sunday Times’ Harold Hobson Student Drama Critic Award, and subsequently wrote for The Independent and The Scotsman. In 1995 co-wrote and directed Violent Night for which he won the RSC Buzz Goodbody Director Award, and was shortlisted for The Guardian Award. Associate director of the Grace Theatre and London Writers Forum 1996-9. He currently reads for the BBC writersroom, and has worked for the National Student Drama Festival as a selector, workshop leader, and workshop programme co-ordinator since 1997. He has also run workshops in writing, acting, directing and comedy for the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Wycombe Swan, and Milton Keynes Theatre.
Theatre work as a director includes: Potted Pirates and Potted Potter (Pleasance, Edinburgh, West End, national and international tours); Moon The Loon (Pleasance, Edinburgh); The Edinburgh Love Tour (Pleasance, Edinburgh); Bill Hicks: Slight Return (Pleasance, Edinburgh, and extensive national and international tour including Glasgow Citizens, Manchester Royal Exchange, Dublin Olympia, Soho Theatre, The Venue, Leicester Square, Bloomsbury Theatre, the Arts Theatre, the Apollo, Shaftesbury Avenue, Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne Comedy Festival); The Art Of Success; Hamlet; Women Beware Women; Phaedra’s Love (all BSA); Berkoff’s Agamemnon (Theatre Museum, London); Madame Butterfly’s Child (Sherman Theatre, Cardiff; Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff; Star Alliance Theatre, Hong Kong); Play Wisty For Me: The Life of Peter Cook (Riverside Studios and Pleasance, Edinburgh); Twelfth Night (BAC); As You Like It (LIPA); Ripley Bogle (Time Out Critics’ Choice); and The Tempest (both Grace Theatre).
As writer: Two episodes of the forthcoming series of Secret Diary Of A Call Girl (Tiger Aspect for ITV2 and Showtime) and three webisodes for series two of Secret Diary Of A Call Girl; The Edinburgh Love Tour and Bill Hicks: Slight Return (with Chas Early); Hard Times (national tour) and Ripley Bogle (both adapted); Violent Night (with Griffin Price); Strong Family Values (with Oliver Ryan). He script edited Catriona Craig's short film, Sleep Tight.
co-writes and directs comedy..."
He also co-writes and directs comedy; credits include Jan Ravens: A Funny Look At Impressions (national tour); Girl and Dean; Pegabovine: Polite Club; Pegabovine: Coat of Arms; Silly Billy Bum Breath and Silly Billy Bum Breath Strikes Back (all Pleasance, Edinburgh); work for Comedy Rep (Soho Theatre); Miranda Hart – Throbs! and Miranda Hart's House Party (Pleasance, Edinburgh / London); Space Boy (Pleasance, Edinburgh); Orange Girls (Edinburgh / London); Newsrevue (Canal Cafe Theatre, London). In 1997 he co-founded sketch group The Four Horsemen, all of whose stage shows, in various venues in London and Edinburgh, he wrote for and directed. He was also writer and 2nd AD on The Four Horsemen's This Is Pop! (BBC Choice). He read for the BBC Talent Sitcom scheme in 2000 and 2002, and script edited one of the finalists. He also script edited a sitcom for BBC Radio2 and a sketch show for Radio4, both by Miranda Hart, and is currently co-writing three episodes of her forthcoming BBC2 sitcom with her.
Richard is currently writing two episodes of Secret Diary Of A Call Girl (Tiger Aspect for ITV2) and co-writing three episodes of a forthcoming BBC2 sitcom with Miranda Hart. He's also writing the book and lyrics of a musical version of Judy Blume's Forever.
Current touring work:
Jan Ravens: A Funny Look At Impressions (national tour)
Potted Potter (New Zealand, Edinburgh Fringe)
Potted Pirates (national tour and Edinburgh Fringe)