Richard Bean

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Richard Bean
Born (1956-06-11) 11 June 1956
Hull, England
Occupation playwright
Nationality English
Genre Drama

Richard Bean (born Richard Anthony Bean in East Hull, 11 June 1956) is an English playwright.

Early years

Bean was educated at Hull Grammar School, and then studied Social Psychology at Loughborough University, graduating with a 2:1 BSc Hons. He then worked as an occupational psychologist,[1] having previously worked in a bread plant for a year and a half after leaving school.

Between 1989 and 1994, Bean also worked as a comedian and went on to be one of the writers and performers of the sketch show Control Group Six (BBC Radio) which was nominated for a Writers Guild Award.

Theatre career

In 1995 he wrote the libretto for Stephen McNeff's opera Paradise of Fools, which premiered at the Unicorn Theatre.

His first full-length play Of Rats and Men, set in a psychology lab, was staged at the Canal Cafe Theatre in 1996 and went on to the Edinburgh Festival. He adapted it for BBC Radio, starring Anton Lesser, and it was nominated for a Sony Award.




  1. Daily Telegraph interview, 6 January 2004
  2. Hampstead Theatre website
  3. "Richard Bean's THE NAP, Starring Jack O'Connell, Begins Tonight at the Crucible", broadwayworld, 13 March 2016, retrieved 13 March 2016
  4. "Gemma Arterton to star in Made in Dagenham musical", BBC, 3 March 2014, retrieved 3 March 2014
  5. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 July 2014. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
  6. "Great Britain", National Theatre, 2014, retrieved 7 January 2014
  7. "One Man, Two Guvnors", National Theatre, 2011, archived from the original on 1 March 2011
  8. "The Heretic", Royal Court Theatre, 2011, archived from the original on 28 March 2014
  9. "The Big Fellah", Lyric Theatre, 2010
  10. "House of Games", Almeida Theatre, 2010
  12. "England People Very Nice", National Theatre, 2009
  13. Billington, Michael (14 May 2008), "The English Game Review", The Guardian, London
  14. "In the Club", Hampstead Theatre, 2007
  15. Billington, Michael (6 March 2006), "Up on Roof Review", The Guardian, London
  16. "The Hypochondriac", Almeida, 2005
  17. "Harvest", Royal Court Theatre, 2005
  18. "Honeymoon Suite", Royal Court Theatre, 2004
  19. "Under the Whaleback", Royal Court Theatre, 2003
  20. Hickling, Alfred (29 May 2003), "Smack Family Robinson Review", Guardian, London
  21. "The God Botherers", Bush Theatre, 2003
  22. "The Mentalists", National Theatre, 2002
  23. "Mr England Review", Financial Times, 2000
  24. "Toast", Royal Court Theatre, 1999

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