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Richard Bean

Richard Bean was born in Hull in 1956. After school, he worked in a bread plant before leaving to study Psychology at Loughborough University.
Richard has worked as a psychologist and a stand-up comedian.

His work for the stage includes: The Hypocrite (which has just completed a run at the Royal Shakespeare Company and Hull Truck Theatre), Kiss Me (the Hampstead Downstairs), The Nap (Sheffield Crucible); The Mentalists (Wyndham's Theatre); Made In Dagenham (Adelphi Theatre); Toast (Park Theatre); Pitcairn (Out of Joint /Chichester Festival Theatre/Shakespeare's Globe); Great Britain (National Theatre); Under The Whaleback (The Wilma Theater); One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theatre (Lyttelton)/Adelphi Theatre/Theatre Royal Haymarket/Music Box Theatre, New York/World Tour) *2011 Evening Standard Award for Best Play, 2011 Critics' Circle Award for Best Play, 2012 Award for Best New Comedy; a stage version of David Mamet's The House of Games (Almeida ); The Big Fellah (produced by Out of Joint); Pub Quiz is Life (Hull Truck); England People Very Nice (National Theatre) *Olivier Award Nomination for Best New Play; The English Game (produced by Headlong); Up On Roof (Hull Truck) *Nominated for TMA Play of the Year; In The Club (Hampstead Theatre); a version of Moliere's The Hypochondriac (Almeida); The Heretic (Royal Court) *2011 Evening Standard Award for Best Play; Harvest (Royal Court) *Nominated for Evening Standard and Olivier Best New Play Awards, Winner Critics' Circle Best New Play; Honeymoon Suite (Royal Court)*Pearson Play of the Year; Under The Whaleback (Royal Court)*George Devine Award; Toast (Royal Court); The God Botherers (Bush Theatre); Smack Family Robinson (Newcastle Live!); The Mentalists (Lyttelton Loft, National Theatre); Mr England (Sheffield Crucible Theatre).

His radio plays include Of Rats and Men; Yesterday; Unsinkable; and Robin Hood's Revenge.


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Stage premiere based on the book by Janet Frame
National rural tour Autumn 2020
Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen's hilarious and surreal story for 3 - 7yrs and families
 A New Perspectives and Unicorn co-production, available for Christmas 2020/Spring 2021


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