Richard trained at the E15 Acting School (1967–70), where he was in the production of The Long and the Short and the Tall. Early acting work from Richard's connections at E15 included, Aristophanes - Ecclesiazusae and Braggart Soldier. He then went into Repertory Theatre at Oldham and Lincoln. At Lincoln Theatre Royal he appeared in 'Happy as a Sandbag' and 'Leave Him to Heaven' and many more plays and musical productions. The other repertory companies and local theatres that Richard worked in after Lincoln included, the Theatre Royal Stratford East, Birmingham Rep, Nottingham Playhouse, New Victoria Theatre Stoke on Trent, Newcastle, Leicester Haymarket, Greenwich, Colchester, Young Vic London, Salisbury, Bristol, Derby and Cheltenham. Richard was in the London West End production of 'Happy as a Sandbag'. As a founding member of the Pentabus touring theatre company, Richard gained a lot of experience in touring theatre work. The Pentabus Experiment or Concept as it was originally known was formed in 1973. At the forefront of the development of rural arts in the 1970s, initially Pentabus - so named because it served five counties in the Midlands - toured schools, village halls, pubs, local venues and numerous outdoor locations. Richard's other touring theatre work includes, Bristol Express, Monstrous Regiment and Shared Experience. Fringe Theatre appearances with The Combination, Soho Poly Theatre and Traverse Theatre. In the cast of "Wolf" at the Edinburgh Festival. A one-man show called 'RIP Maria Callas' at The Edinburgh Festival. In the late 1970s Richard was one of the founders of an actors cooperative agency known as ACM Managment. ACM was based in the Gray's Inn area of London EC1. Many of the actors that joined ACM have enjoyed long and successful careers on the stage and in film.