Richard Bean

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Richard Bean
Born (1956-06-11) 11 June 1956 (age 57)
Hull, England
Occupation playwright
Nationality English
Genres Drama

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

Early years[edit]

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 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 stand-up 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[edit]

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. ^ "One Man, Two Guvnors", National Theatre, 2011 
  3. ^ "The Heretic", Royal Court Theatre, 2011 
  4. ^ "The Big Fellah", Lyric Theatre, 2010 
  5. ^ "House of Games", Almeida Theatre, 2010 
  6. ^ "England People Very Nice", National Theatre, 2009 
  7. ^ "The English Game Review", The Guardian, 2008 
  8. ^ "In the Club", Hampstead Theatre, 2007 
  9. ^ "Up On Roof Review", The Guardian, 2006 
  10. ^ "The Hypochondriac", Almeida, 2005 
  11. ^ "Harvest", Royal Court Theatre, 2005 
  12. ^ "Honeymoon Suite", Royal Court Theatre, 2004 
  13. ^ "Under the Whaleback", Royal Court Theatre, 2003 
  14. ^ "Smack Family Robinson Review", Guardian, 2003 
  15. ^ "The God Botherers", Bush Theatre, 2003 
  16. ^ "The Mentalists", National Theatre, 2002 
  17. ^ "Mr England Review", Financial Times, 2000 
  18. ^ "Toast", Royal Court Theatre, 1999 
  19. ^ "Gemma Arterton to star in Made in Dagenham musical", BBC, 2014, retrieved 2014-03-03 

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