Richard Hartley

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For the scientist, see Richard Hartley (scientist).

Richard Hartley (born 28 July 1944) is a British composer.

His work is extensive and varied, including musical arrangement for theatre and many scores for television and film. In the 1970s he began a long association with Richard O'Brien. Hartley was originally part of the four-piece band for the Rocky Horror Show. He went on to arrange the score for the London Stage show. He then went on to provide arrangements for the film adaptation, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and its follow-up Shock Treatment, and worked with O'Brien on another, as yet unproduced, sequel, Revenge of the Old Queen.

Hartley is sometimes confused with fellow British composer/musician Richard Harvey because of their similar last names.

In the 1980s, Hartley worked primarily in television, including providing the music for the 1986 Doctor Who story Mindwarp. However, he also composed for film, including the score for the film Sheena, for which Hartley was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award, the 1983 film The Return of Captain Invincible, and the film Bad Blood. However, one of his lesser known works is the music for The Fifth Dimension, a dark ride at Chessington World of Adventures.

In the 1990s he provided the score for many films including Princess Caraboo, Victory, Rogue Trader, The Secret Rapture, An Awfully Big Adventure (the latter of which was released on CD) and Alice in Wonderland in which he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries or a Movie (Dramatic Underscore).

Hartley provided music for the BBC/HBO film The Life and Death of Peter Sellers in 2004, and most recently wrote the music for the film Flashbacks of a Fool (2008).

Stage productions[edit]

  • Dionysius 73 (Harrowgate Opera House, 1973) – composer, musical director
  • The Threepenny Opera (Sydney Opera House, 1973) – musical arrangements
  • The Rocky Horror Show (Royal Court Theatre, 1973) – musical director
  • Tooth of Crime (Royal Court Theatre, 1974) – musical director
  • T. Zee (Royal Court Theatre, 1976) – composer, musical director
  • The Rocky Horror Show (Broadway, 1975) – vocal and dance music arrangements
  • Disaster (Institute of Contemporary Arts, 1978) – composer, musical director
  • The Stripper (Sydney Theatre Company, 1982) – composer, musical director
  • The Rocky Horror Show (London, 1990) – musical arrangements
  • The Stripper (UK tour, 2009) – composer, musical director


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