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BIOGRAPHY


2017
Stage: Margarita Dreams, 2017 (Underbelly, Edinburgh)
Commission for the LA Opera: Original Libretto with composer Lee Holdridge: The Kugelmass Episode, (Based on a short story by Woody Allen)

2015
Original Libretto with composer Drew Schnurr: Linda’s Wake


2014
Original Libretto with composer Drew Schnurr: Of Mother and Daughter


2013
Directed and wrote Original Libretto with composer Lee Holdridge all for Los Angeles Opera: Dulce Rosa, (Based on a short story by Isabel Allende), Directed The Soldier's Tale by Stavinsky starring Jack Black for the Young Musicians Foundation at LACMA


2011
Book: Along the Cherry Lane, Biography of Milt Okun


2008
Book: Getting Lucky, Introduction by Tom McEvoy


2006
Original Libretto with composer Lee Holdridge all for theLos Angeles Opera: Concierto Para Mendez,
New Libretto (translations and adaptation): Il Sergalio by Mozart (Washington Symphony),
New Libretti (translations and adaptation): Hansel and Gretel by Humperdinck (Los Angeles Opera)


2005
Book: Diary of a Mad Poker Player


2003
Original Libretto with composer Lee Holdridge all for the Los Angeles Opera: Tanis in America

2001
Film: The Ten-Minute Detective, directed and written by Richard Sparks music by Lee Holdrdge
Original Libretto with composer Lee Holdridge for the California Symphony: The Golden Land,
Film: Christmas in Vienna, Song “One More Year” sung by Placido Domingo, Venessa Williams, Composer Jorge Calandrelli


2000
Original Libretto with composer Lee Holdridge all for Los Angeles Opera: The Magic Dream


1998
Film: The Secret of NIMH 2, (five songs for Eric Idle, Dom deLouise, Al Jarreau, Ralph Macchio )
Original Libretto with composer Lee Holdridge all for Los Angeles Opera: The Prospector,


1996
Original Libretto with composer Lee Holdridge for Los Angeles Opera: Journey to Cordoba,


1996
Film: The Adventures of Pinocchio, (lyrics for a puppet opera Il Colosso, with Brian May and Lee Holdridge, composers)

1991
Film: Lufton Manor with Mel Smith and Elvis Costello, BBC Directed and Written by Richard Sparks
Writer Producer of Fundamental Frolics (Director Mel Smith) with Stephane Grappelli, Not the Nine O'clock News Team, Alexi Sayle, Rick Mayall, Adrian Edmundson, Elvis Costello, Alan Price, Chas and Dave


1986
Stage: The Human Error, (Chichester Festival Thea
tre)


1984
Stage: The Crimson Lizard, (Latchmere Theatre; Leeds Playhouse; tour of New Zealand) starring Gavin Richards


1983
TV series: The Optimist, 1981 – 1983 (Two Seasons), Channel Four


1982
TV series: The Worst of Hollywood, Chanel Four
TV series: Not the Nine O’clock News, 1979 – 82 BBC TV


1981
TV series: The Optimist, 1981 – 1983 (Two Seasons), Channel Four
TV series: Not the Nine O’clock News, 1979 – 82 BBC TV


1980
TV series: Not the Nine O’clock News, 1979 – 82 BBC TV
Stage: Winnie, (Apollo Victoria Theatre, Script Doctor) starring Robert Hardy and Virginia McKenna


1979
TV series: Not the Nine O’clock News, 1979 – 82 BBC TV
TV series: The Flying Kiwi, (Two Seasons, Richard wrote 23 of the 26 episodes on location in New Zealand), Portman Productions / ITV


1978
TV series: The Famous Five, 1976 – 78 (Two Seasons), Portman Productions / ITV
Stage: The Schoolmaster Sketch, (The Secret Policeman’s Ball, performed by Rowan Atkinson, Her Majesty’s Theatre, BBC TV)
Stage: Having a Ball (Hampstead Theatre), starring Rowan Atkinson


1977
TV series: The Famous Five, 1976 – 78 (Two Seasons), Portman Productions / ITV
Stage: Blue Dot Disease, 1977 (Orange Tree Theatre)


1976
TV series: The Famous Five, 1976 – 78 (Two Seasons), Portman Productions / ITV
Stage: It Happened in Venice, (Welsh National Theatre)
Stage: Hegel and Bagel, (Ricky Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh Fringe; Orange Tree Theatre)
Stage: The Artful Widow,(Greenwich Theatre)


1975
TV Series: Cambriantics, HTV Wales
Stage: On the Box, (Welsh National Theatre)


1974
Stage: A Nice Pair (Ricky Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh Fringe; Bush Theatre)


1973
Stage: Oxford Revue 2, (Edinburgh Fringe) starring Mel Smith


1972
Stage: Oxford Revue 1, (Edinburgh Fringe) starring Mel Smith