He then took the more substantial role of Delio in John Webster’s Jacobean tragedy .
This opened in November 2000 at the Barbican Theatre, London, transferring to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford in February 2001.
instilled me with a discipline that has stood me in good stead - never to be late, to know your lines and to be professional." It gave its pupils opportunities to appear in local amateur and professional productions, and by the time Richard left school at 17, he had already appeared in at the Nachtcircus in Budapest.
Here he “threw hoola hoops to a skateboarding Russian and held ladders for [a] juggling act…did guide roping for the trapeze, and…a weird kind of UV glow-in-the-dark mime illusion thing”. He was also studying for a Society of British Fight Directors qualification.
His next two appearances on TV had been filmed before .
An eighteen month engagement with the Royal Shakespeare Company followed.His first television appearances had come while he was still working in musical theatre.By the mid 1990’s he had appeared in an episode of for the BBC, a modern interpretation of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights.They included four television adverts for the bank Santander, radio and television adverts for the Alfa Romeo Mito Multiair, a pair of radio advertisements for jewellery and several radio and television trailers for Sky television (The Leaders Debate, General Election coverage, and Sky Sports channels.He also became the voice of the BBC's coverage of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, being heard in a number of trailers on both television and radio before and during the Games in February.
And then in the summer of the same year came another recurring role in a big ITV drama series – Capt Ian Macalwain in the second series of the SAS drama, .