Richard Kates – Writer/Actor/Director
RICHARD’s career has taken him through almost every avenue of the profession. Starting as an actor at Oldham Rep, he was then cast in a starring role in the the BBC’s rock opera ORION. This was followed by a wide and diverse number of leading roles in London’s West End and around the country.
He was the first person in England to play Jesus in both GODSPELL and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR.
In 1984 he wrote the hugely acclaimed satirical revue ‘WICKED LIPS’ which led to him writing extensively for TV.
The subsequent years have been divided between acting, writing and directing. He has contributed many articles to various periodicals and as an award winning songwriter, with three CDs of his words and music to his name. He is currently working on his first one man show of his words and music called 'IT'S WHAT I UNDERSTAND'.
He played Frank N. Furter in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW on numerous occasions over a period of 17 years.
Joseph in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT.
John Emery in TALLULAH WHO? (Opposite Suzi Quatro).
Cliff in CABARET.
Charlie Brown in YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN.
Hero in A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM (opposite Frankie Howerd).
Phileas Fogg in AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS.
Mr. D’Arcy in PRIDE AND PREJUDICE.
Richard Sackville in the Richard Burton film ABSOLUTION.
Joey in IN PRAISE OF LOVE (opposite Richard Todd).
Rob in ROBIN REDBREAST.
Donal Davoren in THE SHADOW OF THE GUNMAN.
Richard in THE LOVER.
Simon Spelling in the film FLUFF.
As well as being cast as one of the principal roles in the BBC’s rock opera ORION, Richard has also written for TV. His credits include:
COPY CATS - for which he also wrote the title song.
THE LAURENCE OLIVIER AWARDS - where Diane Langton opened the ceremony with his song TO WIN AN AWARD.
THE RUSS ABOTT SHOW.
THE LAUGHTER SHOW.
TAKE THE PLUNGE.
DAVRO ON THE BOX.
THE GREAT WHITE SHARK (Narrator).
Wicked Lips - Donmar warehouse & Boulevard Theatre.
Celebration - Players Theatre.
Happy Families - Sadlers Wells.
A Song, a Frock and a Tinkle - Donmar Theatre & National Tour.
Dehli Belly - starring Michelle Fine, music video.