Richard’s productions have won CATS, Barclays TMA, Herald Angel and Scottish Theatre awards and have been nominated for thirteen other national awards. He is the original director of the hit comedies The 39 Steps: “Brilliantly directed by Richard Baron…One of the most enjoyable evenings of my life” (Auberon Waugh, Daily Telegraph), and The Ladykillers: “This superbly entertaining production directed by Richard Baron actually bested the original film” (**** Daily Mail). The Sunday Times critic John Peter referred to the “greatness” of his Theatre Royal, Bath, production of Look Back In Anger, starring David Tennant and Kelly Reilly, which won TMA and CATS Best Actor and Director Awards and nominations for Richard, David Tennant and Steven McNicoll and was nominated as Best UK Touring Production in the Whatsonstage Awards.
Other notable productions include The Price at the Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh: “The hugely talented Richard Baron’s direction is as searching as Arthur Miller’s writing” (John Peter, Sunday Times); his critically acclaimed Nottingham Playhouse staging of J M Barrie’s Dear Brutus, “Richard Baron directs a beguiling, consistently compelling production…thrilling, unexpected discoveries such as this make my job worthwhile”(Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph); and his Dundee Rep production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night, described as “Superlative” by The Scotsman, “A national triumph” by The Times, “A showcase of the Art” by the Glasgow Herald and “the best production of the play I have ever seen, including those of Laurence Olivier and Jack Lemmon” in a letter to the press by the award-winning actor Brian Cox.
After graduating from St Andrews University, where he directed the Tenth Scottish Student Drama Festival, Richard was awarded a Scottish Arts Council Trainee Director’s Bursary at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh. He was then appointed Associate Director of Perth Theatre (1995), Scottish Arts Council Associate Director of Dundee Rep (1995-1998), Associate Artist of Dundee Rep (1998-1999), Associate Director of Pitlochry Festival Theatre (1999-2002) and Associate Director of Nottingham Playhouse (2002-2005). He is a founder member and Director of Productions Firebrand Theatre Company.
2005 – John Osborne’s Look Back In Anger (Theatre Royal, Bath and Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh – nominated for TMA and “Whatsonstage” Best Production Awards and 3 Scottish Theatre Awards – Best Director, Best Production and Best Actor – won by David Tennant as Jimmy Porter).
2006 – Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (Nottingham Playhouse, Royal Lyceum Edinburgh and UK Tour – nominated for 4 Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards including Best UK Touring Production), Alan Ayckbourn’s Joking Apart (Northcott Theatre, Exeter), P.G. Wodehouse’s Summer Lightning (Pitlochry), The Importance of Being Earnest (Mercury Theatre, Colchester) and Aladdin (Theatre Royal, Brighton).
2007 – Our Man In Havana (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford), The Flouers of Edinburgh and Taking Sides (Pitlochry) and Cinderella (Theatre Royal Brighton).
2008 – Surviving Spike (Theatre Royal, Windsor and Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Festival), Heartbreak House, She Stoops To Conquer and Arcadia (all at Pitlochry).
2009/10 – Our Man in Havana (Nottingham Playhouse and UK Tour), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and A Servant Of Twa Maisters (Pitlochry Festival Theatre) and national tours of Round The Horne and Stepping Out (nominated in the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards).
2011/13 – See How They Run, Privates on Parade, The 39 Steps, A Chorus of Disapproval, Lady Windermere’s Fan (Pitlochry Festival Theatre); Being Norwegian, Oleanna,White Rose and a CATS Award winning production of Iron (all for Firebrand Theatre Company).
Richard’s other productions include;
- The Tempest, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Mill on the Floss, Feelgood,Travesties, Travels With My Aunt, Dear Brutus and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Nottingham Playhouse).
- Travesties, Laurel and Hardy, The Price and Rookery Nook (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh).
- Long Day’s Journey Into Night (nominated in the TMA Awards), Piaf, All My Sons, Intimate Exchanges and The Glass Menagerie (Dundee Rep – TMA Award for Best Actor won by David Tennant).
- HMS Pinafore, Rough Crossing, The Comedy of Errors and The Boyfriend (Perth Theatre).
- Hard Times, French Without Tears, The Mystery of Irma Vep and Vanity Fair (Northcott Theatre, Exeter).
- Amadeus (Winner TMA Awards), A Streetcar Named Desire, Kind Hearts and Coronets (nominated Scottish Theatre Awards), Man and Superman (nominated Scottish Theatre Awards), Great Expectations, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Weir and The Flouers O’ Edinburgh (Pitlochry Festival Theatre).
He has also directed UK Tours for the Theatre Royal, Bath, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, Bill Kenwright Ltd and the Ambassadors Theatre Group including The 39 Steps and Travels With My Aunt (nominated in the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards).
"The hugely talented Richard Baron"
John Peter, The Sunday Times
"One of the most accomplished and imaginative directors working in Britain today"