Richard is represented by Direct Personal Management.

Richard trained in Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham. Since then his theatre work has included repeat bookings with companies including York Theatre Royal, Nottingham Playhouse, Tonguetied/State of Play Theatre, North Country Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse. Much of his theatre work has on family entertainment and has utilised his singing voice and musical skills. Recent credits include The Hunt for the Magical Chocolatey Chick and A Promenade with the Bard.

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On screen Richard played the role of Jared in Emmerdale. View his recent showreel here. He also filmed a short film for the HMS Caroline Experience as well as adverts for Go Outdoors, Motorpoint, Bensons for Beds and Vaillant plus various corporate videos. Previous TV work includes Hollyoaks and further episodes of Emmerdale.

For York Maze Richard has written and performed five different Phantomimes (Halloween pantomimes), plus a Summer panto entitled The Get Lost Show, taking on the role of the Dame.

“If you’ve enjoyed the Maze’s shows before, you won’t be disappointed: it’s a suitably silly story, brought to life by a talented cast, hilarious props and a sparkling script. Expect daft songs, innuendos and audience participation: the kids loved it so much that they kept asking if we could see it again.” – Little Vikings UK


Some past productions:

P1110026In 2015 Richard reprised his role as Mr Trout for State of Play’s (formerly Tonguetied Theatre) The Revenge of Mr Trout for a third year, whilst also performing in The Twaddle Train for York Theatre Royal at the National Railway Museum.


Prior to that he appeared in Richard Hurford’s 3-hander Shakespeare in is Cups for York Theatre Royal as part of the York International Shakespeare Festival.



Richard also appeared in Puss in Boots for State of Play (formerly Tonguetied) at York Theatre Royal:

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 “Multi-talented Richard Kay provides live foley…with a bizarre array of instruments.”

“It is wonderful”  Nick Ahad, Yorkshire Post

Click here to view his full  Spotlight CV

Click here to read some extracts from reviews


Spotlight Showreel

York Maze Phantomime Trailer

The Hunt for the Magical Chocolatey Chick