Richard Piper has had a distinguished acting career in England and Australia, appearing in over 80 productions, including 40 for Melbourne Theatre Company. After training at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, Piper appeared in West End productions Grease and Elvis. In the 1980s he travelled to Australia as part of the band The Bouncing Czecks, before deciding to move to Melbourne permanently.
His Australian theatre credits As You Like It, The Lady in the Van, Twelfth Night, Born Yesterday, Double Indemnity, Ghosts, Music, The Gift, Drowsy Chaperone, Rockabye, Entertaining Mr Sloane, The Give and Take, Dumb Show, The Daylight Atheist (Green Room Award), Betrayal, Man the Balloon and Life After George for MTC. Other theatre credits include The Black Rider, ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Malthouse Theatre); The Secret River, Gross und Klein, Great Expectations, Moby Dick (Sydney Theatre Company); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Wars of the Roses, Henry V, Henry IV (Bell Shakespeare); Moby Dick, Marat Sade, The Comedy of Errors, Restoration, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, What the Butler Saw (STCSA); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night and Much Ado About Nothing (Australian Shakespeare Company). Piper has appeared in the musicals Oklahoma!, King Kong, Billy Elliot, Come From Away, and on screen in Wentworth, Tangle, Underbelly, City Homicide, Satisfaction, Correlli, Pirates of the Caribbean, Spreadsheet and the upcoming Savage River for the ABC.