Recent work includes: The Nutcracker (American Ballet Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (National Ballet of Canada), Le Coq D’or and La Bayadere (Royal Danish Ballet), Wagner’s Ring Cycle (Teatro Massimo, Palermo), Versailles (Donmar Warehouse), Yumé (Opera de Reims), Peter Grimes (Opera de Lyon), La Traviata (Grange Park), The Sleeping Beauty (Amercian Ballet Theatre at The Metropolitan Opera and La Scala) and Morgen und Abend (Royal Opera House and Deutsche Oper).
Richard has designed sets and costumes for operas at Glyndebourne, Covent Garden, The Metropolitan Opera, New York, La Scala Milan, Maggio Musicale Florence, English National Opera, Scottish Opera, Kent Opera, Opera North, Wiener Staatsoper, Munich, Chicago, Copenhagen, Athens, Bregenz, Amsterdam, Zurich, Barcelona, Madrid, Brussels, Houston and Washington and Rome.
He has also designed for the Aldeburgh Festival, Royal Ballet, Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Royal Court, Almeida and Young Vic.
In 1988 he won an Olivier Award for a season of plays at the Old Vic, and for The Lion King he received a Tony Award in 1998. He is a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI). In 2003 he won the Gold Medal for set design at the Prague Quadrenniale, and in 2005 he was given an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Surrey.