Richard Pyros

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Recent Victorian Opera performance

Richard played Brother Jackson in Happy End, March 2022

Richard Pyros is an actor who has worked extensively around the world. Graduating from VCA Drama School after completing a B.Music/B.Arts (Criminology) degree at the University of Melbourne, he first performed with many of the main-stage theatre companies around Australia, including Bell Shakespeare, Malthouse, Belvoir and Sydney Theatre Company as well as in the Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Perth ArtsFestivals.

In 2007, his group-devised Gilgamesh toured from Arts Centre Melbourne to the Barbican, London, Sydney Opera House, Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre and Beijing Oriental Pioneer Theatre.

From 2009-2012 he was a member of Sydney Theatre Company's Resident ensemble where he performed in eleven plays and starred opposite Cate Blanchett in the internationally touring, smash-hit production, Gross und Klein. He was nominated for Best Actor at The Green Room Awards, Melbourne for his performance as Oedipus at the Malthouse Theatre. In 2013, he performed in and helped devise six new plays at London’s Royal Court Theatre. Richard performed in the internationally touring production of The Good Person of Szechuan, for acclaimed Chinese director Meng Jinghui at the National Theatre of China. In 2016, Richard performed in Simon Stone’s celebrated production of The Wild Duckand was back at The Royal Court Theatre, London in the world premiere of Anthony Neilson’s, Unreachable, opposite Matt Smith. Richard then starred as Lovborg in Ivo van Hove’s award-winning production of Hedda Gabler, for the National Theatre, London, touring the UK and Ireland. Richard has worked with many of the best directors in Europe, including Ivo van Hove, Romeo Castellucci, Sebastian Nubling, Anthony Neilson, Gavin Quinn and more, as well as Benedikt Andrews, Simon Stone, Matt Lutton, Eamon Flack, Pete Evans, Andrew Upton and more, here in Australia. 

For screen, Richard started out as a lead performer and writer on Channel Seven’s sketch comedy, Big Bite, whilst still at drama school. He then played the title role in Melbourne International Film Festival’s lauded Hamlet and was last seen on film as Randall ‘Teach’ Fuller, a major supporting role in Mel Gibson’s feature film, Hacksaw Ridge, opposite Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn and Sam Worthington. The film premiered at Venice Film Festival was nominated for six Oscars (winning two) and garnered Richard widespread praise for his work. He is currently seen on: Giri/Haji (Netflix/BBC), The Yearly (ABC), The Weekly (ABC), Fisk (ABC) and a recurring role in The Great (Hulu/Channel 4/Stan). 

Richard has also directed two immersive operas in London: Dido and Aeneas and Hansel and Gretel and most recently directed and co-wrote, Chopin’s Piano for MusicaViva at Melbourne Recital Centre, as well as directing the filmed version of the show. Chopin’s Piano tours to concert halls across Australia in 2023.