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Covent Garden.
Covent Garden.

Richard Handley

Richard Handley, is a performer and theatrical workshop leader with a richly diverse performance background.

Richard was born in Singapore and spent his childhood in Hong Kong and the UK. He has continued to travel extensively in his adult life and has performed in more than 20 countries throughout Asia, Europe and North America.

His first taste of the healing power of fun and laughter came when he performed at Vietnamese refugee camps in Hong Kong. On later travels he has entertained slum kids in Bangkok, orphans in Bombay and villagers in Tibet and Nepal.

Richard has fine-tuned his craft by studying mime and clown performance with the Desmond Jones School of Mime in London, comic acting with the School of Comic Acting in Reggio Emelia in Italy, circus with Fool Time the UK’s premier circus school in Bristol, ‘fooling’ with Jonathan Kay, and Commdia del’Arte with Barry Grantham.

He has since worked in circus, theatre, television and at numerous international festivals.

Culture and Theatre

Since the 1660s Covent Garden has never missed a chance to put on a performance

The first record of Covent Garden street entertainment came in 1662, when Samuel Pepys’ diary notes that a marionette show featuring a character named Punch took place on the Piazza. Today, the custom continues.

For centuries, culture vultures have swooped on Covent Garden. They obviously relished the area’s eclectic, ever-changing mix or opera, ballet , musical theatre and drama, from highbrow and mainstream to fringe and beyond, all tastes are catered for and all emotion are stirred. No other urban quarter in the world has two great opera house and more than twenty thriving theatres


Richard Handley in Covent Garden.