Writer, musician, composer, nightclub host, actor, curator and adventurer, Richard Strange was born in London in 1951.
Since his proto-punk rock band The Doctors of Madness was first unleashed on an uncomprehending public in 1975 (the band was supported by the Sex Pistols, The Jam and Joy Division) he has been a Zelig-like figure whose presence has been felt in every corner of London’s cultural life.
He founded the hugely influential mixed-media Cabaret Futura in 1980, and has subsequently worked as an actor, appearing extensively on stage, in films and on television. His numerous movie appearances include Batman by Tim Burton, Mona Lisa by Neil Jordan and Gangs of New York by Martin Scorsese, and he appeared in several episodes of the TV sitcom Men Behaving Badly.
He wrote music for contemporary dance companies in the eighties and was European editor of the avant-garde Art Line magazine. As a writer he is a regular contributor to publications as diverse as The Guardian, Tatler, Culture and Travel and Vogue. 1n 1989/90 he toured the world in a Russian Hamlet.
In 2003 he toured the UK with the award-winning Dance Theatre Company Protein Dance, (http://proteindance.co.uk/productions4.html) contributing as an actor, narrator, musician and writer.
Throughout 2004-6 Richard worked with Marianne Faithfull on the Tom Waits/William Burroughs/Robert Wilson collaboration The Black Rider, performing in theatres in London, San Francisco, Sydney and Los Angeles.
In 2009 he was part of Jarvis Cocker’s Meltdown Festival, and last year performed with the producer/arranger Hal Wilner in Brooklyn and at The Barbican, alongside such luminaries as David Byrne, Steve Buscemi, Shane McGowan and Suzanne Vega.
He can be seen in the Harmony Korine movie Mr Lonely, playing the part of Abraham Lincoln, and playing a Death Eater in the last Harry Potter film.
His memoir Strange- Punks and Drunks and Flicks and Kicks, was published to critical acclaim by Andre Deutsch in 2005.
Recently his work in the arts, and with artists, has consumed an increasing amount of his time.
He has collaborated on three projects with the award-winning young artist Haroon Mirza, including Regaining an Element of Control, seen recently at The Hayward Gallery, London, and A Sleek Dry Yell, recently purchased for the nation by the Contemporary Art Society. He curated “New Territories, The Glasgow International Festival of Live Art“ this year, hosted a discussion for the Tate Gallery on Watercolours at Camp Bestival, co-wrote and presented This is Not Magritte, a portrait of the Belgian surrealist for BBC Radio 4 and in November this year curated Cabaret Apocalyptica for Tate Britain, an event celebrating the work of the 18th century painter John Martin.
Richard lives in London and is married to the academic, photographer and artist Kelly Dearsley Strange , with whom he frequently collaborates on Live and Installation Art.