Writer of film, TV, theatre, and to-do lists. CEO of the MCU (Marsh Connected Universe). I will rhyme for money (write poems on commission).
More on past shows here.
Following our Albert Hall show in front of Die Hard co-screenwriter, Steven E. de Souza, we tour the USA November to December - all dates here. I'm performing up to December 17th, then Darrel Bailey dons the vest for the last week of Denver and Boston. We're back in the UK in 2024 in Northampton and Oxford. Watch this space for more news of this AWARD-WINNING show (best comedy in the London pub theatre awards).
High above Los Angeles, terrorists have seized a skyscraper, capturing everyone inside. Everyone? Not quite. One man managed to escape – an off-duty poet. A poet with a badge. He’s outnumbered, outgunned – and the hostages’ only hope.
RECOMMENDED / CRITICS CHOICE in: The Guardian, Time Out, The Stage, The Telegraph, The Times, the i, Times Radio, Lyn Gardner on StageDoor, The Sunday Times, British Comedy Guide, Reader's Digest, London Pub Theatres. Off West-End pick of the year in Broadway World. Yippee Ki Yay was also featured in The New York Times and on Sky News.
Reviews for the London run:
★★★★ in The Times
'this Die Hard with rhymes is epically entertaining... with this level of panache, wit, insight and — unexpectedly — tenderness.'
★★★★★ in Broadway World
'Beg, borrow or crawl through rat-infested air ducts for a ticket to this brilliant parody of Die Hard.'
★★★★ in Everything Theatre
'If you like your action movies with heart and your poetry smart, fast and funny, Yippee Ki Yay will prove a welcome treat this Christmas.'
★★★★ 1/2 in The Reviews Hub
'Demonstrating excellent physicality and comic timing throughout, the performer captivates his crowd. ... The show closes with rapturous and well-warranted applause.'
★★★★ in London Pub Theatres
‘It’s fast, it’s funny and it’s thoroughly absorbing.’
-- and we have been nominated for a London pub theatres Standing Ovation award.
★★★★ in The Stage
'He nails Bruce Willis’ laconic one-liners and Alan-Rickman-as-Hans-Gruber’s deliciously dry manner.'
Very proud to be among their best shows of the year.
★★★★ in The Guardian
'This kinetic afternoon comedy never flags...guarantees happy trails.'
★★★★ in The Telegraph
' his storytelling chops are undeniable... You’d have to be as heartless as Hans Gruber not to be touched and uplifted by the sentimental (but Hollywood cliché-defying) ending.'
Proud to be among their best shows of the fringe.
★★★★ in The Mail on Sunday (link coming)
'the genius creation of action poet Richard Marsh.'
★★★★ in The Scottish Mail (link coming)
'Vest show in town... An exciting poetry dreamed gem... simply to Die Hard for.'
★★★★★ in The Courier
'A fantastic piece of theatre written and performed by Richard Marsh... an extraordinary one-man performance.'
★★★★ in The List
'Welcome to the party, pal!'
★★★★ in The Arts Desk
'What a lovely show this is... You don’t have to have seen the movie to enjoy this.'
★★★★ in British Theatre Guide
'A charming performance... rollicking fun.'
Not a full review, but RECOMMENDED by British Comedy Guide
'An absolutely glorious high-concept from poet Richard Marsh: his rhyming Bruce Willis is spot-on, but it's the concurrent love story that really pulls you in.'
Also: 'My favourite show of the whole Fringe... Great idea, great execution.'
Skittles went on from Edinburgh to be commissioned for Radio 4 as Richard Marsh: Love & Sweets, and won Best Scripted Comedy at the BBC Audio Drama Awards. My poetry sitcom Cardboard Heart was recently repeated on Radio 4.
Wingman played at the Edinburgh fringe, Soho Theatre and iO West in LA and is in development for TV with Big Talk / CBS Studios.
I'm working on a musical adaptation of Son of Rambow. Miranda Cooper, Nick Coler, Sam Hodges and I have spent several years adapting this brilliant film for the stage. A film that I love, and a process I have loved. We had a workshop production at The Other Palace and our song My First Ex-Boyfriend came second in the 2020 Stiles & Drewe prize.
Can a one-night stand last a lifetime?
Two hopeful, hapless romantics can barely get breakfast – let alone get together.
In her eyes, he’s a mistake. A mistake who keeps turning up at parties. In his eyes, she’s perfect. He’s short-sighted. An achingly funny on-off love story of good intentions and bad timing.
The show recently ran in the West End, starring Ayesha Antoine and Felix Scott.
Katie and I began writing together due to both living in Tooting and a shared love of love stories. But mostly because we both lived in Tooting.
A poetry sitcom set in a greetings card company. We were lucky enough to get an amazing cast: Phil Daniels, Olivia Poulet, Jemima Rooper, Rebecca Scroggs, Russell Tovey, Sam Troughton - and me. Directed by Pia Furtado, produced by Ben Worsfield. Theme tune is Hackney Colliery Band's amazing version of Lianne La Havas' tune 'Is Your Love Big Enough.'
A story about love (and sweets, which are more reliable).
Theatre / poetry / storytelling show Skittles began life as a scratch at BAC, directed by Tim Roseman. Tim and I developed it there, then Dan Coleman took over as director and we took the show to the Nursery and Pulse festivals before heading to the Pleasance for the Edinburgh fringe. It was commissioned by Radio 4 for a 4 x 15' radio series, produced by Ben Worsfield. Retitled Richard Marsh: Love & Sweets, it won Best Scripted Comedy at the BBC Audio Drama Awards.
More on the show here.
Mum’s dead. Annoyingly, dad’s not.
After twenty years apart, can father and son say goodbye to mum without saying hello to each other? This achingly funny story reminds us: no matter how bad life is, family can make it worse.
I can write poems for birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas parties... and weddings. That couple above? Did their whole ceremony. They're still very happily together several years on. When I marry you, you stay married. They've even had kids. Though I can't really take credit for that.
If you'd like to know more about commissioning me or booking me for an event, please get in touch.