Richard Hartley

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Richard Hartley with Tim Curry, December 1974

Richard Hartley (b. July 28, 1944 in Holmfirth, England, UK) is a British composer and musical arranger.

Rocky Horror

While helping with musical auditions for Jesus Christ Superstar in 1972, he met Jim Sharman and Richard O'Brien. He then scored Sharman's production of The Unseen Hand in 1973, which led to his work with O'Brien of The Rocky Horror Show. He played keyboards in the original 4-piece band that played nightly in the The Rocky Horror Show.

A long professional relationship developed between Hartley and O'Brien, that included not only The Rocky Horror Picture Show and its follow-up film, Shock Treatment, but also O'Brien's other stage creations Tee Zee and Disaster. Together they also worked on the yet-to-be produced Revenge Of The Old Queen.


  • Great Expectations
  • Stealing Beauty
  • Flashbacks of a Fool
  • The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
  • A Thousand Acres
  • Rogue Trader
  • Dance With a Stranger
  • When Brendan Met Trudy
  • Playing God
  • Bad Timing
  • Victory
  • Rough Magic
  • An Awfully Big Adventure
  • Princess Caraboo
  • The Good Father
  • The Martins
  • Pete’s Meteor
  • All The Little Animals
  • Bad Blood
  • Dealers
  • La Truite
  • Mad About Mambo
  • The Brylcreme Boys
  • The Romantic Englishwoman
  • The Secret Rapture


  • Emmy: Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries or a Movie - Alice in Wonderland (1999)
  • CableACE: Original Score - The Impossible Spy (1987)
  • OFTA (Television Award): Best Music in a Motion Picture or Miniseries - Alice in Wonderland (1999)