Richard is a pioneer of modern stage lighting in Britain and his work has been seen in London, New York, Paris, Berlin, Vienna and Moscow. He was the first British lighting designer to design the lighting for a Broadway musical, Zorba. He was the lighting designer of the Hal Prince hit revival of Show Boat on Broadway (Drama Desk Award, Outer Circle Critics Award-lighting), in Toronto (Dora Award - Outstanding Lighting) and on tour throughout the US (NAACP Award for Lighting).
In 2016 Richard lit the 60th Anniversary production of My Fair Lady, directed by Dame Julie Andrews, at the Sydney Opera House. Richard Pilbrow also lit the Cy Coleman musical The Life, for which he received a Tony Award nomination. He was lighting designer for Our Town with Paul Newman at the Westport Playhouse, on Broadway and for a hi-definition video for PBS. In 2006 Richard was lighting designer (with Dawn Chiang) on the USA National tour of The Boy Friend for Goodspeed Summer Musicals, for which he also lit Where’s Charley? and Very Good Eddie.