Sir Richard Charles Hastings Eyre CBE (born 28 March 1943) is an English director of film, theatre and television.
He was Associate Director at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh from 1967 to 1972. He won STV Awards for the Best Production in Scotland in 1969, 1970 and 1971.
He was artistic director of Nottingham Playhouse from 1973-78 where he commissioned and directed many new plays, including Trevor Griffith's Comedians.
Eyre was director of the National Theatre (which became the Royal National Theatre during his time there) between 1987 and 1997, having previously directed a noted revival of Guys and Dolls for the venue in 1982. His diaries during this time have been published as National Service and won the 2003 Theatre Book Prize.
Other than Guys and Dolls, his most noted theatre productions are of Hamlet (twice), with Jonathan Pryce at the Royal Court in 1980 and Daniel Day-Lewis in 1989; Richard III with Ian McKellen; King Lear with Ian Holm; Tennessee Williams' Night of the Iguana and Sweet Bird of Youth; Eduardo Di Filippo's Napoli Milionaria and Le Grande Magia; John Gabriel Borkman with Paul Scofield, Vanessa Redgrave and Eileen Atkins; Hedda Gabler with Eve Best, and