Richard Coyle was cast as the lead in Peter Gill‘s 2002 stage premiere of The York Realist, and later in the Donmar Warehouse production of the play Proof, in London, alongside Gwyneth Paltrow, and on the success of this he was cast in Patrick Marber‘s reworking of August Strindberg‘s playAfter Miss Julie with Kelly Reilly and Helen Baxendale. From September to November 2004, Coyle played the title role in Michael Grandage‘s production of Friedrich Schiller‘s Don Carlos, which then transferred to the West End from January to April 2005. The cast also included Derek Jacobi, Peter Eyre and Una Stubbs. The V&A theater archive has a copy of a film of the production which can be privately viewed. He was in Peter Gill‘s production of John Osborne‘s Look Back in Anger at the Theatre Royal, Bath from August to September 2006. In 2008 Richard starred in Harold Pinter‘s The Lover and The Collection at the Comedy Theatre in London, alongside Charlie Cox and Gina McKee.