Koltai, Ralph (3 of 28)  An Oral History of Theatre Design

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    2002-08-23, 2002-11-06, 2003-01-09, 2003-02-27, 2003-05-

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    Interviewee's home, London

  • Interviewees

    Koltai, Ralph 1924- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    O'Ryan, Lydia (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 3: RK refers to Barn Theatre, Dartington Hall and influence of Joan Kos, artistic director Sadler's Wells. Mentions London Opera Club student productions Angelique by Jaques Hibbert and Le Pauvre Matelot by Millot at Fortune Theatre. RK designs Massenet's 'Werther' and 'Cosi fan Tutti' at Dartington. Remarks on father, AK's, medical practice in Havana. RK's memories of leaving Berlin and witnessing Kristallnacht; comments on Fraulein Kalinski, headmistress of Jewish School and Herr Wachsmann, biology teacher. Story about RK's temporary expulsion from school involving parody on first verse of 'The Earl King'. Remarks on RK's mother and her eventual escape to England; her work as nurse at Epsom Hospital, Surrey. RK's continued contact with children of Patella family.

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    Life story interview with Ralph Koltai (1924-), theatre designer.

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