Koltai, Ralph (8 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-
Interviewee's home, London
Koltai, Ralph 1924- (speaker, male)
O'Ryan, Lydia (speaker, female)
Part 8: Mentions Edward Gordon Craig; details of student project for Act 2 'Swan Lake'. Association with Norman Morrice [NM], Ballet Rambert [BR]; internal politics of BR including NM securing directorship over David Ellis. Mentions Glen Caplin and Christopher Bruce and productions of 'Hazana', 'The Tribute' and 'Cul de Sac'; working relationship with NM. RK's desire to have had less restriction as designer when young. Brief remarks on present day Art teaching. Further comments on Ruth Keating [Ruth K] including anecdote about miniature set for 'Tobias and the Angel'. RK recalls running theatre group at Central St. Martins including productions of 'The Recruiting Officer' and Goldoni's 'Mirandolina'. Mentions girlfriend Jane's lead opposite Gregory Peck in film, 'The Million Pound Note'. RK's marriage to Anina Stubbs. Mentions Anthony Powell, Sue Blane, Peter Farmer, Maria Bjornson, John Napier; refers to reunion at Central St. Martin's [CSM]. Anecdote about Terry Parsons.
Life story interview with Ralph Koltai (1924-), theatre designer.