Koltai, Ralph (9 of 28)  An Oral History of Theatre Design

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  • Recording date

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

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's home, London

  • Interviewees

    Koltai, Ralph 1924- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    O'Ryan, Lydia (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 9: Remarks on Roland Petit's Company (continued). Mentions Tyrone Guthrie's production of 'Tamburlaine' with Donald Wolfit, Ralph Richardson in Cyrano de Bergerac, 'Caucasian Chalk Circle' 1956 and 'Mother Courage' with Helen Weigel and Angelica Herwitz. Refers to Brecht and Caspar Neher. Brief reference to Oliver Messel design for Ring Round the Moon. Refers to Christopher Fry's 'The Lady's Not For Burning' and performance of Paul Scofield. Comments on influence of Sean Kenny on RK's design. Anecdote about Caravaggio exhibition presently at Royal Academy London; comments on dishonesty about present day Design training. Recalls review by Michael Billington describing RK's ability to 'find the metaphor'. Mentions Peter Brook. RK's relationship with Clifford Williams, Terry Hands and Christopher Morahan [CM] Refers to CM and wife Anna Carteret. RK's relationship with David Jones and details of 'The Tempest' at Chichester. Describes Howard Davies production of 'Troilus and Cressida', mentioning influence of 'Tara in Gone with the Wind'. Remarks on RK's design for Rolf Hochhuth's 'The Representative' including reference to Robert David Macdonald. Anecdote about Peter Brook. Role of designer in relation to Pinter's 'The Birthday Party'.

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

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