Koltai, Ralph (10 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)

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    Part 10: Reflections on RK's talent as abstract artist/sculptor; his empathy with Anthony Caro and pride in own career. RK's interest in exhibiting his own art work. Comments on Samson and Delilah directed by Basil Coleman. Refers to continuing friendship with former wife AS and their earlier professional relationship. Remarks on National Theatre Exhibition of RK's Theatre Design and recent collage sculpture. Recalls designing window displays for Fior (corner of Burlington Gardens and Cork Street, London) and for Richard Shops, Regent St. London. Mentions move to Heathrow Gardens, Wandsworth and building a window display in garden. Background to RK's wife, AS, family (related to painter George Stubbs). RK's loneliness as young man; mother's remarriage. Comments on RK's stepfather's correspondence with George Bernard Shaw. RK reflects on own character traits. Reflections on CSM and budget for Angelique; remarks on scene painting and visits to Kipps Brothers, Theobalds Road, London to purchase materials.

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

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