Koltai, Ralph (14 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 14:RK's trip to Malta with Clifford Williams [CW] continued. Mentions 'The Jew of Malta' cast, including Eric Porter, Michelle Dotrice, Tony Church. Comments on designer's responsibility to the actor; anecdote about Peter Hall's [PH] response to RK's design for JB's production of 'Timon of Athens' which did not materialise. Remarks on teaching methods and relationship with CSM; details of RK's role as Head of Design at CSM; comments on present day regime at CSM and reasons for leaving in 1972; positive memories of adequate funding for Design department. RK's attitude to student experimentation. Remarks on travelling arrangements between Stratford upon Avon and London. Brief mention of reason for cancellation of Derek Godfrey's production of 'Timon of Athens'. Discussion of attitude to technical problems; anecdote about technical disaster on David Bintley's production of 'The Planets' at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden [ROHCG]. Comments on resolution of technical complexities; anecdote about design for Scottish Opera's Boris Godounov directed by Michael Geliot.

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

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