Koltai, Ralph (16 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 16: RK's recollections of the Ring (continued); anecdote about RH. Remarks on Glen Byam Shaw and John Bletchley's working relationship; attendance at rehearsals. Comments on Robert A... lighting designer; general remarks on attitude of contemporary lighting designers. Refers to incident on production of 'Anna Karenina' for ENO 1981. RK draws distinctions between theatre designers and lighting designers; mentions positive working relationships with Stefan Lazirides, John Napier, Sue Blane, Maria Bjornsen, Richard Hudson, Alison Chitty [AC] Yolande Sonnabend. Remarks on importance of AC's personality as a designer. Refers to increasing presence in theatre of gay designer/director collaboration; attitude in the business to women theatre designers and further remarks on exclusive nature of gay professional relationships. Recollections of As You Like It [AYLI]1967, including reference to Jan Kott's writing, Kenneth Tynan's influence on Laurence Olivier and John Dexter's role . Background to RK's design concept; his admiration for Mark Williamson's music. Mentions quality of cast including Anthony Hopkins dislike of wearing a dress. Anecdote about AYLI with Derek Jacobi [DJ] after meeting DJ in present production of 'Don Carlos' in London. Comments on relative qualities of set materials used in AYLI.
Life story interview with Ralph Koltai (1924-), theatre designer.