Koltai, Ralph (17 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 17: Remarks on problems associated with certain materials, including inventive use of mirrors in 'Katya Kabanova'; comments on appropriate designs for specific stage spaces; anecdote about RK's design for 'Tannhauser' in Sydney Opera House. Anecdote about use of balcony in Trevor Nunn's production of 'Romeo and Juliet' at Aldwych theatre. Remarks on differing response of international critics to visual arts. Comments on attitude of Tony Blair to the Arts. Anecdote involving director of Moscow Arts Theatre. RK's interest in Art photography and influence of Josef Svoboda [JS] refers to JS's famous design for 'Electra'. RK describes his own design for 'Twelfth Night' 1996, directed by Sørn Iverson. Describes design concept for Brand 1978.
Life story interview with Ralph Koltai (1924-), theatre designer.