Koltai, Ralph (19 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)

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    O'Ryan, Lydia (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 19: Background to production of Tennessee Williams' [TW] 'Suddenly Last Summer' [SLS] at Nottingham Playhouse. (RK mistakenly says Emlyn Williams but clearly means TW). Mentions influence of Ruth Mackenzie; refers to difficulties with Linda Marlowe as Mrs. Venables. Describes design concept; remarks on increasing complexity of lighting technology and RK's own retreat from lighting productions after 'Tannhauser' 1979. Recalls Mark Williamson's soundtrack for SLS and Louise de la Marr's performance as Catherine. Refers to Cicely Berry, voice coach at Royal Shakespeare Company(RSC). Remarks on impact of metric conversion on production of scale models; refers to John Gunter's working practice and America's adherence to Imperial measurement system. Recollection of RK's design for My Fair Lady [MFL] directed by Howard Davies 1991.

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

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