Koltai, Ralph (20 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 20: Recollections of RK's design for 'My Fair Lady' [MFL] and ensuing production problems. (continued). Story about threat of breach of contract litigation by American producers. Anecdote involving conversation between RK and Richard Chamberlain who played Professor Higgins. RK describes his original design for Ascot scene and Higgins' study. Recalls relationship between himself and first agent Patricia MacNaughton and present agent Rachel Daniels; remarks on designers' need for an agent. Comments on co-founding of Society of British Theatre Designers [SBTD] with Timothy O'Brien, John Bury and peripherally Nicholas Georgiadis; explains SBTD ethos and RK's attitude to transparency regarding designers' fees. Recalls circumstances leading to participation in Prague Quadrennial [PQ]and being part of Gold Medal winning team 1975; details of RK's later awards; mentions retirement of Peter Ruthman Hall as administrator in SBTD and limits of SBTD's effectiveness.
Life story interview with Ralph Koltai (1924-), theatre designer.