Koltai, Ralph (21 of 28)  An Oral History of Theatre Design

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  • Recording date

    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 21: Recollections of Prague Quadrennial [PQ] awards (continued); describes Sheffield Design Exhibition prior to PQ in 2003; mentions own set for Scottish Opera's 'Dalibor'. Remarks on difference of design approach between RK and Timothy O'Brien [TOB]. Comments on John Bury's professional background with Joan Littlewood and attitude to Art education. Remarks on RK's relationship with Peter Kemp [PK] and PK's award from Association of British Theatre Technicians [ABTT]; details of RK's design for Peter Maxwell Davies' 'Taverner' 1972. Anecdote about emergency consultation with PK on engineering problems; anecdotes about Benjamin Luxon and Raymond Herring. Remarks on aspect of the 'Taverner' set. Recollections of personal relationship with Anina Stubbs, later RK's wife and sojourns in Royal Avenue, Chelsea, Wellington Gardens and The World's End, Chelsea, also house in Wandsworth Common. Mentions friendship with Francis Smith (Smilby), cartoonist on Punch and Playboy.

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

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