Koltai, Ralph (24 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 24: RK recalls working with Ken Russell [KR] on 'Die Soldaten' by Bernd Alois Zimmermann; describes design concept including materials and use of film projection. Comments on KR's directing style. Remarks on general design demands of 'Tannhauser' as an opera; details of RK's design for 1986 production in Geneva. Remarks on RK's design for Mozart's Don Giovanni directed by Johannes Schaaf [JS] at Marynski Theatre, St. Petersburg; comments on cast attitude to JS. Pros and cons of designing for the theatre and opera. Remarks on riveting performance by Ian Richardson in Hochhuth's The Representative. Further comments on Kenneth Tynan and Laurence Olivier.
Life story interview with Ralph Koltai (1924-), theatre designer.