Koltai, Ralph (25 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)

  • Interviewers

    O'Ryan, Lydia (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 25: Comments on Kenneth Tynan and Laurence Olivier (continued). Remarks on Peter Hall [PH] including his foresight in opening Aldwych Theatre for RSC London productions; comments on working with Trevor Nunn [TN] and Andrʹe Previn on 'Every Good Boy Deserves Favour'; appraisal of TN, PH and Richard Eyre's work on Musicals. Detailed description of scene from Edmund Rostand's 'Cyrano de Bergerac' to highlight effectiveness of RK's design. Remarks on winning Society of West End Theatres Designer of the Year award. Recollections of working with Jerome Savary [JS] on 'Metropolis', including JS's problems with cast and composer Jo Brooks; also role of sponsor Morgan Stanley. Remarks on show's unsuccessful run.

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

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