Koltai, Ralph (28 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 28: RK describes creative process of working with rusty metal at his studio in France and co-operation of local farmer; comments on pictures of his sculptural work with rusty and shiny metal and with spheres. Expresses desire to further exhibit his work. Refers to working with David Pountney on 'Katya Kabanova' 2003. Remarks on RK's design for 'Macbeth'; anecdote about Duke of Edinburgh's reference to Margaret Thatcher. RK mentions previous studio spaces in Islington and various addresses in London, including Chelsea, Parliament Hill Fields, Highgate, West Cromwell Road and Kentish Town. Mentions Abigail and Ben, children of former girlfriend Joanna Dunham and restaurant called The Engineer, Primrose Hill. RK comments on being childless and the sole survivor of his family.

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

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