Prowse, Philip (5 of 27)  An Oral History of Theatre Design

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    2005-11-01, 2005-11-09, 2005-11-16, 2005-11-23, 2005-12-07, 2005-12-14, 2005-12-21

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    Interviewee's home, Chelsea

  • Interviewees

    Prowse, Philip 1937- (speaker, male)

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    O'Ryan, Lydia (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 5: Formative influence on PP of RSC productions (continued); mentions Peter Brook's productions of 'Measure for Measure' and ' Romeo and Juliet' ; Beatrix Lehman as Viola (Twelfth Night), Peggy Ashcroft as Cleopatra in 'Antony & Cleopatra', Laurence Olivier in ' Titus Andronicus', ' Macbeth' and ' Twelfth Night' as Malvolio, Vivien Leigh as Viola, Lady Macbeth and Lavinia ('Titus Andronicus' ); John Gielgud; Ralph Richardson as 'Volpone'. Comments on acting standard. Anecdote about Paul Robson's ' Othello'. PP's desire to be a designer; visits to the Ballet. Remarks on stagecraft and notion of design as information. Reference to contemporary television production of 'Bleak House' in relation to notions of context. (refers to Esther, Ada, Woodcourt, John Jarndyce). Mentions Visconti in relation to use of context. Comments on recent production of Noel Coward's ' The Vortex'. Remarks on learning Shakespeare at school; refers to Palgrave's Golden Treasury, 'Ozymandias, King of Kings'. [Tape 3 Side B: BLANK]

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    Life story interview with Philip Prowse (1937-), theatre designer.

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