Prowse, Philip (10 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
Interviewee's home, Chelsea
Prowse, Philip 1937- (speaker, male)
O'Ryan, Lydia (speaker, female)
Part 10: PP anticipates arrival of new local Waitrose supermarket; anecdote about meeting Ian McKellan in Waitrose, Canary Wharf. Remarks on movie director / designer influences including Visconti, Fellini, Pasolini, Bertolucci; mentions Jane Campion, Francis Ford Coppola; draws comparisons between Feretti and Donati, Tosi and Scarfiotti; comments on Fellini's ' Satyricon' and Visconti's ' Ludwig' . Anecdote about Visconiti's film 'Senso' (translated as ' The Wanton Contessa' with Alida Valli and Farley Granger. Costumes by Escoffier. PP recalls problems when designing Gluck's ' Orfeo and Eurydice' at Covent Garden (director John Copley, conductor George Solti ); desribes later design for Opera North. Reference to design for Schiller's 'Don Carlos' . Remarks on design requirements for Oscar Wilde's 'Lady Windermere's Fan' and notion of director sharing his perception with audience. PP describes his perception of ' Duchess of Malfi'; mentions John Webster's ' The White Devil'.
Life story interview with Philip Prowse (1937-), theatre designer.