Prowse, Philip (11 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 11: PP recalls problems with design for production of ' The Seagull' [ TS] with R E in Edinburgh; mentions resident designer, Geoffrey Scott and Artistic director, Clive Perry. Describes production for Greenwich of TS; anecdote involving Maria Aitken who played Madame Arkadina. Remarks on problem of plays in translation. PP talks about initial sojourn in Glasgow and problematic first season at Citizens Theatre; decision to employ more adventurous approach. PP recalls 1971 production of ' The Relapse' John Vanburgh with Jonathan Kent, Ian McDiarmid, Cheryl Campbell, Chris Ryan, Carol Drinkwater, Mike Gwilym, Rupert Fraser. Comments on playing of Shakespeare, refers to ' Macbeth’ . Detailed description of PP's directing techniques.
Life story interview with Philip Prowse (1937-), theatre designer.