Prowse, Philip (12 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)

  • Interviewers

    O'Ryan, Lydia (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 12: PP's approach to directing ( continued); mentions Paola Dionisotti, David Hayman, Describes auditions in London. Refers to 'The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore' with Constance Cummings, ' Importance of Being Earnest' with Ambrosine Phillpotts. Talks about the Close studio theatre run by Rob Walker; mentions his wife Ann Mitchell, Philip Sayer and Patricia Quinn (later married to Robert Stephens). PP stresses importance of new chairman of the board appointment, William Taylor. Anecdote about attitude of former board members to choice of plays; their dismissal of 'Sweet Bird of Youth' with Vivian Leigh as potential lead. (friend of Michael Meacham ). PP describes economic matters at the Citizens including changes during Margaret Thatcher's reign in the 1980s; remarks on end of funding from Strathclyde Region; opinion of Scottish devolution and its impact on social cultural climate. Comments on Robert David Macdonald; importance of Keith Hack's role at Citizens; his production of ' Galileo' , ' Danton's Death', 'Tamburlaine' (latter performed at Edinburgh Festival ). Mentions involvement of Maria Björnson and Sue Blane. Remarks on Giles Havergal's talent as an actor. PP describes production of 'Tamburlaine' with Rupert Fraser, Jeffrey Kissoon, Mike Gwilym. Mentions Harold Hobson's review and music by David Pountney. Reference to Lindsay Kemp's production at Close theatre of Jean Genet's ' The Maids'.

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

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