Prowse, Philip (14 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 14: PP comments on inaccuracies in Internet article about Citizens' Theatre personnel, confirming that he never collaborated with Jeremy Raison. Remarks on process of becoming a director and importance of ' Camino Real'; mentions participating in World Theatre Season in Warsaw and BITEF in Belgrade with production of 'The Duchess of Malfi'. Remarks on plays participating in international festivals, including 'Waste of Time' by Robert David Macdonald [RDM], translation of Don Juan by RDM (at Roundhouse, London), ' Massacre at Paris (Cologne). Mentions ' Summit Conference' with Glenda Jackson. Details of circumstances relating to production of Noel Coward's ' Semi-Monde', description of set design and music ( Ravel moving into Cole Porter ). Extended remarks on possible reasons for negative critical response to later production by PP for Thelma Holt; mentions Max Reinhardt interest in directing the piece. Remarks on Peter Brook production of 'A View from the Bridge', Arthur Miller and censorship by Lord Chamberlain; also ' Early Morning' , Edward Bond at Royal Court, Sloane Square. Background to PP's production of ' Camino Real' ; remarks on earlier production by Peter Hall [PH] with Diana Wynyard, Harry Andrews, Freda Jackson, designed by Audrey Cruddas.

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

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