Prowse, Philip (17 of 27)  An Oral History of Theatre Design

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  • Recording date

    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 17: PP production of ‘Tamerlano’ ( continued). Remarks on casts for two different productions of ‘Tamerlano’; description of set. PP mentions ' Chinchilla' going to Caracas, Venezuela. Recalls working on ‘Orfeo ed Euridice’ [English translation: ‘Orpheus and Eurydice’], mentions Patricia Rozario. Talks about ' Aida' for Opera North with Wilhelmina Fernandez; refers to her role in ' Diva'. Describes set for ' Aida' and context of Suez in concept; explains importance of assistant to director in handling chorus, mentions Sally Day. Recalls unhappy experience at ENO on production of Bizet's 'The Pearl Fishers' [ TPF ] with Charles Mackerras; mentions positive personality of Sergei Leiferkus. Talks about revival of TPF ; mentions Denis Marks and production manager Lawrence Holderness; declines offer to take TPF to Kazakstan. Comments on PP's directing methods, including addressing the chorus. Recalls problem with set for 'La Gioconda' for Opera North and support from Nicholas Payne in dealing with Arts Council visit. Mentions again directing various ballets.

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

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