Prowse, Philip (19 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

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's home, Chelsea

  • Interviewees

    Prowse, Philip 1937- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    O'Ryan, Lydia (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 19: PP 's detailed description of his 1978 production of ' The Threepenny Opera' ; mentions difference doing same play with Opera North. Talks about RDM's effective 'translation'; anecdote about National Theatre's request for translation from RDM. Talks about Citizens' production and London transfer to Mermaid Theatre, London of Brecht's ' Mother Courage' with Glenda Jackson. Mentions Brecht productions, including ' The Caucasian Chalk Circle', ' Puntilla', 'Fear and Misery of the Third Reich'. PP's reasons for doing production of ' Mourning Becomes Electra'; Eugene O'Neill, influence of earlier production with Judy Campbell and John Fraser at the Arts Theatre, London. Mentions Georgina Hale, Gerard Murphy and John Duttine. Comments on Michael Billington's praise of GJ. and her selection as parliamentary candidate. Mentions agent Harriet Cruickshank. Refers to ' The Vortex', Rupert Everett [ R E ] and Maria Aitken and transfer arranged by Josephine Hart. Talks about adapting Oscar Wilde's ' A Picture of Dorian Gray'. Mentions RE getting equity card at Citizens. Anecdote about RE playing non speaking role with Kim Dambaek.

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

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