Prowse, Philip (20 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 20: PP's memories of his production of ' A Picture of Dorian Gray', mentions Ian Cusick and character of Basil Hallward ; observations on PP's use of role reversal in some plays; recalls GH's production of ' Hamlet' utilising PP's idea of all male cast. Remarks on ' Hamlet' as difficult play and media response to first production at Citizens theatre; anecdote about new chairman and his son. Comments on further productions of ' Hamlet' including reference to David Hayman, Alan Butler, Cal MacAninch, Sophie Ward, Bob Gwilym, Ann Mitchell. Refers to Alfred Molina. Comments on role of Gertrude in Hamlet and relationship of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. PP recalls his production of G B Shaw's ' Pygmalion' remarks on RE's refusal to play Professor Higgins and Simon Dutton taking role. Observations on difficulty of role of Eliza Dolittle; remarks on roles of Mrs. Higgins and Mrs. Eynsford Hill. Remarks on final scene in ' Pygmalion'.

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

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