Prowse, Philip (21 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 21: PP talks about ' The Spanish Bawd' translated by Mabbe from ' Celestina' and his design for Citizens' production. PP laments dominance of Shakespeare, Mozart. Observations on themes in John Ford's ' Tis Pity She's a Whore', ' The Duchess of Malfi' [ D o M ] and ' The White Devil' [ WD ] Remarks on Thomas Middleton's ' Women Beware Women', and ' The Changeling'. Comments on Katherina's final speech in ' The Taming of the Shrew' and anti semitism in ' The Merchant of Venice'. Further comments on Jacobean plays. Remarks on Peter Brook's production of Peter Weiss' s ‘Marat / Sade'. PP recalls own productions of D o M and WD at the National Theatre, mentions T P McKenna, Denis Quilley, Clare Benedict. PP's approach to directing both plays and comments on actors and the text; anecdote about working with Tristram Wymark. Remarks on working at the National Theatre. Recalls working on D o M with Ian McKellan, Sheila Hancock, Eleanor Bron, Hugh Lloyd, Roy Kinnear, Edward Petherbridge, Julie Le Grand. Anecdote about giving up smoking.

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

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