Prowse, Philip (23 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 23: PP recalls name of RSC director, Adrian Noble; refers to his production of ' The Recruiting Officer'. Further comments on British audience lack of regard for the visual in theatre; influence of pantomime on PP; importance of the actor in the theatre; remarks on production of William Congreve's ' Way of the World'. Mentions lack of success with Noel Coward's ' Blithe Spirit'; remarks on Tennessee Willliams incuding PP's production of ' Suddenly Last Summer' ; refers to ' In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel'. Anecdote about Derek Jarman party and meeting Tennessee Williams. Talks about ' Giovanna D' Arco by Verdi for Covent Garden and Opera North; mentions Dennis O' Neill, June Anderson, Daniele Gatti. Refers to Schiller's ' Die Jungfrau von Orleans'. Recalls production of Ponchielli's ' La Gioconda'; refers to interview with Jim Naughtie; comments on revival and changes. PP's observations on maintaining fluidity of production.

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

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