Harwood, Ronald (1 of 18)  An Oral History of Theatre Design

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    Richard Negri

  • Recording date

    2005-10-27, 2007-05-16, 2007-05-17, 2007-05-18, 2007-06-12

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's home, Chelsea

  • Interviewees

    Harwood, Ronald 1934- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    O'Ryan, Lydia (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 1: Ronald Harwood [RH] recalls background to meeting Richard Negri [RN] ; brief description of RN's design for Henrik Ibsen's 'Brand' Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, London; his collaboration with Michael Elliot [ME], Caspar Wrede [CW] and Richard Plibrow [RP]. Refers to Patrick McGoohan playing Brand, his television work in 'Dangerman' and 'The Prisoner'; further observations on RN's design and collaboration with [RP]; remarks on RH's wife's role as stage manager. Description of RN including difficulty with verbal expression of ideas. RH's possession of RN's design for 'Ivanov' by Anton Chekhov. Remarks on ME as director; brief reference to 'The Dresser'. Comments on complexity of technical rehearsals for 'Brand'; mentions B¿chner's 'Danton's Death' [DD] designed by Malcolm Pride. RH recalls RN's design talent in play at Winter Garden with Anton Walbrook. Remarks on contrasting styles of Wolfittian theatre (Donald Wolfit) and emerging Royal Court Theatre, London; also role of '59 Theatre Company' in promoting foreign classics; mentions 'The Cheats of Scapin', Moliere. New play - 'The Rough and Ready Lot', Alan Owen. RH recalls lighting effects in 'Streetcar Named Desire', 'The Glass Menagerie', Tennessee Williams, seen in Cape Town, South Africa. Refers to Joe Melziner. Further remarks on RN's individuality, talent and private life. Mentions proposal for production of 'Everyman' and RN's tenure at Wimbledon College of Art. Refers to George Hall [GH]. Further remarks on RN's working methods. Effect of 'Brand' on RH's writing; comments on ME and RN.

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    Interview with Ronald Harwood (1934-), theatre designer. Parts 1-4 comprise an interview about the life and work of Richard Negri, as recalled by Ronald Harwood. Parts 5-18 comprise Ronald Harwood's life story.

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