Harwood, Ronald (3 of 18)  An Oral History of Theatre Design

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  • Subjects

    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 3: RH remarks on RN's appearance; reference to David Hockney, Vanessa Redgrave [VR], Tom Courtney [TC], Leo McKern, Michael Horden, Edward Fox. Story about Alec Guiness and Alan Bennet play. Comments on RN's vision for RET; comments on West End London theatres including Duchess, Wyndham's, Albery, Donmar Warehouse and demands made on designer by RET space. Description of RET acting area; remarks on RN's time at OV and formation of travelling theatre. Recollection of 'The Prince of Homburg' by von Kleist with TC, 'A Family' by RH with Paul Scofield. Anecdote relating to premiere of 'The Dresser' (reference to Eric and Emma Thompson); comments on revival at Duke of York, London with TC, directed by Peter Hall [PH]. Effectiveness of sound effects at RET. Remarks on professionalisation of lighting and design; reference to The Motleys. Detailed recollection of RN's design for 'As You Like It' [ AYLI ], William Shakespeare at Royal Shakespeare Company [ RSC], Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, transferring to Aldwych Theatre, London. RH refers to living in Barnes, London and working for Lew Grade at Associated Television [ATV] who sub contracted Drama to H.M.Tenants Ltd. (Hugh/ Binkie Beaumont). Mentions TC success ('Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner' ); RH does 'A High Wind in Jamaica' for 20th Century Fox with Alexander McKendrick; brief reference to Royal Court Theatre [RCT], London, John Osbourne, Arnold Wesker. RH's novel 'The Guilt Merchants'. Brief reference to RN's design for play about van Negrin and RN's design for 'Ivanov' .

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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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