Harwood, Ronald (11 of 18)  An Oral History of Theatre Design

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  • Recording date

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

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    Interviewee's home, Chelsea

  • Interviewees

    Harwood, Ronald 1934- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    O'Ryan, Lydia (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 11: Refers to NH’s sister Marina and husband, David Shorrock. Description of RH’s first meeting with NH at Civic Theatre, Chesterfield including anecdote about people’s response to her beauty; remarks on effect on women of ageing process; comments on RH’s courting of NH; anecdote involving Diana Rigg. Remarks on NH’s nature and demeanour, her success as mother to three children and early career with Western Ballet and later with Old Vic. Comments on Marriage at Guildford Registry Office, blessing in Chapel of Elmhurst school and Paris honeymoon; also return to work with 59 Theatre Company. Comments on NH’s family’s initial antipathy to RH because of his Jewishness. Description of flat in Mathieson Rd. Olympia and later purchase of flat in Barnes with help from NH’s father. Details of how mortgage secured by John Hughes through recommendation of Barclays Bank manager, Sam Aldridge. RH acknowledges gift for friendship, refers HP, TC and Julian Holloway [JH]; also acknowledges lack of vanity, illustrated with anecdote involving Elizabeth Longford (mother-in-law of Antonia Fraser). Remarks on acting profession and directing process. Comments on RH’s own process of writing; quotes advice from Graham Greene [GG]. Detailed description of creative writing process, including notion of mystery and faith in one’s ideas; anecdote about incident in early writing career. Further comments on writing process; refers to Balzac and RH’s own creative energy. Remarks on missing playing tennis at Vanderbilt Racquet Club, Shepherd’s Bush.

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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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