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

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    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 18: Comments on RH’s Jewishness, his notion of pleasure in belief. Description of earnest prayer during his wife, NH’s serious illness; remarks on his prayer-life. Description of NH’s medical condition and treatment; praise for professionalism of Professor Avril Mansfield, mentions support of Dr. Martin Scurr. Further details of NH’s operation and later complications; refers to Professor Nick Cheshire. Comments on the seriousness of an aneurism, mentions friend Max Rayne. Descriptions of support from family and friends during NH’s illness, including help from Polish girl, Marta. Refers to Catholic priest, Canon Brock at Catholic Church in Cheyne Walk and concern of Prince Charles. Describes intensive care unit at St. Mary Abbots’ Hospital. RH comments on his own health history; mentions being first patient to receive penicillin in hospital called the Monastery in South Africa; refers to serious cold caught during visiting term at Balliol College, Oxford. Further remarks on NH’s health and his sojourn at Oxford where he invited Michael Frayn, Tom Courteney and Diana Quick to give guest lectures; mentions friendships established with Professor Roger Lonsdale, Professor Jasper Griffin and Wilfred Beckham. Remarks on doing public question and answer session with Patrick Marber, chaired by William Nicholson, on question of screenwriting as literature; refers to venue, Charleston, home of Vanessa Bell. RH enthuses about his love of cricket; cricket anecdote involving Tom Stoppard, Harold Pinter, Simon Gray, David Hare and RH. Description of watercolour of previous family house in Liss called Berrygrove, gives history of house; mentions Mai Zetterling. Refers to former house near Carcassonne, France. Anecdote relating to purchase of house on Goodwood estate; refers to Naomi Marsh adopted daughter of Duke and Duchess of Richmond. Remarks on pending move to house in Slinden, near Arundel. Description of RH’s study.

  • Description

    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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