From his first designs for the English Opera Group, Sadler's Wells, Covent Garden and the Ballet Rambert in the 1950s, through regular commissions for the RSC and the National Theatre in the 60s and 70s, and on to the West End in the 80s and the world's stages in the 90s, Ralph Koltai is possibly the most wide-ranging and consistently prolific British stage designer. Still at work - he designed operas in Venice and Tel Aviv in 2003 - he wants to encourage younger designers who suffer from the dearth of publications in their field. Hence this book: a full-colour presentation of models and production shots of over 30 of the 200 shows which make up Koltai's total work. Among them are the "Brecht/Weill Mahagonny for Sadler's Wells (1963)", "As You Like It at the National (1967)", the opening production at the "Sydney Opera House (Tannhauser, 1973)", "The Ring Cycle for English National Opera (1974)", "Brand at the National with Michael Bryant (1978)", "Cyrano at the RSC with Derek Jacobi (1983)" and "Othello at the RSC with Ben Kingsley (1984)", "Metropolis in the West End (1989)" and "Carmen in the Albert Hall (1997)".
Interlaced with the sumptuous design spreads are essays and interviews with Koltai himself and with his collaborators and fellow designers.
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Author Biography - Ralph Koltai
Ralph Koltai: born Berlin 1924; came to England 1939; served in British Army after the war; Central School student 1948-51, then Head of Theatre Design 1965-72; Associate Designer with RSC 1963-5 and again from 1976 to the present. Lives in London. He is the recipient of many awards, including the CBE in 1983, and the subject of several retrospective exhibitions.