Maquette for Richard III
Maker and role
Artist: Ralph Koltai, British, born Germany, 1924-2018
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Lead, painted metal, and wood
10 1/4 x 19 1/4 x 19in (26 x 48.9 x 48.3cm)
Gift of The Tobin Endowment
Play by William Shakespeare. Produced by the National Theatre, London, 1979.
Koltai made the maquette with sheets of grey, cold, hard metal to suggest the brutality of Shakespeare's murderous king. Onstage, the walls tilted and slid back and forth, menacingly. The wall with the "u" cut in the top even served as a block for beheading rivals to the throne. The stage ran red with rivulets of blood.
© Ralph Koltai
Theatre Design & Technology; Winter 2014; p. 33-34
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