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Sam Mendes

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Sam Mendes founded and ran the Donmar Warehouse in London for ten years. He was the founding director of The Bridge Project and Neal Street Productions.

His work has been seen at the National Theatre, RSC, Royal Court, Old Vic, Young Vic, BAM, the West End and on Broadway. Films include American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Jarhead, Revolutionary Road, Away We Go, Skyfall, Spectre, and 1917.

Awards include Academy Award Best Director, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award Best Director, 2 Tony Awards, 5 Olivier Awards, the Olivier Special Award, 3 Evening Standard Awards, Empire Inspiration Award, Directors Guild of America Award and the Shakespeare Prize.
He has also won the Director's Guild Award for lifetime achievement. In addition to The Ferryman, his production of The Lehman Trilogy is currently running at the National Theatre in London.

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[West End, 2023]
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[Broadway, 2021]
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[Off-Broadway, 2019]
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[Broadway, 2018]
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[West End, 2018]
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[West End, 2017]
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[US Tour, 2016]
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[Broadway, 2014]
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[New York, 1999]
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[Broadway, 1998]
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[West End, 1997]
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[West End, 1995]
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Sam Mendes Movies

Little Voice
[ 1998 ] director
Road to Perdition
[ 2002 ] producer
Things We Lost in the Fire
[ 2007 ] producer
Revolutionary Road
[ 2008 ] producer
Shrek the Musical
[ 2013 ] producer
1917
[ 2019 ] writer
Empire of Light
[ 2022 ] producer

Sam Mendes Awards and Nominations

Drama League Awards - 2022 - Outstanding Direction of a Play

Sam Mendes, The Lehman Trilogy

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2022 - Outstanding Director of a Play

Sam Mendes, The Lehman Trilogy


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Tony Awards - 2022 - Best Direction of a Play

Sam Mendes, The Lehman Trilogy


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Drama Desk Awards - 2019 - Outstanding Director of a Play

Sam Mendes, The Ferryman


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Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2019 - Outstanding Director of a Play

Sam Mendes, The Ferryman


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Tony Awards - 2019 - Best Direction of a Play

Sam Mendes, The Ferryman


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Olivier Awards - 2018 - Best Director

Sam Mendes , The Ferryman

Drama Desk Awards - 2012 - Outstanding Director of a Play

Sam MendesRichard III

Olivier Awards - 2010 - Best Musical Revival

Sam MendesLionel Bart’s Oliver!


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Drama Desk Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Director - Play

Sam Mendes, Uncle Vanya


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Olivier Awards - 2003 - Best Director

Sam MendesTwelfth Night


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Olivier Awards - 2003 - Best Director

Sam MendesUncle Vanya


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Olivier Awards - 2003 - The Society's Special Award

Sam Mendes

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Director of a Musical

Sam Mendes, Gypsy


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Drama Desk Awards - 2002 - Outstanding Director - Play

Sam Mendes, Twelfth Night


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Evening Standard Awards - 2002 - Best Director

Sam MendesUncle Vanya


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Evening Standard Awards - 2002 - Best Director

Sam MendesTwelfth Night

Olivier Awards - 1999 - Best Director

Sam MendesThe Blue Room


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Drama Desk Awards - 1998 - Outstanding Director - Musical

Sam Mendes, Cabaret

Drama Desk Awards - 1998 - Outstanding Director - Musical

Sam Mendes, Cabaret

Olivier Awards - 1998 - Best Director

Sam MendesOthello

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1998 - Best Director - Musical

Sam Mendes, Cabaret

Tony Awards - 1998 - Best Direction of a Musical

Sam Mendes, Cabaret


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Olivier Awards - 1996 - Best Director

Sam MendesCompany

Olivier Awards - 1995 - Best Director of a Musical

Sam Mendes, Oliver!

Olivier Awards - 1994 - Best Director of a Musical

Sam Mendes, Cabaret

Olivier Awards - 1993 - Best Director of a Musical

Sam Mendes, Assassins

Olivier Awards - 1993 - Best Director of a Play

Sam MendesThe Rise And Fall Of Little Voice

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Sam Mendes News


Cameron Mackintosh's New Production of OLIVER! Comes to the West End in December


Cameron Mackintosh has announced that his new co-production with Chichester Festival Theatre of Lionel Bart's iconic musical, Oliver!, which he has fully reconceived with director and choreographer Matthew Bourne, will open in London at the end of the year.

In a Deconstructed and Immersive Production CABARET KIT KAT CLUB Opens in Brazil


In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920's draw to a close, a garish MC welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret. With the Emcee's bawdy songs as wry commentary, Cabaret explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin's natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich.

REEVE CARNEY SINGS THE BEATLES is Coming to The Green Room 42


THE GREEN ROOM 42 will present a special two-part evening with Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and actor Reeve Carney, paying tribute to one of his greatest musical influences in “Reeve Carney Sings The Beatles'. Learn how to purchase tickets.

Olivier Awards 2024: The Full List of Winners


The biggest stars of London theatre gathered today at the Royal Albert Hall for the Olivier Awards 2024, hosted by Hannah Waddingham. Find out about Sunset Boulevard and the night's other big winners!

BroadwayWorld's Olivier Awards 2024 Predictions


The 2024 Olivier Awards are fast approaching on April 14. Ahead of one of the most exciting nights in theatreland, our critics – Aliya Al-Hassan, Mica Blackwell, Alexander Cohen, Katie Kirkpatrick, Kat Mokrynski, Gary Naylor, Kerrie Nicholson, Matthew Paluch and Christiana Rose share their thoughts about who and what will triumph on the night, as well as who should twin each category.

Listen: Bernadette Peters Would Rather Play Sweeney Todd Than Mrs. Lovett


Listen to Bernadette Peters as she shares which Sondheim role she would like to play and more in a new interview in which she talks about Sweeney Todd, her past work and more!

Ensemble Theatre Company Presents THE LEHMAN TRILOGY, Beginning This Week


Join Ensemble Theatre Company for the opening night of THE LEHMAN TRILOGY, adapted by Ben Power and directed by Oahn Nguyen, on April 6 at New Vic Theatre, Santa Barbara.

Review: ZAZIE DANS LE METRO at Maison De La Culture d'Amiens


Zazie dans le Métro is a witty, vulgar, funny, and ultimately inventive musical adaption of the surrealist novel by Raymond Queneau and film by Louis Malle.

Meet the Cast of MARY JANE, Beginning Previews Tonight on Broadway


The Broadway premiere of Mary Jane, written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Amy Herzog, starring Academy Award nominee & Critics Choice Award Winner Rachel McAdams, begins previews on Broadway tonight, Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Meet the cast of Mary Jane here!

Meet the Cast of CABARET AT THE KIT KAT CLUB, Beginning Previews Tonight on Broadway


The Kit Kat Club is now open! Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club, starring Academy Award and Tony Award winner Eddie Redmayne and introducing Gayle Rankin, begins previews tonight, April 1, at the August Wilson Theatre. Meet the cast of Cabaret here!

Meet the Cast of PATRIOTS, Beginning Previews Tonight on Broadway


The Almeida Theatre production of Patriots officially begins previews on Broadway tonight, April 1. Meet the cast of Patriots here!

How Often Are Musicals Revived with Their Original Director?


This time, the reader question was: How often is a musical revived on Broadway directed by its original director?

UK Tour of Dolly Parton Musical HERE YOU COME AGAIN Extends; Steven Webb to Join the Cast


Following the UK premiere of Here You Come Again in Leeds - where it runs from Saturday 11 May to Saturday 8 June - additional dates have been confirmed for the previously announced tour.

Steven Webb Joins The Cast Of HERE YOU COME AGAIN At The King's Theatre, Glasgow


 Here You Come Again will arrive in Glasgow as part of a major UK tour ahead of performances in the West End. The Scottish premiere of this new Dolly Parton musical brings all her biggest hits together for the first time ever in this show, fully authorised by Dolly herself.

SUNSET BOULEVARD, PLAZA SUITE, and More Nominated For Olivier Awards; Full List!


The nominations are in for this year's Olivier Awards! Among those nominated are Sunset Boulevard, Plaza Suite, The National Theatre, and many more. Check out the full list of nominations here!

Center Stage Records to Re-Release Four Albums by Jessica Molaskey


Center Stage Records will re-release four classic Jessica Molaskey albums – Pentimento, A Good Day, Make Believe, and Sitting in Limbo. Learn more about these albums and see how to listen!

REVIEW: Guest Reviewer Kym Vaitiekus Shares His Thoughts On THE LEHMAN TRILOGY


The National Theatre and Neal Street Productions bring THE LEHMAN TRILOGY to The Theatre Royal, following successful runs in London and New York. Written by Stefano Massini, adapted by Ben Power, and directed by multi-award-winning director Sam Mendes with five Tony Award wins, including Best Play, 2022.

Chancellor Announces New Permanent Theatre Tax Relief Rate of 40% and 45% For Touring Productions


The Chancellor has announced a new permanent rate for Theatre Tax Relief of 40% and 45% for productions that tour. Read responses from the theatre sector here.

Cherry Street Music Presents BEETHOVEN & THE BEATLES PT. 2 April 14 At The Allen Center


Join Cherry Street Music for a unique musical experience as they present BEETHOVEN & THE BEATLES PT. 2 on April 14 at the Allen Center in Newton, MA.

Full Broadway Cast Set For PATRIOTS, Starring Michael Stuhlbarg, Will Keen, and More


The full Broadway cast has been announced for the Almeida Theatre production of Patriots, the new play by Peter Morgan. Learn more about the show and find out who is starring here!

Sam Mendes FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What awards has Sam Mendes been nominated for?

Sam Mendes has been nominated for numerous awards throughout his career, including Outstanding Direction of a Play at the Drama League Awards for "The Lehman Trilogy," Outstanding Director of a Play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "The Lehman Trilogy," and Best Direction of a Play at the Tony Awards for "The Lehman Trilogy." He has also received nominations for his work on productions such as "The Ferryman," "Richard III," "Oliver!," "Uncle Vanya," "Twelfth Night," "Gypsy," "The Blue Room," "Cabaret," "Othello," "Company," "Assassins," and "The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice." Mendes has been recognized with awards from prestigious institutions like the Drama Desk Awards, Olivier Awards, Evening Standard Awards, and Tony Awards for his outstanding directing in both plays and musicals.

What awards has Sam Mendes won?

Sam Mendes has won numerous awards for his work in theater, including Best Direction of a Play at the Tony Awards for "The Lehman Trilogy" and "The Ferryman," Outstanding Director of a Play at the Drama Desk Awards for "The Ferryman" and "Uncle Vanya," and Best Director at the Olivier Awards for productions like "The Ferryman," "Twelfth Night," and "Company." He has also received accolades from the Outer Critics Circle Awards, Evening Standard Awards, and more for his exceptional directing skills across a variety of plays and musicals.

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