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Sam Mendes

About Sam Mendes

Sam Mendes founded and ran the Donmar Warehouse in London for ten years. He was a founding director of Neal Street Productions. His work has been seen at the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court, Old Vic, Young Vic, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the West End and on Broadway. Most recently he has directed The Motive and the Cue at the National Theatre and in the West End, The Lehmann Trilogy and The Ferryman in both London and New York and opened the Hills of California in the West End earlier this year.

Films include American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Jarhead, Revolutionary Road, Away We Go, Skyfall, Spectre, 1917 and Empire of Light. Film awards include the Academy Award® for Best Director and Best Picture, three other Academy Awards® nominations, five BAFTA Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, two Directors Guild of America Awards and the Producers Guild of America Award.

In theatre, he has won five Olivier Awards, the Olivier Special Award, six Tony Awards®, four Evening Standard Awards, and the Hamburg Shakespeare Prize. He has also won the Directors Guild Award for lifetime achievement. He is and honorary fellow of the National Film and Television School, and  Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge. He was made a CBE in 2000 and knighted in 2020 for services to drama.