SAM MENDES' film and theatre career spans 25 years. At just 24
years old he became the first Artistic Director of the Minerva Theatre in
Chichester. At 27 he founded the Donmar Warehouse in London, which he ran for
ten years, and where he directed many productions including "Assassins",
"Cabaret, Translations", "Glengarry Glen Ross", "Company", "The Glass
Menagerie", "Habeas Corpus", "The Blue Room", "To The Green Fields Beyond",
"Uncle Vanya" and "Twelfth Night". It has become one of the world's leading
He has many other theatre credits. For the Royal Shakespeare Company: "Troilus
and Cressida", "Richard III", "The Tempest" and "The Alchemist". For the
National Theatre: "The Sea", "The Birthday Party", "The Rise and Fall of Little
Voice", "Othello" and "King Lear". In the West End: "The Cherry Orchard",
"London Assurance", "Kean", "Oliver!" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory",
which is currently running in London at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. On
Broadway: "Cabaret", "The Blue Room", "Gypsy" and "The Vertical Hour".
In 2009 he founded the Bridge Project, a transatlantic classical theatre
company, for which he directed "The Winter's Tale", "The Cherry Orchard", "The
Tempest", "As You Like It", and "Richard III". His many theatre awards include:
four Olivier Awards, two Tony Awards, four Evening Standard Awards, several
Critics' Choice Awards, and the Hamburg Shakespeare Prize.
In 1998 he directed his first film, American Beauty, winning the Academy Award
for Best Director and Best Picture, as well as the Golden Globe and Directors'
Guild Awards. He has since directed the Academy Award-winning Road to
Perdition, Jarhead, Revolutionary Road, Away We Go, and the BAFTA and Academy
Award-winning Skyfall, the most successful film of all time in the UK and one
of the most successful of all time worldwide.
In 2003 he founded Neal Street Productions with Pippa Harris and Caro Newling.
Neal Street has produced the BAFTA award-winning television series "Call the
Midwife" and "The Hollow Crown"; several movies including Things We Lost in the
Fire, Stuart: A Life Backwards and Starter for 10; and in the theatre the
long-running "Shrek The Musical".
He was awarded a CBE in 2000 and a Directors' Guild Lifetime Achievement Award
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