Sam Mendes

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Sam Mendes

English stage and film director add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1897.

Countries: United States (42%), United Kingdom (41%), (7%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Neal Street Productions, Revolutionary Road (film), Kate Winslet

Linked to: Company, Magdalen College School, Oxford, Royal Shakespeare Company, University of Cambridge




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Sam Mendes was born in 1897 add something


The production was approached with a fresh concept, differing greatly from both the original 1966 production directed by Harold Prince and the famed film version, directed by Bob Fosse add something


Mendes is starting pre-production on a film adaptation of the acclaimed 1971 Tony-winning Broadway musical "Follies" and has announced his intentions to film an adaptation of the novel "Middlemarch" in the near future add something


Chichester Festival Theatre - He has worked at the Chichester Festival Theatre in 1988 as assistant director on a number of productions, including "Major Barbara", and directing in "The Tent", the second venue add something


In 1990 Mendes was appointed artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse, a studio space in London's Covent Garden which he helped transform into one of the city's more notable theatre venues add something


In 1993, Mendes staged an acclaimed revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb's "Cabaret" starring Jane Horrocks as Sally Bowles, Alan Cumming as Emcee, Adam Godley as Cliff Bradshaw and Sara Kestelman as Frau Schneider add something


Alan Cumming - He played the role of The Master of Ceremonies in Sam Mendes's 1993 revival of the musical "Cabaret" in London's West End opposite Jane Horrocks as Sally Bowles


Sheila Gish - In 1996, Gish played the role of Joanne in Stephen Sondheim's "Company" at the Donmar Warehouse directed by Sam Mendes


Sophie Thompson - In 1996, Thompson played the role of Amy in Sam Mendes' acclaimed Donmar Warehouse revival of "Company", receiving an Olivier *award nomination for her performance


John Barrowman - After appearing in Sam Mendes' production of "The Fix", he was nominated for the 1998 Laurence Olivier *award for Best Actor in a Musical and, in the early 2000s, returned to the role of Billy Crocker in the revival of "Anything Goes"


Jennifer Jason Leigh - In 1998, Leigh took on the lead role of Sally Bowles in Sam Mendes' Broadway revival of musical "Cabaret" on Broadway, succeeding Natasha Richardson who originated the role in Mendes' production


Natasha Richardson - In 1998, she played the role of Sally Bowles in Sam Mendes' revival of "Cabaret" on Broadway, for which she won the Tony *award for Best Actress in a Musical


In 1999, Mendes made his movie directorial debut with "American Beauty", starring Kevin Spacey add something


Thomas Newman - In 1999, Newman composed the score to Sam Mendes' first feature film "American Beauty", created using mainly percussion instruments


American Beauty (film) - "'American Beauty"' is a 1999 American drama film directed by Sam Mendes and written by Alan Ball


In 2000, Mendes was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for "services to drama" and in the same year was awarded the Shakespeare Prize by the Alfred Toepfer Foundation in Hamburg, Germany add something


Mendes and Winslet met in 2001 when Mendes approached Winslet about appearing in a play at the Donmar Warehouse Theatre, where he was artistic director add something


Emily Watson - In 2002, she took time off from cinema to play two roles in Sam Mendes' repertory productions of "Uncle Vanya" and "Twelfth Night", first at Mendes' Donmar Warehouse in London and later at the Brooklyn Academy of Music


Road to Perdition - "'Road to Perdition"' is a 2002 American crime thriller film directed by Sam Mendes


In 2003, Mendes directed a revival of the musical "Gypsy" add something


In 2003, Mendes established Neal Street Productions, a film, television and theatre production company he would use to finance much of his later work add something


Mendes married British actress Kate Winslet in May 2003 on what they characterised as a whim while on holiday in Anguilla add something


Their son was born on 22 December 2003 add something


Kristin Chenoweth - In 2003 in London, she performed a solo concert as part of the "Divas at Donmar" series for director Sam Mendes


Neal Street Productions - Since its inception in 2003 it has been run by Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris and Caro Newling


Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007 film) - Meanwhile, director Sam Mendes had been working on a film version of the story for several years, and in June 2003 Sondheim was approached to write the script


In 2005 he received a lifetime achievement award from the Directors Guild of Great Britain add something


In 2005, Mendes directed the war film "Jarhead" in association with his production company Neal Street Productions add something


Dennis Haysbert - In 2005, he had a supporting role in Sam Mendes's film, "Jarhead"


Anthony Swofford - This memoir was the basis of the 2005 movie of the same name, directed by Sam Mendes


Jarhead (film) - "'Jarhead"' is a 2005 biographical drama war film based on U.S. Marine Anthony Swofford's 2003 memoir of the same name, directed by Sam Mendes, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Swofford with Jamie Foxx, Peter Sarsgaard and Chris Cooper


Bill Nighy - Also in 2006, Nighy made his Broadway debut at the Music Box Theatre alongside Julianne Moore in "The Vertical Hour", directed by Sam Mendes


Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007 film) - However, it was not until 2006 that he had the opportunity to realize this ambition, when DreamWorks announced his appointment as replacement for director Sam Mendes, who had been working on such an adaptation


Julianne Moore - In November 2006, Moore made her Broadway debut in the world premiere of David Hare's new play The Vertical Hour, directed by Sam Mendes.


Kate Winslet - In 2007, Winslet reunited with Leonardo DiCaprio to film Revolutionary Road, directed by her husband at the time, Sam Mendes.


Juliette Binoche - In 2007, he appeared in a stage production of Cabaret directed by Sam Mendes.


In 2008, Mendes directed "Revolutionary Road", starring his then-wife, Kate Winslet, along with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kathy Bates add something


Kate Winslet - Caprio to film Revolutionary Road, directed by her husband at the time, Sam Mendes.


Richard Yates (novelist) - Film director Sam Mendes directed "Revolutionary Road", a 2008 Anglo-American drama film, based on the 1961 novel of the same name by Richard Yates


Thomas Newman - In 2008, Newman scored "Towelhead" and Sam Mendes' "Revolutionary Road" and in 2009 he scored "Brothers"


John Krasinski - From April to June 2008 he filmed "Away We Go", directed by Sam Mendes and co-starring Maya Rudolph


Mendes' comedy-drama "Away We Go" opened the 2009 Edinburgh International Film Festival add something


Simon Russell Beale - In the spring of 2009 Beale and Sam Mendes collaborated on "The Winter's Tale" and "The Cherry Orchard", in which Russell Beale played Leontes and Lopakhin respectively, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, later transferring to the Old Vic Theatre


Vendela Vida - Vida collaborated on the screenplay for the 2009 film "Away We Go", directed by Sam Mendes and co-starring John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph


In 2010, he co-produced a critically acclaimed documentary film "Out of the Ashes" that deals with cricket in Afghanistan add something


On 5 January 2010, news broke that Mendes was employed to direct the 23rd Eon Productions installment of the "James Bond" franchise add something


The couple's representative announced on 15 March 2010 that "that they separated earlier this year add something


Winslet said in 2011 that "the first stage of my divorce with Sam came through" on the same day she was filming a divorce scene for her HBO miniseries "Mildred Pierce" add something


In November 2011, a spokesman for Mendes confirmed that he and actress Rebecca Hall had been dating "for some time" add something


Gemma Jones - Also in 2011 she appeared in the Bridge Project's version of "Richard III" as Queen Margaret, alongside Kevin Spacey as Richard III and directed by Sam Mendes, at the Old Vic and subsequently on an international tour


Kevin Spacey - In June 2011, Sam Mendes directed Spacey in a Shakespeare's Richard III. The production will mount a worldwide tour for the rest of 2011 culminating in New York in early 2012.


Rebecca Hall - In November 2011, it was confirmed that Hall has been in a relationship with director Sam Mendes "for some time"


In 2012 Neal Street Productions produced the first series of the BBC One drama series, "Call the Midwife", following it with a second season which began transmission in early 2013 add something


The film, "Skyfall", was subsequently released on 26 October 2012, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Bond films add something


Ralph Fiennes - In 2012, he starred in the twenty-third James Bond film, "Skyfall", directed by Sam Mendes


However, Mendes said in an interview with Empire Magazine in March 2013 that "It has been a very difficult decision not to accept Michael and Barbara's very generous offer to direct the next Bond movie add something


However, on 29 May 2013, it was reported that Mendes was back in negotiations with producers Wilson and Broccoli to direct the next Bond film, going back on comments that he had previously made on 5 March 2013 announcing that he would not be directing the 24th Bond film in order to focus efforts on his career in theatre add something


On 11 July 2013 it was announced that Mendes will direct the 24th James Bond film, due for release in 2015 add something


Michael Bollner - Tony *award-winner Douglas Hodge portrays the character in a new musical adaptation, directed by Sam Mendes and with music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London, which opened in June 2013


Mendes directed the 2014 Olivier award-nominated stage adaptation of Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", add something


Simon Russell Beale - King Lear - In January 2014 he will play the title role in "King Lear" at the National Theatre, directed once again by Sam Mendes


Spectre (2015 film) - Director Sam Mendes revealed that production would begin on 5 December 2014 at Pinewood Studios, with filming taking seven months


Spectre (2015 film) - Director Sam Mendes revealed that production would begin on 8 December 2014 at Pinewood Studios, with filming taking seven months


Named "Spectre", it was released in October 2015 add something


In April 2016 he was named as the President of the Jury for the 73rd Venice International Film Festival add something


Mendes married Alison Balsom on 26th January 2017 add something


Mendes married Alison Balsom on 26 January 2017 add something


Their daughter was born in September 2017 add something


Alison Balsom - In 2017 she married film director Sam Mendes


Neal Street Productions - More recently in 2017/8, Neal Street has produced "The Ferryman" written by Jez Butterworth, directed by Sam Mendes