Sir Samuel Alexander Mendes CBE (born 1 August 1965) is an English film and stage director, producer and screenwriter. In theatre, he is known for his dark re-inventions of the stage musicals Cabaret (1994), Oliver! (1994), Company (1995), and Gypsy (2003). He directed an original West End stage musical for the first time with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2013).
For directing the play The Ferryman, Mendes was awarded the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play in 2019.
The celebrated film and stage director Sam Mendes tonight tests the post-Covid viability of a new Broadway with The Lehman Trilogy, the story of the financial family dynasty that crashed along with the global economy in 2008.
The show nearly opened the pandemic turned the lights out at all Broadway houses, rendering New York City a ghost town. I spoke to Mendes briefly before his big night — you can call it a relaunch since it was in previews, but the big openers so far have been limited to commercial juggernauts with a past bus and truck tourist track record.
Mendes was eager to discuss the victory of just getting through the pandemic, and the role that the entity he helped start, the Theatre Artists Fund, played in keeping alive the.Read more on deadline.com