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.
EXCLUSIVE: Two shows are being lined up to replace Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella musical which closes after a disappointing ,short-lived run in London’s West End.News of Cinderella’s closure became a contentious affair, causing members of the actors union Equity to picket outside the Gillian Lynne Theatre.
Cast, crew ,musicians and those working backstage were angered with management because many heard about of the show’s demise via social media.However,no time has been wasted in finding new tenants for the Gillian Lynne.Producers stampeded the place in almost impolite haste.Tickets for the show that immediately follows Cinderella into the Gillian Lynne Theatre in London’s Covent Garden will be on sale by the end of next week.Deadline has learned that it will be the much trumpeted Elliott & Harper, Catherine Schreiber and Leeds Playhouse production of The Lion,The Witch and The Wardrobe, adapted from C.S.
Lewis’s classic fantasy novel.It will take up residence at the Gillian Lynne in the second half of July for a six month season.Then ,sources have told Deadline ,that The Lehman Trilogy, a National Theatre and Neal Street Productions production ,directed by Sam Mendes (Skylight), is negotiating a move to the Gillian Lynne for an extended run in 2023.Art work for tickets for The Lion ,The Witch and The Wardrobe were being designed today in readiness for when bookings are launched on Thursday or Friday of next week.The family show about four siblings -Edmund,Peter,Susan’s and Lucy- evacuated during WW2 to a country house where,through a wardrobe door, they discover Narnia ,the land of external winter under the rule of the villainess White Witch, ended a UK tour in Bristol several days ago.Marianne Elliott and ChrisRead more on deadline.com