SAM MENDES (Original Director) founded and ran the Donmar Warehouse in London for 10 years. He has directed many productions at the Donmar, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, in the West End and on Broadway. He founded the transatlantic theatre company The Bridge Project for whom he directed five productions that toured the world. In London currently: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. In addition he has directed several movies including the Academy Award-winning American Beauty and the James Bond movies Skyfall and Spectre. He has won many awards for his work on stage and screen, including the Tony, the Olivier, the Directors Guild Award, the Shakespeare Prize, the BAFTA, the Golden Globe and the Academy Award. He was awarded the CBE in 2000 and the Directors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.