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Jeremy Sams is a theatre director, lyricist and translator of plays and opera libretti; and is also a composer, orchestrator, and musical director.
Hyde Park on Hudson is the fourth feature that he has scored for director Roger Michell. It follows Persuasion, for which he won a BAFTA Award; the highly acclaimed The Mother; and Enduring Love, for whichMr. Sams won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Score for a Feature Film.
He studied music, French, and German at Magdalene College in Cambridge as well as piano at the Guildhall School of Music. Early on, he worked as a freelance pianist and coach, giving frequent recitals and tours and doing stints as a répétiteur (e.g., a musician doubling as a vocal coach) at opera houses in Brussels and Ankara.
Mr. Sams’ stage directorial credits include reviving Michael Frayn’s classic farce Noises Off, in theWest End and on Broadway, where Katie Finneran won a Tony Award for her performance; Spend, Spend, Spend, at the Piccadilly Theatre, for which he was an Olivier Award nominee; The Wizard of Oz, currently running at theLondon Palladium, which won Best Musical Revival at the What’s on Stage Awards; Educating Rita,at the Menier Chocolate Factory and Trafalgar Studios; The Sound of Music, at thePrincess of Wales Theatre in Toronto, which won the Dora Mavor Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical; Donkey’s Years, in the U.K. at theComedy Theatre and then on a national tour; and the U.K. tour of Little Britain, adapted from the popular television series. He created the hit stage adaptation of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
His many translations include Figaro’s Wedding, The Magic Flute, La Bohème, and The Ring Cycle, atENO; The Merry Widow, atCovent Garden; Les Parents Terribles, The Miser, Mary Stuart, for theRoyal National Theatre; and, on Broadway, Amour. For his translation and composition work on the latter, directed by James Lapine, Mr. Sams received two Tony Award and two Drama Desk Award nominations.
In addition to his feature work, he has composed music for radio programs and television dramas, the latter including Gregory Mosher and David Mamet’s adaptation of Uncle Vanya, starring David Warner, Ian Holm, and Ian Bannen.