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Sam Mendes to judge Young Theatre Design Award

Jonathan Slinger in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Photo: Matt Crockett Jonathan Slinger in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Photo: Matt Crockett
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Sam Mendes is to judge a competition aimed at discovering new theatre design talent.

The Young Theatre Design Award is being run by West End production Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Mendes will be joined on the judging panel by Caro Newling, producer of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Neal Street Productions, and set and costume designer Mark Thompson. Jess Moore, director of Corporate Responsibility at Warner Bros, completes the line-up.

Open to young people aged 16 to 18, the award is split into two sections – set design and costume design. Applicants are asked to submit an original set or costume design for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the winner will meet the creative team and get to watch the musical from backstage.

The award runs alongside another prize for young inventors. Together they are being referred to as the Imagination Awards.

Mendes said: “Creating something out of nothing is miraculous – that’s what Roald Dahl did, it’s what Charlie Bucket and Willy Wonka do, and it’s what we are celebrating with this prize.”

More information can be found here.

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