Paddy Cunneen


Paddy Cunneen is a theatre director, playwright and composer. He is an associate director of Cheek by Jowl Theatre.

As a composer he worked on some 200 productions for many theatre companies in the UK, Ireland and on Broadway.

He is a recipient of the Christopher Whelen Award for Music in Theatre, two Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland, and a Music Industry Award for Best Cast Album for the Donmar Warehouse production of Company.

He composes for radio, TV and film – his score for the Channel 4 film Boy A was BAFTA nominated.

As a writer he has had two plays broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and has written five stage plays which have performed throughout Scotland and abroad. His his plays Fleeto and Wee Andy won awards at the Edinburgh, Adelaide and an Brighton Fringe festivals.

His play Watching The Detective saw its performer, Stuart Bowman, nominated for best actor in the 2012 Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland.



KING LEAR Best Music & Sound (2012)

TWELFTH NIGHT Best Music & Sound (2004)



Fuente Ovejuna

Theatre For A New Audience


Anna Karenina

Bunkamura Theatre, Tokyo


The Comedy of Errors

Royal Shakespeare Company


Outdoor production in Garden Theatre

A Long Day's Journey Into Night

Bunkamura Theatre, Tokyo


A Very Expensive PoisonThe Old Vic2019
The Provoked WifeRoyal Shakespeare Company2019
A Midsummer Night's DreamRegent's Park Open Air Theatre2019
Crime and PunishmentBunkamura, Japan2019
Shakespeare in LoveUK Tour2018
A Streetcar Named DesireBunkamura, Japan2017
The Beauty Queen of LeeaneBrooklyn Academy of Music, Off Broadway2017
The Beauty Queen of LeeaneDruid Theatre2016
Shakespeare in LoveWest End & Stratford Festival, Ontario2014
The Merry Wives of WindsorRoyal Shakespeare Company2012
Sleeping BeautyCitizen's Theatre2012
King LearCitizen's Theatre2011
Peer GyntDundee REP2007
Wiping My Mother's ArseTraverse Theatre2007
Period of AdjustmentAlmeida Theatre2006
Bury/Chatroom/CitzenshipNational Theatre2006
The Life of GalileoNational Theatre2006
The PillowmanBroadway2005
President of an Empty RoomNational Theatre2005
Playing with FireNational Theatre2005
The PillowmanNational Theatre2003
Twelfth NightNational Theatre2003
Antony & CleopatraRoyal Shakespeare Company2002
HinterlandOut of Joint, Abbey Theatre & National Theatre2002
She Stoops to Conquer / A Laughing MatterOut of Joint & National Theatre2002
Private LivesBroadway2002
The Plough and the StarsAbbey Theatre & Tour2002
HinterlandAbbey Theatre2002
The Prisoner's DilemmaRoyal Shakespeare Company2001
Henry IV, Parts I & IIRoyal Shakespeare Company2001
Big MaggieAbbey Theatre2001
The Ballad of Crazy PaolaTraverse Theatre2001
The Duchess of MalfiRoyal Shakespeare Company2000
On Raftery's HillDruid Theatre & Royal Court2000
The Hackney OfficeDruid Theatre2000
The Lonesone West Broadway1999
Battle RoyalNational Theatre1999
AntigoneThe Old Vic1999
The Leeane TrilogyDruid Theatre & Royal Court1999
The Iceman ComethBroadway1999
The Country BoyDruid Theatre1999
School for ScandalRoyal Shakespeare Company1998
FlightNational Theatre1998
The Beauty Queen of LeeaneBroadway1998
The Blue RoomBroadway1998
Vassa Albery Theatre1998
Racing DemonChichester Festival Theatre1998
The Beauty Queen of LeeaneDruid Theatre1998
Chips with EverythingNational Theatre1997
OthelloNational Theatre1997
The Cripple of InishmanNational Theatre1997
CloserNational Theatre1997
The Iceman ComethAlmeida Theatre1997
The IllusionRoyal Exchange Theatre1997
Portia CoughlanAbbey Theatre1996
Blue Remembered HillsNational Theatre1996
Portia CoughlanRoyal Court1996
Fair Ladies at a Game of Poem CardsNational Theatre1996
The MisanthropeYoung Vic1996
Popcorn Nottingham Playhouse1996
Painter of DishonourRoyal Shakespeare Company & Barbican1995
The Colleen BawnRoyal Exchange Theatre1995
The Devil's DiscipleNational Theatre1994
The Birthday PartyNational Theatre1994
Measure for MeasureCheek by Jowl1994
The SeagullGate Theatre, Dublin1994
SilverlandsDruid Theatre1994
Don't Fool With Love / The Blind MenCheek by Jowl1993
Richard IIIRoyal Shakespeare Company1993
Angels In America Parts I & IINational Theatre1993
A Doll's HouseGate Theatre, Dublin1993
The Lady from the SeaWest Yorkshire Playhouse1993
The ChangelingRoyal Shakespeare Company1992
Fuente OverjunaNational Theatre1992
The AlchemistRoyal Shakespeare Company1992
The Recruiting OfficerNational Theatre1992
The SeaNational Theatre1991
As You Like ItCheek by Jowl1991
Sara SampsonCheek by Jowl1990
HamletCheek by Jowl1990
Peer GyntNational Theatre1990
The TreatmentRoyal Court1990
Lady Betty Cheek by Jowl1989
King of the CastleAbbey Theatre1989
The TempestCheek by Jowl1988
PhiloctetesCheek by Jowl1988



Splendid Isolation: The Girl in the Window

Lyric Theatre Belfast / BBC


Short film

NanBrighter Pictures Ltd2009
Boy AFilm 42007BAFTA Nomination - Best Score (2008)
AfterlifeGabriel Films2003
BiteImagine Films Ltd1997
Two Oranges and a MangoBBC 21993
The MaitlandsBBC 21992


CymbelineBBC Radio 4 Drama
SpriteBBC Radio 4 Drama
TamburlaineBBC Radio 4 Drama
Henry IV (Parts I & II)BBC Radio 4 Drama
BurdalaneBBC Radio 4 Drama
Mr Wroe's VirginsBBC Radio 4 Drama
The Jew of MaltaBBC Radio 4 Drama


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