Composer / Sound Designer

Tom Lane

Selected credits

  • The Tragedy of Macbeth Almeida Theatre, London
  • The WeirAbbey Theatre, Dublin
  • The Blackwater Lightship Gaiety Theatre/DTF 2022
  • The Visiting HourGate Theatre, Dublin
  • White Devil Shakespeare's Globe | Annie Ryan
  • Giselle Ballet Ireland | Ludovic Ondiviela
  • Front of House / Backstage / The Stalls Cork Opera House | Conor Hanratty
  • Unruhe Theater Trier | Hannes Langolf


Tom has composed for many of Ireland’s foremost theatre, dance and opera companies and is a founding member of Ulysses Opera Theatre.  He has been nominated for six Irish Times Theatre Awards, including Best Opera for The Stalls  and  Front of House, and Best Soundscape for Whitby.

His recent work includes composition and Musical Director for The Weir at the Abbey Theatre, composition and sound design for The Blackwater Lightship at Gaiety Theatre, composition for The Tragedy of Macbeth at Ameida Theatre, composition and sound design for Yaël Farber’s Hamlet at Gate Theatre and St Ann’s Warehouse NYC, and Annabelle Comyn’s Look Back in Anger, also for Dublin’s Gate Theatre. He composed music for choreographer Hannes Langolf’s new physical theatre piece Unruhe at Theater Trier and Backstage, a new opera commissioned by Cork Opera House.

Further credits include United Fall’s Girl Song by Emma Martin, Annie Ryan’s The White Devil at Shakespeare’s Globe, Ballet Ireland’s acclaimed Giselle choreographed by Ludovic Ondiviela, The Seagull for the Corn Exchange, Romeo and Juliet at the Gate Theatre, and Oedipus at the Abbey Theatre (nominated Best Sound Design, Irish Times Theatre Awards).

Featured work

The Weir

Abbey Theatre, Dublin
Written by Conor McPherson
Directed by Caitríona McLaughlin
Set and Costume Designer: Sarah Bacon
Lighting Designer: Jane Cox
Composer and Musical Director: Tom Lane
Sound Designer: Rob Moloney

“Nothing short of breathtaking”
★★★★ The Stage

★★★★ Irish Examiner 

★★★★ The Arts Review

The Blackwater Lightship

Gaiety Theatre, Dublin
Adapted and Directed by David Horan
Set and Costume Design: Maree Kearns
Lighting Design: Kevin Smith
Music and Sound Design: Tom Lane

★★★★ The Telegraph 

★★★★ The Irish Times 

★★★★ The Stage 


The Tragedy of Macbeth

Almeida Theatre
Starring Saoirse Ronan and James McArdle
Direction by Yaël Farber
Set by Soutra Gilmour
Costume by Joanna Scotcher
Lighting by Tim Lutkin
Sound Design by Peter Rice
Composer Tom Lane

“A thunderous total marriage of sound, spectacle and performance” ★★★★★ Timeout

“An exceptional production”  ★★★★ WhatsOnStage

The Visiting Hour

The Gate Theatre, Dublin
Starring Stephen Rea and Judith Roddy
Directed by Caitríona McLaughlin
Set and Costume Design by Katie Davenport
Lighting Design by Paul Keogan
Sound and Composition by Tom Lane

‘One of the best online theatrical experiences since COVID.’
★★★★★ The Arts Review



Gate Theatre Dublin | St Ann's Warehouse
Directed by Yaël Farber
Starring Ruth Negga

“A stunning gift for Irish theatregoers…Negga is mesmerizing” The Times Ireland

“hauntingly atmospheric” The Sunday Times


Ballet Ireland
Choreographed by Ludovic Ondiviela

“The changes certainly aren’t subtle, with libretto, choreography and music being significantly altered. In a production that honours tradition without ever being restrained by it, Ballet Ireland’s “Giselle” embraces the contemporary and is all the better for doing so. Brave and breathtakingly beautiful at times, Ballet Ireland’s “Giselle” borders on the sublime.” The Arts Review


Theater Trier
Direction & choreography Hannes Langolf

“Powerful in its expressiveness, intelligent and wonderfully poetic in its visual power” Trierischer Volksfreund

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