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The Focus Theatre in Dublin was a small but respected theatre which offered a variety of plays from new and established writers.
Focus Theatre's Acting Studio was founded in April 1963 by the Irish American actor, Deirdre O'Connell (d. 2001). The Focus Theatre itself was founded by O'Connell and her husband, Luke Kelly of The Dubliners in 1967, and opened on 29 September with a production of Doris Lessing's Play With a Tiger.
It has been at the forefront of training actors and directors in Stanislavski's system as well as putting on productions of the classics of European and international theatre.
Several notable actors have been associated with the Focus, including Gabriel Byrne, Sabina Coyne (wife of the President of Ireland), Olwen Fouéré, Tom Hickey, Bosco Hogan, and Gerard McSorley. The artistic director is Joe Devlin.
The theatre closed in April 2012 due to funding issues.
- History of Focus Theatre The Focus Theatre. Retrieved: 2012-01-30.
- The Irish Times, "An Irishman's Diary", August 24, 1967
- McGovern, Avice-Claire (December 2008 – August 2012). "Focus Theatre Papers" (PDF). Dublin: Leabharlann Náisiúnta na hÉireann – National Library of Ireland. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
- Dublin's Focus Theatre Closes The Stage. Retrieved: 2014-04-21.
- History of Focus Theatre
- Focus Theatre in Google Maps
- Five Decades in Focus - A photographic history of the Focus Theatre
- Don’t put your feet on the stage - An Irishman’s Diary: Fifty years of the Focus Theatre - The Irish Times, 7 October 2013
- Exit, stage left (obituary of Deirdre O'Connell)