Focus Theatre

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Focus Theatre
An Amharclann Fócais
Address6A Pembroke Place
OpenedSeptember 29, 1967; 51 years ago (1967-09-29)
ClosedApril 30, 2012 (2012-04-30)[1]
Years active1967-2012

The Focus Theatre (Irish: An Amharclann Fócais) 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, who died in 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.[2][3][4] 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.[5]


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  2. ^ History of Focus Theatre Archived 2011-08-16 at the Wayback Machine The Focus Theatre. Retrieved: 2012-01-30.
  3. ^ The Irish Times, "An Irishman's Diary", August 24, 1967
  4. ^ McGovern, Avice-Claire (December 2008 – August 2012). "Focus Theatre Papers" (PDF). Dublin: Leabharlann Náisiúnta na hÉireann – National Library of Ireland. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  5. ^ Dublin's Focus Theatre Closes The Stage. Retrieved: 2014-04-21.

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Coordinates: 53°20′04″N 6°15′14″W / 53.334378°N 6.25388°W / 53.334378; -6.25388