PLEASE NOTE: THIS VENUE IS NO LONGER IN OPERATION. The Focus Theatre opened its door on 29 September 1967 with the production of Play with a Tiger by Doris Lessing. This 72-seater theatre was a dream realised for the late Deirdre O’Connell who had founded the Stanislavski Studio of Dublin four years earlier in May 1963. For the next 40 years, the Focus Theatre and Stanislavski Studio produced over 250 plays by internationally famous playwrights such as Arthur Miller, Samuel Beckett, Jean Paul Sartre, and Henrik Ibsen, and trained many famous actors and directors, thus becoming an important part of late-20th-century Irish theatre history. The theatre closed in April 2012 due to funding issues.