Smock Alley Theatre is to reopen as a performance space once again.

Built in 1662, Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin's Temple Bar has housed both a wine warehouse and a church. It will now become the permanent home for the Gaiety School of Acting and will comprise a performance space and a resource library at a cost of eight million euro. Patrick Sutton outlines the advantages of the new location. The Gaiety School of Acting is also introducing a BA qualification in conjunction with Dublin City University (DCU).

Theatre Historian Dr Chris Morash describes Smock Alley as the cradle of Irish theatre.

We've had this phenomenally important theatre hiding in plain sight right in the centre of Dublin for the last hundred, almost two hundred years.

Fiach Mac Conghail Director of the Abbey Theatre believes that an acting academy will encourage more actors to train in Ireland.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 2 July 2008. The reporter is Sinéad Crowley.