Hire our spaces

We have a number of spaces available for hire.  Whether it's a show, rehearsal, photo or film shoot, auditions, writing session, seminar... we have a space for you.

All of our spaces are available to hire from 10am until late, but we are more than happy to accommodate times around your schedule the best that we can. When hiring our spaces you’ll have access to our free WIFI; as well as chairs, tables and a keyboard on request at no additional charge. We also have a bar which is open when we have shows or events; selling tea, coffee, snacks and alcohol (if you’re having one of those days).
Please note that our studios are on the first floor and can only be accessed via a spiral stairway.


How to hire a space:

  • To bring a show to The Cockpit, or use the auditorium for anything else like a film shoot or a rehearsal or meeting , email dave [at] thecockpit [dot] org [dot] uk
  • To hire a studio, call 020 7258 2925 (lines open between 10.30am - 6pm Monday to Friday & 12-6pm on Saturday’s) - we take payment at the time of booking so please have your card ready.
  • You can also email your enquiry to studios [at] thecockpit [dot] org [dot] uk
    • When emailing, please be sure to include a contact phone number, tell us what the activity is you're hiring for, and roughly how many people it will involve.

For FAQ's have a look at our Studio Users' Guide

Availability calendar:  This gives you a guide to which spaces are free, but does not give the complete picture - do get in touch to check. Opening times vary on Sundays.
 White space means there are slots available, but you'll need to contact us to check. Coloured blocks indicate which spaces have already been booked and for how long.
Studio 1 = Blue
Studio 2 = Green
Studio 3 = Yellow

The Auditorium

Cockpit Theatre Auditorium

The Auditorium is a large, versatile space seating up to ~220 in-the-round, or ~170 in thrust configuration.

Size: Approximately 8.6m x 6.6m (28ft x 22ft) playing space in thrust. In the round its about a 6.6 m playing space with the seats in or 11m x 11m with the seats out.  Total headroom is 8 m.

Guideline costs: Public event: Around £570 for a 5.5 hour block (e.g. 17.00-22.30) including box office, bar, front of house facilities and staffing, etc. But you will need to factor in get-in time during the day for technical work , rehearsal etc at about £40 an hour on top of that for a one day event. This means longer runs of more than one day are generally more economical. Price negotiable according to length of run, complexity and anticipated attendance of drinkers. Additional get-in and rehearsal time is flexible and negotiable and the fee includes technical support to get you started. Additional technical support of every kind available. 

Dry hire: Around  £20 per hour for non-public, dry-hire events such as rehearsals or £40 an hour for film and photographic shoots for that require stage lights and/or technical support.

Click here for the nuts and bolts technical details
Click here for more on the next steps for bringing a show to The Cockpit

If you want to hire the auditorium email Dave Wybrow  dave [at] thecockpit [dot] org [dot] uk


Studio 1

Studio 1

Studio 1 - Ideal for dance and large group activities

  • A large bright room with heaps of natural daylight (floor to ceiling windows, with curtains for blackout)
  • Thick Harlequin rehearsal dance floor
  • Mirrored wall (with curtains)
  • Sound system with CD player and input for iPods/laptops.  
  • Small lighting rig with 30A power supply and 6-channel dimmer.
    (This can only be used when booked in advance with an in-house technician present.)
  • There is also a small room available for changing in and short-term storage (available upon request).  

Size: Approximately 8m x 7m (26ft x 23ft)
Maximum headroom: 2.8m (approx. 9ft)

Hourly rate: £20
Day rate: £142 (10am - 6pm)
Half day rate: £75 (10am - 2pm or 2pm - 6pm)
If our studios are busy we are  able to offer rehearsal space as available in the auditorium for the same price as Studio 1, with domestic power supply and fluorescent lighting but no theatre lighting, aircon or access to gantry, dressing rooms or workshop. Please be aware that there may be items of set or set dressings in place, although usable floor area will always be equivalent to Studio 1. 

Studio 2

Studio 2

Studio 2 - our smallest space and is used for small group rehearsals, auditions and readings. Not recommended for dance/movement rehearsals or large companies.

  • Good flat acoustic response (As an ex-recording studio, the space is acoustically treated, but is not soundproofed).
  • There is no natural daylight in this room (as there are no windows) but still plenty of light.
  • Extractor fan which removes the warm air from the room. No air conditioning.

Size: Approximately 5m x 5m (16ft x16ft). 
Maximum headroom: 2.2m (approx. 7ft)

Hourly rate: £8 per hour


Studio 3

Studio 3

Studio 3 - ideal for meetings, writing sessions, table readings.

  • A bright, tall room with four large skylights
  • Tables and chairs, available.  
  • Whiteboards are available
  • Phone and internet connections available.

Size: Approximately 5m x 6m (16ft x 20ft)
Maximum headroom: 2.3m (approx. 7ft)

Hourly rate: £12 per hour


Additional Equipment (Available with £20 deposit)
Logitech Multimedia Speakers Z150 with headphone/mini jack.
Kawai KDP-90 Digital Piano (Can only be used in Studio Two)
88 note advanced hammer action IV-F keyboard with Sustain, Soft, Sostenuto pedals
Connectivity - 1/4" Jack Stereo, 2 x Headphone Out, MIDI In/Out, 
Other Functions - Damper Resonance, Reverb, Touch, Tuning, Transpose

Yamaha PSR-E343 Electric Piano with stand (Can be used anywhere in the building.)
Five octave (61 keys) full-size keyboard with touch response
Connectivity - 1 x Headphone Out
Please note: although this electric piano can be used with a compatible sustain pedal, we do not have one on site. You are welcome to bring your own.

Booking Terms & Conditions

When booking our spaces you will receive our Studio Users Guide (attached below) which will give you a little more information about using our spaces. If you have any questions, feel free to drop us an email - studios [at] thecockpit [dot] org [dot] uk

Please note: We only hire to people over the age of 18. If you may have anyone under 18 in attendance, you will need to conduct a Risk Assessment for your hire. You are welcome to book a time with reception to visit the space to do this.

Cancellation Policy

Payment will need to be made before your hire & you will receive a Studio Hire receipt to confirm what you've booked. Your booking is not confirmed until you have paid for it.
Unfortunately we cannot leave less than two hours between daytime bookings (10am - 6pm) in the same studio when being hired by the same person or company.

We accept cancellations subject to two weeks notice, in advance, and will refund fee paid minus a 15% admin charge (minimum of £8). Cancellations with less than two weeks notice are charged at full rate.
We will reschedule your booking at your request, subject to availability. Transfers are made at our discretion, are subject to a 15% admin charge (minimum of £8) and can be denied at any time.