Jan 2021 COVID restrictions
Thank you for continuing to use our spaces.
A reminder that all activities undertaken in our studio spaces and auditorium must be classed as professional activities (not leisure activities) as well as continue to work Covid safe, comply with all requests and house rules - and follow government guidelines (found here)
In line with government guidelines we are open for professional activities including:
- professional dance and choreography
- training and rehearsal without an audience
- film and TV filming
For now, we require a completed health and safety form and payment at least 2 workings day in advance in order to confirm your booking, so please contact us in plenty of time with your initial booking enquiry. Reception working days are Mon-Fri 10-6pm & Saturday 12-6pm.
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.
Due to Covid-19 we have restrictions on capacity and timings for each of our spaces. You can read our full Covid-19 guidelines here.
● Studio 1 - Maximum 10
● Studio 2 - Maximum 6
● Studio 3 - Maximum 8
● Maximum 30 (maximum of 10 people on stage at one time, 30 throughout the whole auditorium and backstage areas).
Dressing rooms - Maximum 6 each.
Workshop - Maximum 2 people.
All of our spaces are available to hire from 10:30am until 10pm. 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.
Please note that our studios are on the first floor and can only be accessed via a spiral stairway.
- To bring a show to The Cockpit, email dave [at] thecockpit [dot] org [dot] uk .
- For more information about bringing a show to be part of our broadcast strand, see our Broadcasts page.
- For Film Shoots, see our Shoots At The Cockpit page.
- 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 = Purple
Studio 2 = Green
Studio 3 = Yellow
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.
Capacity in-line with Covid-19 guidelines: Maximum 30 (with seats out.) 10 (with seats in.)
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.
If you want to hire the auditorium email Dave Wybrow dave [at] thecockpit [dot] org [dot] uk
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)
Capacity in-line with Covid-19 guidelines: Maximum 10
Maximum headroom: 2.8m (approx. 9ft)
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).
Capacity in-line with Covid-19 guidelines: Maximum 6
Maximum headroom: 2.2m (approx. 7ft)
Hourly rate: £8 per hour
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)
Capacity in-line with Covid-19 guidelines: Maximum 8
Maximum headroom: 2.3m (approx. 7ft)
Hourly rate: £12 per hour
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.
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.
Please familiarise yourself with safety notices, do not prop open fire doors or move fire extinguishers. Further information - www.thecockpit.org.uk/house_rules
We do not allow any food or drinks (excluding bottled water) in any of our studios. If you have a reason to make an exception to this rule, please email studios [at] thecockpit [dot] org [dot] uk.
Changes to payment - Your booking is not confirmed unless it has been paid for. Currently, we can only accept payment using a debit or credit card over the phone. You will be given payment instructions when your completed Health and Safety Form has been received. Unfortunately, this means we cannot accommodate last minute booking extensions on the day for the time being.
Changes to arriving - There are no reception staff stationed at The Cockpit - just technical/front of house staff. Please make sure you have all the information you need before you arrive. Unfortunately, we are not able to assist with photocopying or any other admin work, or offer reception services for you or anyone working with you.
Changes to facilities: Toilets are now single occupancy, one out, one in. Please use the vacant/engaged locks on the outer doors. There are soap dispensers in the toilets and various sanitiser pumps located on site, please use them at regular intervals.
Please respect our staff when they are cleaning, when the cleaning sign is up please give them space to do their job to ensure yours and their safety.
Changes to studio availability - Studios are available for hire during the following times;
Studio 1 - 10:30am-10:00pm Monday - Saturday, and 10:30am-6pm Sundays
Studio 3 - 11:00am-10:00pm Monday - Saturday, and 11:00am-6pm Sundays
During this time we regret that we cannot accommodate hires commencing less than 2 weeks from the date of enquiry. Studios are subject to a 2hr minimum booking restriction and we will add a 30 minute buffer between hires in order to allow time for cleaning and inspection. Please keep this in mind when viewing our online studio booking calendar.
Auditions & castings - If you’re holding auditions or castings please note that we will direct people to wait in the foyer, as there is no waiting area outside of the studios, and so you will need someone in the foyer at all times to receive your auditionees.
Auditorium bookings - When hiring the Auditorium as a dry-hire we can provide a domestic power supply and fluorescent lighting but no theatre lighting, PA system, 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 usually be equivalent to Studio 1.
Classes - You are responsible for your own students and will need to conduct a risk assessment. Let us know if you want to pop in and do this. If you’re running a class with young people, we will need to see a current DBS for the person running the class. Anyone under eighteen should be suitably supervised at all times while on site.
Setting up & packing down - The times you agree when you book are bookend times - this means you will not be able to gain access to the studio before the agreed time and must allow time for clearing up at the end to be out of the space promptly. See below cleaning instructions. Any extra time taken without prior arrangement is charged by the hour (minimum of £8). Repeat offenders will be fed to the lions… or just put on our blacklist.
Changes to cleaning - Please leave all spaces as you’d hope to find them. At the end of your hire please thoroughly wipe down surfaces and equipment you’ve used, using the provided cleaning supplies and dispose of any rubbish in the available bins. On rare occasions that studio users leave a mess or cause damage, we do charge for cleaning and repairs. Special care should be taken on the dance floor in Studio 1. You are welcome to use the foyer and the street outside as a break out space and to eat and drink.
Bookings and cancellations policy - 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. 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.
Saying goodbye - When the space is cleared of people, things, and litter, please stop by reception to sign out let us know that you have finished. Apart from anything, we like to say goodbye but it’s also a chance to get feedback about the space, as well as an opportunity to hear about your project or class and how it’s going.