Use Our Space

COVID restrictions

Thank you for continuing to use our spaces.

A reminder that all activities undertaken in our studio spaces and auditorium must continue to work Covid safe, comply with all requests and house rules - and follow government guidelines (found here)

We are open for:

● Film shoots

● Auditions

● Read-throughs

● Rehearsals where activities can be run in line with DCMS guidance

● Workshop/devising sessions where activities can be run in line with DCMS guidance

● Classes - where activities can be run in line with DCMS guidance

We  also host:

● Dance

● Yoga

● Improvisation


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.

You can read our full Covid-19 guidelines here

● Studio 1 - Usual maximum 20

● Studio 2 - Usual maximum 15

● Studio 3 - Usual maximum 20


● Maximum 30

Dressing rooms -  Usual maximum 12 each.


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.


All members of our Theatre Maker community can get a 20% discount on their studio hire cost. 

To be eligible for our Theatre Maker discount you must have done one of the following: 
  • Taken part in a Theatre Maker course or workshop
  • Taken part in Theatre In The Pound
  • Taken part in New Stuff
Make sure you know the email address you booked with when you call so we can find you on our system.

How to hire a space:

  • To bring a show to The Cockpit, email daveatthecockpit [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 studiosatthecockpit [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

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 8.5 m.

Guideline costs: Public events

Longer solo shows:    For  full evening or two act shows (anything over 80 mins running time), longer runs of a few days to a few weeks are really what we are about but we consider one day events too. For a show in a day, think in terms of around £590 plus get-in time at £45 an hour. Prices are inclusive and there are no extras or contras to pay. The  basic performance price includes box office, bar, front of house facilities and staffing, etc. but you need to factor in get-in time during the day  for technical work , rehearsal etc. This means longer runs of more than one day, with later get-in times on days once the show is up and running,  are 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 during your get-in to get you started. Additional technical support of every kind available.

Shorter shows as double bills:  For one-act shows (one hour approx) , its sometimes possible to share an evening with another one-act show, lowering the cost.  Got a one-act show? Know another company with one too.....?   

If you want to hire the auditorium  for a show of any kind email Dave Wybrow  daveatthecockpit [dot] org [dot] uk

Guideline costs: Dry hire

 £22 per hour for non-public, dry-hire events such as rehearsals, and approximately £45 an hour for tech rehearsals and film and photographic shoots dependant on exact requirements, contact debatthecockpit [dot] org [dot] uk for further info.

Rehearsal Capacity in-line with Covid-19 guidelines: Maximum 30 (with seats out.) 10 (with seats in.)

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




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)

Capacity: Usual maximum 20

Maximum headroom: 2.8m (approx. 9ft)

Hourly rate: £22
Half day rate: (10am - 2pm/2-6pm) £83
Full day rate: (10am - 6pm) £158
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). 

Capacity: Usual maximum 15

Maximum headroom: 2.2m (approx. 7ft)

Hourly rate: £10 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)

Capacity: Usual maximum 20

Maximum headroom: 2.3m (approx. 7ft)

Hourly rate: £14 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 - studiosatthecockpit [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.


Changes to Health & Safety: Certain changes in your activity or changes to the number of people involved may result in the cancellation of your booking so it is always best to advise us of any changes prior to your arrival.
Please familiarise yourself with safety notices, do not prop open fire doors or move fire extinguishers. Further information -
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 studiosatthecockpit [dot] org [dot] uk.">studiosatthecockpit [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.

Changes to arriving:  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: 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.

We have portable, oil filled radiators in each space. Do not plug in to extension cables, please only plug these in to wall sockets. Please do not touch the settings and leave them  as you found them.


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 £10). 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 £10) 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.

To be eligible for our Theatre Maker discount you must have done one of the following: 
  • Taken part in a Theatre Maker course or workshop
  • Taken part in Theatre In The Pound
  • Taken part in New Stuff
Make sure you know the email address you booked with when you call so we can find you on our system.