The Cockpit Theatre, Marylebone - not to be confused with The Cockpit-in-Court (also known as the Royal Cockpit), an early 1600s theatre, located at the rear of the Palace of Whitehall, next to St James's Park. This Cockpit Theatre is a fringe theatre in Marylebone, London, noted as being London's first purpose built theatre in the round since the Great Fire of London. Designed by Edward Mendelsohn and built in 1969-70 by the Inner London Education Authority as a community theatre.
For a period of time, ownership of the theatre was transferred to the London Borough of Westminster and was used by the City of Westminster College. When the college moved to new premises in January, the Cockpit Theatre was refurbished and returned to its former incarnation as a full-time theatre and training venue.
In terms of performances, the Cockpit offers a bit of everything; comedy, drama, jazz performances, musicals, Shakespeare, classical music... the list goes on. There's an educational aspect too in the form of acting and dance classes, literary workshops, training days, industry events. If acting and dancing are not for you, the theatre also runs courses in technical areas like rigging and pyrotechnics. There is also space available for rehearsals, meetings, auditions, film and photo shoots.
The Cockpit prides itself on supporting emerging companies and new writers. Organisers say
'....The Cockpit is important as a breeding ground for new talent and new ideas that feed into our culture, reinventing and reinvigorating us.'
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