The Cockpit


Our flagship venue, The Cockpit, has been the home of Voila! Europe since the festival’s beginning in 2012. The Cockpit is a Theatre of Ideas. Dysfunctional times need a fully-functioning theatre with things to say. A theatre for London of disruptive panache, critique and useful, progressive ideas for the future.

The Cockpit is an ideal venue for performances in the round, shows with large casts, shows requiring high headroom, and companies who have already toured elsewhere in Europe and want to bring their work to London. This might be dance, music, new writing, a play in translation, puppetry, comedy, or performance art.  The Cockpit is a purpose-built, well designed, intimate venue – in a big way. Please let us know why you think the Cockpit is the best venue for your show in your application.

The venue offers: a technician for the 3-hour tech rehearsal on the day the show opens & an operator for all performances.

Number of performances: 1, 2, or 3 performances on evenings, and daytime performances on weekends.

Configuration Options: The Cockpit can be configured in the round with seats on four sides, or in thrust with seats on three sides. The flexible auditorium offers a deep playing space with a high ceiling. While it is possible to present end-on performances here, we are unlikely to programme these at the Cockpit unless there is a very good reason, as we prioritise productions that make full use of the venue’s potential. 

Capacity: 220 (in the round) or 160 (thrust) or 120 (end-on or traverse, achieved by seating a restricted number of audience in thrust layout)

Contract & Finance: The venue will contract the companies directly upon acceptance to the festival. Tickets will be £10 online and £13 at the door, with booking fees of £1.50 per order paid by the ticket buyer. There is no VAT applicable on ticket sales. The venue and the performing company will split the net box office 50/50.  Our box office income estimator (link here) is intended to give you a reasonable estimate of your show’s potential income.

Location: Gateforth Street, London NW8 8EH

Accessibility: This venue can accommodate a maximum of four wheelchair users. Sight-lines and acoustics are excellent.

Good to Know: The Cockpit has a bar and cosy lounge area, as well as rehearsal studios available to hire. The venue is central, a 7-minute walk from Marylebone, in a quiet neighbourhood.


Full venue information including technical specifications and contact details can be found at  See ‘hire our spaces’ and ‘info’ sections. 

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