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Cochrane Theatre

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Jeanetta Cochrane Theatre
Cochrane Theatre
Address Southampton Row, Camden, London WC1B 4AP

51°31′08″N 0°07′14″W / 51.518889°N 0.120556°W / 51.518889; -0.120556{{#coordinates:51.518889|-0.120556|type:landmark|||||| | |name=

Owner University of the Arts London
Designation UK
Capacity 314 seated
Current use Empty
Opened 1963[1]
Closed 2012[1]
Years active 49
Architect LCC Architects' Dept[1]

The Cochrane Theatre was a receiving and producing theatre situated in Holborn, London, that opened in 1963 and has been closed since January 2012.[1]


The theatre opened in 1963 and was named after its founder, Jeannetta Cochrane, who was a theatre practitioner specialising in costume and scenery design at the Central School of Art and Design, now part of the University of the Arts London. Through her persistence, Cochrane persuaded the London County Council to build a theatre attached to the school. The theatre has a traditional proscenium arch and fly tower consisting of 41 counterweight flying bars, orchestra pit and a fully functioning paint frame (a rarity in London theatres).

The Cochrane closed in January 2012 when Central St Martin's moved to a new site near King's Cross (unifying what had been disparate locations for different parts of the college), with the new venue having its own theatre, the Platform Theatre.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Cochrane Theatre", The Theatres Trust. Retrieved 2012-10-20.

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