|Jeanetta Cochrane Theatre|
|Address||Southampton Row, Camden, London WC1B 4AP
|Owner||University of the Arts London|
|Architect||LCC Architects' Dept|
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.
In June 2015 Channel 4 made a TFI Friday special at the theatre and following it's success an entire series of ten shows in October - December 2015 were produced live. The set has since been dismantled and there are no plans to make any new shows, due to Evans' new Top Gear role.
Cochrane Theatre was chosen for the new series as the original location of Riverside Studios where the show was filmed has been demolished and is being redeveloped, due for completion in the autumn of 2017.
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