‘A venue which achieves miracles on a shoestring. Maybe the RSC could sub them.‘ – Ian Herbert, Theatre Record
The White Bear Theatre is an award-winning, off-West End venue, only 2 minutes walk from Kennington Underground and just 4 stops from Leicester Square (on the Northern Line).
The White Bear was founded by Michael Kingsbury and focuses on new writing and lost classics. It exists to nurture and develop exceptional new talent and offer a space where risks can be taken. People who have cut their teeth at The White Bear include: Joe Penhall, Emily Watson, Mehmet Ergen, Tamzin Outhwaite, Kwame Kwei Armah, Vicky Featherstone, Torben Betts, and Lucinda Coxon. The White Bear has also developed and hosted work by a new generation of theatre makers including Verity Bargate winner Vicky Jones, Blanche McIntyre, The Ugly Sisters, and Simon Evans. Former White Bear Associates include Adam Spreadbury-Marr and Box of Tricks Theatre.
The White Bear has recently undergone extensive upgrades including full air conditioning of the theatre.
The White Bear has received numerous awards including Off West End Awards in 2011 and 2012, and the Mark Marvin/Peter Brook Award for 2012/13. Other awards include Time Out Best Fringe Venue, Peter Brook Empty Space Award for Best Up and Coming Venue, Carling London Fringe Awards for Best Actor and Best Production, and the Fringe Report Award for Outstanding Achievement.
Transfers from the White Bear have included the recent production of Inigo transferring to The Pleasance, The Confessions of Gordon Brown and Madness in Valencia both for the Trafalgar 2, and Round the Horne… Revisited which played in the West End for 18 months, completed 3 first-class tours and was chosen for the Royal Variety Performance. The London première of John Osborne’s second play Personal Enemy transferred to the prestigious Brits Off-Broadway Festival in New York, and other transfers include Muswell Hill to The Park, The Duchess of Malfi to the Southwark Playhouse, and Count Oederland to the Arcola.
The recent Offie Nominated production of Out There on Fried Meat Ridge Road will transfer to Trafalgar 2 in May.
The White Bear is a member of the Society of Independent Theatres and the Kennington Association.