Off West End Awards Nominations!

We are extremely excited to announce that the White Bear has accrued FIVE Off West End Nominations so far!

Men From The Ministry has been nominated for three Off Westend Awards for its run:

Best Director – Michael Kingsbury
Best Supporting Actor – David Benson
Sound Design – Rod Anderson

Out There On Fried Meat Ridge Road received two for:

Best Ensemble
Best Set Design

2017 Season

We’re excited to announce a couple more shows coming up in the White Bear season!

Following two development readings, the White Bear Theatre will produce Divine Chaos Of Starry Things by writer and broadcaster Paul Mason. The play looks at the lives of 5 women exiled to the colonies after the fall of the Paris Commune. Kennington resident Paul Mason was the Economics Editor of the BBC’s ‘News Night’, and Culture and Digital Editor of ‘Channel 4 News’.

Following the hugely successful production of Round The Horne at The White Bear, which transferred to the West-End and completed 3 number one tours, we are delighted to announce a stage version of the classic radio comedy Men From The Ministry, written by comic legend Brian Cooke, which will run between the 3rd and the 15th of January.

Bear and Beyond – White Bear News

Following its development run at The White Bear, Hurricane Michael – a piece about the meteorological phenomenon Michael Fish, and the untold story of the great storm of 1987 – is enjoying a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival’s première venue ‘The Assembly Rooms’ and garnering 4 star reviews!

We’re so happy for them!



The White Bear Theatre and bar is currently undergoing a major refurbishment and will re-open with an exciting and innovative new season in autumn 2016 in a stunning environment. Our intention is to build on the success of the last 25 years, focusing on new writing and lost classics.

The newly appointed White Bear producing team are currently programming shows from May onwards so please get in touch to arrange a meeting so that we can discuss your project by contacting founder and artistic director Michael Kingsbury at or call 020 7793 9193.

Watch this space and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates!

‘Fringe theatre at its best.’ – Michael Billington, The Guardian

sir ian and michael

Above: Michael Kingsbury (right), Artistic Director of the White Bear Theatre, with Sir Ian McKellen (left), award-winning actor and well-renowned wizard!


Above: Exclusive video interview with Simon Stephens on his play Christmas which played to capacity houses late 2014.

Latest White Bear successes!


Inigo (6 of 6)

The hugely successful Inigo by award-winning writer/director Jonathan Moore is to be transferred to the Pleasance Theatre. Congratulations to all involved – we’ll be sure to point the White Bear audience your way when the time comes!



The writer of the current 5* production ‘Tomorrow’ Sam Evans has signed to The Agency, whose clients include the likes of David Mamet amongst others. Congratulations to Sam on this tremendous news. You can listen to our interview with his collaborators Whistlestop Theatre in our latest White Bear Theatre Podcast.