The White Bear Theatre was founded by ‘ local boy’ Michael Kingsbury in 1988. The White Bear exists to nurture and develop exceptional new and existing talent and offer a space where risks can be taken.

The White Bear Theatre 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 Theatre Associates include Adam Spreadbury-Marr and Box of Tricks Theatre.

Artistic Director, Michael Kingsbury is on the board of The Society Of Independent Theatres which represents leading off-west-end theatres including The Finborough, Theatre 503, The Park and the New Diorama.  


The White Bear Theatre has received numerous awards including Off West End Awards, and the Mark Marvin/Peter Brook Awards. 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 & Best Production and the Fringe Report Award for Outstanding Achievement.


Our transfers have included the recent production of Inigo transferring to The Pleasance,  The Confessions of Gordon Brown and Madness in Valencia both for the Trafalgar Studio 2, and Round the HorneRevisited 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 ParkThe Duchess of Malfi to the Southwark Playhouse, and Count Oederland to the Arcola

The Team

Artistic Director - Michael Kingsbury

Website Admin & Social Media - Silvester Design

Lighting and Technical Associate - Chuma Emembolu