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About Us


The White Bear Theatre was founded by Michael Kingsbury in 1989 and has helped develop some of the countries leading theatre makers including Joe Penhall, Sharon Horgan and Dennis Kelly. It has also hosted work by a new generation of practitioners including Ruby Thomas, Poleroid Theatre, The Ugly Sisters and Martha Watson Allpress.


The White Bear Theatre has received numerous awards including Timeout Best Fringe Theatre, Peter Brook - Empty Space Award for Best Fringe Theatre. The Offie Award for Best Director , best actor and best actress in the public vote. The founder and Artistic director received the London Pub Theatre Award for Outstanding Contribution To Pub Theatre in November 2022. Michael sits on the board of the Society of Independent Theatres along with Finborough, the New Diorama and Theatre503. 


Recent transfers include Maggie and Ted to the Garrick Theatre, Dom to The Other Palace and Theatre Royal Windsor , Jumping The Shark  ( which started as a one week run)  enjoyed a name led number one tour in March this year , and I Found My Horn Opened in the main house at The Riverside Studious in June 2023. 

The Team

Artistic Director - Michael Kingsbury

Admin, Website & Social Media - Silvester Design

Lighting and Technical Associate - Chuma Emembolu

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