"Artistic Director Michael Kingsbury has an uncanny gift for literary talent spotting and has tirelessly pioneered the spirit of risk taking and innovation."
- Tom Morris, Associate Director of The Royal National Theatre writing in Time Out

The White Bear was established in 1988 and focuses on new writing and Lost Classics. It exists to nurture talent, extend possibilities and offer a space where risks can be taken. People who have cut their teeth at The White Bear include: Joe Penhall, Emily Watson, Tamsin Outhwaite, Kwami Kwei Armah, Vicky Featherstone, Torben Betts, Lucinda Coxon.

The White Bear has received numerous awards including 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.

The White Bear has scored two West End transfers, most recently ‘Round the Horne…Revisited’ was remounted for a sixteen month run in The West End and subsequently three Number One tours. It was chosen to be part of The 2005 Royal Variety Performance, and also became a film for BBC2. ‘Viva Espana’ – The Ibiza Musical’ – transferred to The Arts Theatre, having received The Carling London Fringe Award for Best Musical.
The White Bear has also transferred six productions to BAC as part of The Time Out Critics’ Choice Season.


The White Bear was established in 1989 to bring fringe theatre to an area much lacking in such resources. It has established itself as one of the foremost fringe venues in London with productions going on to the West End, touring, TV and film. It has received 9 Time Out Critic's Choices in the last two years and has nurtured writers such as Robert Sherwood and Joe Penhall. It was recently awarded money from the Royal Victoria and Albert Hall Foundation to upgrade its technical facilities. It is currently working with the Writers' Guild of Great Britain on script development and rehearsed readings, sponsored by the Cameron Macintosh Foundation.

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