White Bear Theatre

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White Bear Theatre Club
The White Bear Theatre Club, White Bear
The White Bear Theatre
Address 138 Kennington Park Road
Lambeth, London SE11 4DJ
 United Kingdom
Type Fringe Theatre
Capacity 50
Opened 1988
Years active 1988 - present
Official website

The White Bear Theatre Club is a fringe theatre venue, established in 1988 in the White Bear pub in Kennington, London Borough of Lambeth.[1] It is run by Artistic Director Michael Kingsbury. Theatre practitioners who have worked at The White Bear include Joe Penhall, Dennis Kelly, Hugh Allison, Mark Little, Emily Watson, Tamzin Outhwaite, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Vicky Featherstone, Torben Betts, Lucinda Coxon, and Adam Spreadbury-Maher (Associate director 2008 - 2009). It is said to be one of the most interesting fringe theatres due to its small size and the intimacy of the acting space.[2] Thanks to recent refurbishment and upgrading work the White Bear Theatre is now and even better experience with the new sound proofing (including the main doors), patrons area and air conditioning.


Previous productions include: Bodyclock (Time Out Critics Choice), Così, Dracula (a new musical by Alex Loveless adapted from the original story by Bram Stoker), Life's A Dream, Feathers, The Return of the Soldier, The Card Index, Spin and I Only Want To Be With You.

April 2013 includes Trash by Littleberry Productions. Delve into TRASH - a fantastic new comedy set in the teeming rubbish heap of student life. Join an eclectic bunch of creative housemates as they scrimp and thrift their way through university, encountering teems of hilarious scenes along the way. [3]

Critical acclaim[edit]

The theatre has been described by London review magazine Time Out as 'Fringe Theatre of the first order, The White Bear must be saluted for staging such work' and Michael Billington from The Guardian was quoted as saying 'Fringe theatre at his best.'


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.


Coordinates: 51°29′12.5″N 0°6′28″W / 51.486806°N 0.10778°W / 51.486806; -0.10778