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The White Bear Theatre
The White Bear Theatre
138 Kennington Park Road
Country  United Kingdom
Capacity 50
Type Fringe Theatre
Opened 1988
Years active 1988 - present
Previous names The White Bear Theatre Club, White Bear
Coordinates: 51°25′55″N 0°06′11″W / 51.431915°N 0.103191°W / 51.431915; -0.103191

The White Bear Theatre is a london fringe theatre venue, which was established in 1988 and sits inside 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, Emily Watson, Tamsin Outhwaite, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Vicky Featherstone, Torben Betts, Lucinda Coxon, Adam Spreadbury-Maher (Associate director 2008 - 2009) and Chris Loveless (Associate Director, 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].





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

Critical Acclaim

This fringe theatre has been deemed as a hugely important venue by esteemed 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.


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