The White Bear Theatre was founded in 1988 by Michael Kingsbury and focuses on new writing and lost classics. It exists to nurture and develop exceptional new and existing talent and offer a space where risks can be taken.
People who have cut their teeth at The White Bear Theatre include: Joe Penhall, Emily Watson, Mehmet Ergen, Tamzin Outhwaite, Kwame Kwei Armah, Vicky Featherstone, Torben Betts, and Lucinda Coxon.
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.
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.