White Bear Theatre

Theatre, Fringe Kennington
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A historic pub theatre in Kennington

Founded in 1988, this stalwart of London's pub theatre scene is looking brighter than ever after a recent refurbishment. The once notoriously dodgy pub downstairs is looking spruce and spacious. And upstairs, artistic director and founder Michael Kingsbury is presiding over The White Bear Theatre's fully-equipped black box space. 

The White Bear is a 50-seat theatre which hosts fringe shows with a serious bent: look out for translations of European theatre classics, Renaissance tragedies and revivals of lost plays. There's also an emphasis on new writing, which bears out in an impressive alumni list including Royal Court boss Vicki Featherstone and playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah. 


Venue name: White Bear Theatre
Address: 138
Kennington Park Road
SE11 4DJ
Transport: Tube: Kennington
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Really lovely fringe venue with comfy seats! I saw the hilarious play 'Mouldy Grapes' here last week. The play was about modern dating and had the pace of the tinder scene, but was grounded in hard hitting truths about frivolity and monogamy, with a focus on LGBT relationships. Went down to the pub for a drink afterwards, at £5.80 a bottle, the cider was a bit pricey, but the surroundings are cosy and you could do worse spending a few hours here.

After a £1.3m renovation, this place and the brand new gastro-pub is going to be a really exciting and beautiful hub for the arts in South London

I was priviledged tonight to be in the audience of the Dorothy Squires show tonight.The writing, the staging and the performances were truly moving. The musical arrangements and their interpolation and harmonies was sensational. I was truly moved by the production.It is almost an insult to describe Al Pillay as a cross dressing comedy actor. He/she is a wonderful actor and brought enormous truth as an actor to the role.For those of us who saw and remember Ms Squires, she lived again. The musical style was exactly right and because it was sung with truth not comedy, reminded us of that time. I wish I could see it several times, to appreciate the direction and stagecraft and witty choreography on such a small stage. It was an absolutely moving celebration of a gutsy woman. I am sure that after Edinborough this could be slightly lengthened for a West End Run. Thank you.t

Ben Jonson's The Alchemist -- fast-paced, well staged, terrific fun!

This is a small theatre and small production company punching well above it's weight. This production of Hamlet has a fantastic cast and have made this original, shorter version of the play a real rollercoaster of a production. I hope to see it again before it ends.