Words: Steve Brown
To mark a decade, WEST END BARES is back for a special night celebrating their 10th anniversary and we have exclusive images from the upcoming celebration.
Raising money for HIV charity, Make a Difference Trust, this year’s show on October 13 will see returning favourites from all previous editions as well as hot new talent from the West End and beyond.
As well as obtaining exclusive images, we can also reveal exclusively the hosts of this year's celebrations are Graham Norton, Tom Allen and Michelle Visage.
Speaking about hosting the birthday celebrations, Graham Norton said: “I’m thrilled to be back co-hosting West End Bares with Tom and Michelle and I can’t believe we’re now celebrating the show’s tenth Birthday. It’s always a brilliant night and this year promises to be better than ever!”
Tom Allen added: “I’m so excited to be returning to West End Bares this year and Stripped promises the most incredible show yet, celebrating the best performances over the course of a decade of Bares. It’s an amazing night that you won’t want to miss!”
Michelle Visage, who is currently wowing audiences on Strictly Come Dancing, said: “I cannot wait to be part of West End Bares again this year as we celebrate ten years of such an important event raising so much money for the Make a Difference Trust.
"I’m sure Graham, Tom and I will have a fabulous time and I hope you all will too!”
WEST END BARES will be directed by David Grewcock and Will Lucas, with choreography from Sean Parkins (Dreamgirls, The Book Of Mormon, Wicked), Joanna Goodwin (Sunset Boulevard, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Barnum), Lucy Jane Adcock (Sweet Charity, Guys & Dolls, Matilda), Stuart Rogers (The Bodyguard, We Will Rock You, Mary Poppins), Racky Plews (American Idiot, Footloose, Knights of the Rose), Ashley Nottingham (Newsies, Spamalot, Thoroughly Modern Millie), Ella Nonini (Cats, Wicked, Mamma Mia) Adam Scott (Mamma Mia, That’s Entertainment) and more to announced.
To add to the excitement, award-winning West End star, Kerry Ellis will be performing the finale of WEST END BARES: STRIPPED at the climax of the shows 10th Birthday performance.
Award winning director and choreographer, Jerry Mitchell, creator of the original concept ‘Broadway Bares’, the inspiration behind West End Bares, said: “It’s time for the biggest British Bares yet! It’s going to be one FULLOUT party so get your tickets now.
"More than 600 of the West End’s hottest talents have taken part since the first show in 2010 and the 10th anniversary of West End Bares proves that what we do together really does make a difference.
"STRIPPED will be the ultimate celebration of everything Bares stands for: community, equality and never being afraid to be sexy. Don’t miss it!"
Tickets for WEST END BARES are on sale now and are priced at £25 - £80.
Images by Darren Bell.