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West End Bares: Stripped will be the show’s tenth anniversary.

West End Bares: Stripped will be the show's tenth anniversary.

West End Bares announces theme for tenth birthday

Eleni Cashell

By Eleni Cashell Published 25 July 2019

West End Bares, the annual fundraiser for the Make A Difference Trust, has announced the next theme will be West End Bares: Stripped. Celebrating ten years, the show will revisit some of the classic strips from its history.

Taking place at the Troxy on Sunday 13 October, the show will take one number from each year and reimagine it to match the scale and spectacle of the venue.

Celebrating their tenth birthday in style, West End Bares will feature phenomenal singers alongside all the flesh audiences have come to expect with over 100 performers. Although the participants are yet to be announced, this year’s show promises returning favourites from previous years as well as hot new talent from the West End and beyond.

As well as top talent performing in the show, choreography will be done by creatives at the top of their game. Chorographers on the show include Sean Parkins (The Book Of Mormon, Wicked), Joanna Goodwin (Sunset Boulevard, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), Lucy Jane Adcock (Sweet Charity, Matilda), Stuart Rogers (We Will Rock You, Mary Poppins), Racky Plews (American Idiot, Footloose), Ashley Nottingham (Newsies, Spamalot), Ella Nonini (Cats, Wicked, Mamma Mia) Adam Scott (Mamma Mia, That’s Entertainment) and more.

The creator of the original concept is the award-winning director and choreographer, Jerry Mitchell. About the upcoming event, he said:

“It’s time for the biggest British Bares yet! It’s going to be one FULLOUT party so get your tickets now. Over 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!”

Over the last nine years, West End Bares has raised over £3000,000 for the Make A Difference Trust, who are a UK based charity with a vision of a world free from HIV and AIDS.  They raise funds for HIV and AIDS projects that build awareness and provide care, support and education in the United Kingdom and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Melanie Tranter, Chair of the Make A Difference Trust said: “This will be a true celebration of ten amazing  years of West End Bares and a celebration of the incredible generosity of the theatre community who have given their time and talent so generously to raise thousands of pounds to support those living with or affected by HIV. Together we are making a difference.”

Special celebrity guests and performers for this year’s show will be announced later this summer.

Tickets are on sale now from The Troxy’s website or the Make A Difference Trust site and are priced at £25 – £80. VIP tickets are available directly from the Make A Difference Trust by calling 020 7231 9719.

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