LONDON – After nine spectacular sold out shows raising over £300,000 for the Make A Difference Trust, West End Bares, theatre’s hottest annual fundraiser, returns for its 10th birthday with a one-off celebratory performance on Sunday 13th October at Troxy with 1500 tickets now on sale.
Based on the original concept ‘Broadway Bares’ by legendary Broadway and West End director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, West End Bares started in 2010 at Café de Paris, quickly growing in size and moving to the larger Novello Theatre, before eventually arriving at the Shaftesbury Theatre. For its 10th birthday West End Bares moves to Troxy for an almighty party to celebrate 10 stunning years of daring to bare.
This year’s theme will be announced later in the summer and follows nine years of incredible shows including West End Bares’ unique take on the Olympics in 2012, Fashion in 2011, a Nude Dunnit murder mystery in 2014, reaching new heights of nearly naked pleasure in Take Off in 2015 and turning the colourful characters of Oz upside down in Ruby Strippers in 2017. This year’s anniversary show follows 2018’s Top Off The Pops, which was hosted by Tom Allen and saw over 100 performers including Eva Noblezada, Laura Baldwin, Natasha Barnes, Luke Baker and Jon Robyns dare to bare, paying tribute to iconic music artists; the event raised over £60,000 for the Make a Difference Trust, a new record.
Special celebrity guests and performers for this year’s performance will be announced in due course. Previous celebrity supporters over the last ten years have included Graham Norton, John Barrowman, Eddie Izzard, Samantha Bond, Dame Judi Dench, Joe Lycett, Beverley Knight, Summer Strallen, Bianca del Rio, Michelle Visage, Adam Garcia, Dianne Pilkington, Mark Gatiss, Ian Hallard, Celinde Schoenmaker and Oliver Savile.
Says Artistic Director David Grewcock: “Since 2010, over 600 incredible performers have dared to bare in front of nearly 10,000 audience members. To celebrate our 10th Anniversary, we are pulling out all the stops and throwing a party like no other – and with the return of a strictly limited number of standing tickets in the Pit, as close to the action as you can get, you do not want to miss it!”
Says Melanie Tranter, Chair of the Make A Difference Trust: “West End Bares only happens because of the incredible generosity of the theatre community who give their time and talent so generously to make this incredible show possible. We are delighted to be celebrating ten years of West End Bares.”
West End Bares 2019 plays at Troxy, London on 13th October 2019. Tickets are available from www.madtrust.org.uk or the Troxy booking line 020 790 9000 and in person at Troxy.
VIP tickets are available directly from the MAD Trust by calling 020 7231 9719 and include access to the pre-show drinks reception, VIP entrance to the theatre with a drink on arrival, £10 of MAD money, the best seats in the House for the legendary Rotation and access to the Exclusive After Party. Booking fees apply.