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Dare to bare at West End Bares 2012

London has been taken over by the 2012 Olympic Games, which have been taking place in our great city the last two weeks. It was a time for some of the world’s best athletes to shine and oh, how brightly they did shine. We can be especially proud of our very own Team GB, with the likes of Tom Daley, Jessica Ennis and Mo Farrah showing the younger generation what real role models look like and inspiring them to follow in their footsteps, and no doubt the competitors involved in the forthcoming Paralympics will continue to fly the flag for British pride. For those who just can’t get enough of the London Games though, the celebrations are extending to Café de Paris on 2nd September 2012 in the return of West End Bares.

This highly-anticipated night is now a regular on The Make A Difference Trust’s events calendar, and one of its most popular. West End Bares evolved from its long-running American counterpart Broadway Bares, created by the renowned Broadway and West End director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell. For one night only, the hottest dancers in the West End come together to give the WEB audience a scintillating experience they won’t forget, performing burlesque-style dance routines that contain more spice than Scary, Posh, Ginger, Sporty and Baby combined.

West End Bares is now in its third year, premiering in 2010 with ‘Strip Britannia’. Every year the event gravitates around a particular theme: last year’s ‘Clothing Optional’ centred on fashion and, in conjunction with the London Games, 2012’s ‘On Your Marks, Get Set…Strip!’ is all about the Olympics. If you’ve appreciated the Olympic athletes for their toned physiques as much as their sporting prowess, then you’ll love our WEB dancers – and they’re not shy about flashing the flesh either.

I work as a volunteer for the MADTrust organisation and West End Bares 2011 provided my first experience of this naughty-but-nice night. Hosted by the cheeky duo of Sheridan Smith and Gok Wan, it was certainly not one to forget in a hurry. Under the creative direction of the talented Darren Carnell (Ghost The Musical), the dancers, which included names such as Oliver Thornton, Summer Strallen and Matt Krzan, put on a thoroughly hot and steamy show for everyone there, with the likes of Natalie Casey putting in a celebrity appearance to blow your socks off – there was also the added bonus of West End leading man Ramin Karimloo stripping to just his underpants as he sung ‘Sex On Fire’; a performance that will remain burned in the minds of many for a lifetime I suspect…

Last year’s event was a huge success and it promises to repeat the feat in 2012. In less than three weeks, West End Bares will be back at Café de Paris and it’s bringing a whole new bag of fun with it. Those attending can expect to be dazzled and delighted by another round of our delectable dancers: some of the names featured in this year’s WEB include Matthew Wesley (Chicago), Amy Thornton (Rock of Ages), Busola Peters (The Lion King), Dominic Tribuzio (We Will Rock You), Damian Poole (Shrek), David Rudin (Wicked), Sophie Carmen Jones (Wicked), Jason Winter and Aaron Renfree, with celebrity appearances on the night from stage and screen star Claire Sweeney and rugby legend Ben Cohen. There will also be a special performance from two of the biggest names in the West End: Louise Dearman, who is soon to return to Wicked to take over the role of Elphaba, and Mark Evans, who is currently playing the lead role of ‘Sam Wheat’ in Ghost The Musical. They will be teaming up to debut ‘Stand Up’, a brand new song written by the talented Anderson & Petty especially for West End Bares. The composing duo have a very close relationship with The Make A Difference Trust and Mark Petty, one half of the partnership, recently spoke out to detail how pleased they were to be involved in this year’s events, saying: “We are honoured to have both of these shining lights adding their amazing vocals and performance to our song.”

More announcements about WEB 2012 are sure to follow in the lead-up to September, from other names taking part in the event to further fun for the audience, such as the chance to win a bottle of Moet by turning up on the night in one of MADTrust’s unique West End Bares 2012 t-shirts. There’s only one thing you really need to know though, and that is that this uniquely naughty event is going to be one of the biggest nights of the theatrical year and if you miss it, then you’re missing out.

By Julie Robinson (@missjulie25)

Thursday 16th August 2012

West End Bares takes place at Café de Paris on Sunday 2nd September 2012, 9.30pm & midnight. For further information and booking details, go to www.madtrust.org.uk


  • MissJulie

    Julie is a theatre enthusiast, and is particularly keen on new writing. She writes articles each week for our website including a popular weekly ‘In Profile’ which features actors and actresses that are not in lead roles and are often in the Ensemble.

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