London’s West End stars strip down for charity

When the sporting world looks to the UK for the Olympics, West End Bares presents On Your Marks... Get Set... Strip!

London’s West End stars strip down for charity
31 May 2012

This year, when the sporting world looks to the UK for the Olympics, West End Bares presents On Your Marks… Get Set… Strip!

This annual event combines the style burlesque and the razzle-dazzle of London’s theatre district, the West End, and features the hottest male and female dancers from all major London shows.

The event raises money for the UK charity, the Make a Difference Trust (MAD), which brings together the British entertainment community and its audiences to raise funds to support people living with HIV and AIDS, and for those in the entertainment industry facing hardship as a result of a long-term medical condition.

Each West End Bares performance has a theme.

Last year’s show, which was hosted by actor Sheridan Smith and gay TV fashion expert Gok Wan, celebrated fashion and glamour and was entitled Clothing Optional.

2010 marked its UK debut with Strip Britannia! and that year’s host, gay stage and TV star John Barrowman said: ‘What a way to make a difference, being a little naughty on stage for a wonderful cause.’

The event was a huge hit, as was the West End Bares 2011 calendar and raised £42,000 ($65,000 €52,000) for the charity.

The 2012 line up is yet to be announced.

It’s all based on Broadway Bares, which was created by gay Broadway and West End director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell in 1992, to benefit the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS charity.

West End Bares 2012 will be held on 2 September at London’s famous cabaret venue, the Café de Paris.

For booking details please visit the MAD Trust website.



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