West End Bares event is an initiative created by legendary Broadway and West End choreographer/director Jerry Mitchell, to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids charities. This annual ‘sold out’ event called “Excalibare” was on Sunday 25th September at the prestigious Novello Theatre.  The show combines the naughtiness of burlesque and the razzle-dazzle of the West End, featuring some of Theatreland’s hottest performers currently appearing in West End and touring productions.

This year we were delighted that Graham Norton once again fronted the show. He was joined by West End star co-hosts, Samantha Bond, Ramin Karimloo, Helen Lederer, Gina Beck and Ben Freeman. This year’s show will feature performances by double Olivier award-winner David Bedella, Nancy Sullivan, Cedric Neal, Lucy St Louis, Obiama Ugoala and West End leading lady Summer Strallen. The full company features over 100 of the hottest and most exciting performers from the West End and beyond, including cast members from Aladdin, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dreamgirls, Funny Girl, Kinky Boots, Mary Poppins, Motown and Wicked.

The numbers this year were choreographed by Tara Wilkinson (Associate Director Motown), Joanna Goodwin (Associate Choreographer on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), Racky Plews (Director on American Idiot), Mitch Leow (currently performing in Aladdin), Stuart Rogers (previously appeared in The Bodyguard, We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia!, Mary Poppins), Sean Parkins (currently in Dream Girls), Ashley Nottingham (Choreographer on End of the Rainbow), Aaron Renfree (Choreographer and Dancer who has worked with The Saturdays and on X Factor), Freddie Hiddlestone (Associate Director on Sideshow) and new comers Ashley-Jordan Packer and Fletcher Dobinson.

Bigger and barer than ever before, the hottest night out at the theatre, EXCALIBARE promises to be a Knight like no other, with the cast of EXCALIBARE bringing the medieval tales to life like you’ve never seen before!