WEST END BARES Raises More Than £35, 000

By: Sep. 05, 2011

Stars of stage and screen descended on London's legendary Cafe de Paris last night, for a bold fundraising event, which saw hot performers get their kit off for charity.

Hosted by TVs top fashion guru, Gok Wan - famous for his expert styling in dressing ordinary people up as well as making them look good naked - the event, West End Bares, involved around 100 of theatreland's finest.

The unique production combined the naughtiness of burlesque with the razzle dazzle of the West End and was billed "a night of fun, flesh and fashion".

Around 1,000 people turned out for the performance and party, in aid of West End-based charity, The Make A Difference Trust; estimated to have already raised in excess of £35, 000 from the event.

The Trust funds projects to tackle poverty and ill-health in the UK and Africa, as well as providing hardship help to industry members who've fallen on hard times due to sickness.

Stage stars from a variety of hit West End productions, including Amanda Holden, Michael Crawford, David Tennant, Catherine Tate, Richard Blackwood, Kara Tointon, and Natalie Casey, have all signed unique pieces of underwear memorabilia, which were paraded on the catwalk at last night's event.
The one-off customised pairs of boxer shorts have been recreated by each show's expert wardrobe team, from the The Wizard of Oz to Shrek - The Musical, in the style of their own performance.
These must-have theatre mementos are being auctioned on E-Bay from midday tomorrow, for ten days, raising vital further funds for the Trust's work. Anyone who wants to bid can just search for ‘West End Bares' from E-Bay's homepage.

Last night's extravaganza was co-hosted by TV and stage star; Sheridan Smith and an array of other celebrity guests rallied to offer their support, including Paul O'Grady, Matt Evers and Chloe Madeley.



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