WEST END BARES, the hottest theatrical fundraiser of the year, that benefits the Make A Difference Trust, is back once again for 2017 with two shows on Sunday 29 October at 7.00pm and 9.30pm. You’ll find this year’s show in the beautiful Novello Theatre in the heart of the West End. Venturing into the land of OZ for this year’s performances, Ruby Strippers, promises to be full of fun and naughtiness. Going from strength to strength every year, there really is no place like Bares! Collaborating once again with the West End Bares team ahead of the show next weekend, we got some of this year’s stars in for a photo shoot and answering some questions all about this year’s offerings and what we can expect.



Anton Fosh for CAJ by Nick Andrews





At twenty-nine years old Anton is no stranger to the west end stage and is currently in rehearsals for the new production of Elf the Musical. This will be his first time taking part in West End Bares and his first time baring all on stage. “I’ve never been part of West End Bares before but have known about it for many years. I think it is a fantastic idea and one that should keep on growing”, says Anton. Taking time out of his busy schedule of rehearsals and quick breakfast smoothies, Anton gave us all the insight into what he’ll be doing in the show and what makes him want to be part of the show for the first time this year.




Anton Fosh for CAJ by Nick AndrewsSo talk us through a typical day in the life for you right now?

Right now I’m in rehearsals for a new show I’m starting, Elf The Musical. A typical day consists of rising early, quick breakfast smoothie and out the door to rehearsals. I like the slightly more regular structure that rehearsals brings though, i.e 9-5.


So for those of us who don’t know, start by telling us a little about West End Bares and what does it mean to you?

I’ve never been part of West End Bares before but have known about it for many years. I think it is a fantastic idea and one that should keep on growing. We are getting closer and closer to an AIDS free generation and the work that MAD Trust does is vital towards this goal. I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of that.


So what made you want to be part of the West End Bares experience?

A chance to get together with friends, do something outside of my comfort zone, be on stage and raise money throughout all of it. 4 boxes ticked!


As a performer there are obviously times when you have to show off your body, is that something that feels natural to you or are you nervous to bare all on stage?

I have never bared all on stage before so there is definitely an aspect of nerves there. However, we are all in this together so it makes me feel like it will be more fun rather than something to be nervous about.


Have you been doing anything special to prepare for the show?

Haven’t eaten for 3 months.

Oh and I’ve been working out a lot more than normal which has got to be a good thing.


Have you been involved in anything like West End Bares before and what was that like?

I have been involved in (the sadly discontinued) West End Eurovision 3 times. It really was one of the highlights of my year and the atmosphere was out of this world.


Anton Fosh for CAJ by Nick AndrewsCan you tell us anything about your performance(s) in the show? Anything you can share about the numbers you’re involved in?

All will be ‘revealed’.


What excites you most about being part of the bares experience?

If it’s anything like the West End Eurovision experiences, it will be an atmosphere unlike any other. Team that up with naked bodies, loud music, sexy choreography and beautiful lighting, there really is a lot to get me excited.


Why should people come see the show, apart from helping such a great cause?

There is nothing else like it around. Whether musical theatre is your thing or not, you have an opportunity to involve yourself in an event that is one off, not replicated, not released as a charity DVD…this is it, one night and I wouldn’t want to miss that.



Quick Fire Questions with Anton…

Before the show I will be…drinking water like it’s going out of style.


The last time I got naked was…that one night in Sitges we don’t talk about.


My favourite performance I’ve been involved in was…Carousel at the Arcola Theatre.


My favourite body part is…that little dent in the top of your shoulder.


I became a performer because…I never thought about anything else.


My favourite dance move is…the shimmy.


Something people don’t know about me is…I can’t answer this, then everyone will know.


My guilty pleasure is…Lindt Dark Chocolate with A Touch Of Sea Salt and Britney Spears.


I’m inspired by…Steve Jobs and Britney Spears.


Right now I feel…like Britney Spears on a good day.




Anton Fosh and Filippo Coffano for CAJ by Nick AndrewsModel/ Performer: Anton Fosh


Photographer:  Nick Andrews

InstagramNicholas Andrews Photography

 Creative Direction/ Production: Craig Andrew James


Male Grooming: Katie Louise



All underwear supplied by 2xist (https://www.2xist.com)


You can get details of the show here: https://www.madtrust.org.uk/events/west-end-bares/ and book your tickets to see one of the West End’s most exciting and fun nights. Lions and tigers and bares! Oh my!