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Bare - Union Theatre

Michael Vinsen, Ross William Wild and Lilly-Jane Young. Photo credit: Claire Bilyard.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE CULT rock musical Bare receives its European premiere at the Union Theatre, where it runs from April 30 (previews from April 24) to May 25, 2013.

Bare follows a group of teens wrestling with issues of identity, sexuality, and religion at a co-ed Catholic boarding school.

Described as provocative, raw, and unyielding in its exploration of how today’s generation navigates the tightrope between adolescence and adulthood, Bare examines the consequences of baring a soul – or hiding it from those who matter most.

Bare has book by John Hartmere and Damon Intrabartolo, music by Damon Intrabartolo and lyrics by John Hartmere.

Paul Taylor-Mills directs a cast that includes Natalie Chua, Jordan Lee Davies, Dale Evans, Melanie Greaney, Matt Harrop, Fia Houston-Hamilton, Dan Krikler, Hannah Levane, Liam Ross-Mills, Michael Vinsen, Ross William Wild, Rosanna Yeo, Lilly-Jane Young and Dean John Wilson.

Director Paul Taylor-Mills’ previous work at the Union Theatre includes The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Off West End nomination for Best Director) and Steel Pier (6 Off West End Nominations and a WhatsOnStage nomination for Best Off West End Production).

Elsewhere, his credits include Little Shop of Horrors, White Bear Theatre (nominated for four Off West End Awards, including Best Director); A Clockwork Orange and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Lost Theatre; the European premiere of My Big Gay Italian Wedding, sold-out seasons Above The Stag Theatre, C Venues, Edinburgh, and Greenwich Theatre; and Rent, Greenwich Theatre (Winner of Best Regional Production at The BroadwayWorld Awards).

Produced by Kylie Vilcins, Bare is choreographed by Racky Plews, has musical direction by Huw Evans and is designed by David Shields.

Bare has thrilled and moved audiences around the world in over 100 productions since its first staging in Los Angeles in 2000. Now, its European premiere comes courtesy of the award-winning creative team behind the sell-out production of Steel Pier at the Union Theatre and Rent at Greenwich Theatre.

Tickets: £19 – £20. First week all seats £17.50. Available from the box office on 020 7261 9876 or online at

Time: Tuesday to Sunday at 7.30pm (no shows Mondays).