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NEWS: Stars including Sharon D Clarke, Dame Judi Dench & Chita Rivera will honour Stage Door Keeper Harry Gabriel’s 40-year career with online charity concert

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Stars including Sharon D Clarke, Dame Judi Dench & Chita Rivera will honour Stage Door Keeper Harry Gabriel’s 40-year career with an online charity concert.

Entitled Hello Harry! – A Celebration of 40 Years at Stage Door the online Concert will be hosted by Giles Terera and the Shaftesbury Theatre.

Harry Gabriel is a West End legend. He was awarded an inaugural Olivier Be Inspired Award, having been nominated by friends and family for his commitment to inspiring others through his love of theatre in his personal and professional life. Harry started working at the Shaftesbury in 1980 for the Front of House department, becoming Stage Door Keeper a few years later. He is currently the night Stage Door Keeper and is the first face seen by every performer and staff member coming into the building.

Harry Gabriel has worked at the Shaftesbury Theatre for 40 years this year, and performers from across the West End and beyond are coming together to celebrate his incredible career. The concert looks back to the first show of 1980, Hello Dolly! and all the way to & Juliet in the present day. While Harry has worked at the Shaftesbury, the Theatre has hosted shows including M Butterfly (with Anthony Hopkins, 1989), Kiss of the Spiderwoman (with Chita Rivera, 1992-93), Carousel (with Clive Rowe, 1993), Definite Article (Eddie Izzard, 1995), 125th Street (with Giles Terera, 2002), Hairspray (with Sharon D Clarke, 2007-10), Memphis (with Beverley Knight, 2014).

Working with the Shaftesbury Theatre, Giles Terera has put together an eclectic and exciting guest list of performers, who are all connected to Harry and to the Shaftesbury.

They are Alexia Khadime, Anthony Hopkins, Amanda Holden, Arun Blair-Mangat, Beverley Knight, Brenda Edwards, Cassidy Janson, Cedric Neil, Chita Rivera, Clarke Peters, Clive Rowe, David Bedella, Eddie Izzard, Imelda Staunton, Jason Pennycooke, Jon Robyns, Jordan Luke Gage, Dame Judi Dench, Melanie La Barrie Miriam-Teak Lee, Oliver Tompsett, Rachel John, Sharon D Clarke, Sifiso Mazibuko, Tim Mahendran, Tyrone Huntley and The West End Gospel Choir.

The online concert will feature songs and stories from the last 40 years of shows that have been staged at the Shaftesbury Theatre. It is a celebration not just of Harry and the thousands of lives he has touched over the years, but also of the history of the Shaftesbury Theatre and its role in the West End.

The concert will be streamed for free on YouTube on the 15th July at 7:30pm and will remain online. There will be a link to make a donation to charities which have been chosen by Harry and Giles – Cancer Research UK, Black Lives Matter and The Black Curriculum.

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