The next person in our Shaftesbury Stories series of interviews is Melanie La Barrie, star of Daddy Cool and & Juliet at the Shaftesbury, and all round wonderful human being.
Tell us about your favourite memory of the Shaftesbury Theatre.
All my favourite memories of the Shaftesbury involve Harry [The Night Stage Door Keeper at the Shaftesbury]. The lovely conversations, the great hugs (remember when we could hug!), the things he taught me. His inimitable smile and irrepressible character. Harry and I have laughed at many a joke and teared up at much of history. I have been blessed by him.
You’ve been in two shows at the Shaftesbury – Daddy Cool and & Juliet. What’s it like to come back to a Theatre you’ve worked in before?
It’s like the memories immediately come flooding back. You start looking for all the things you remember. Rooms in particular. I sit with Miriam all the time, part of her room was my dressing room when I was there last. I remember the laughter. I laughed so much at the Shaftesbury. I make such good friends whenever I work there. It’s a magical place for friendship. They last forever when they’re formed at this wondrous place.
Do you have any stories from Stage Door, of the audience’s reaction during a show, that you’d like to tell?
Stage door at the Shaftesbury is always exciting. I remember the paparazzi during Daddy Cool and the fabulous fans of & Juliet. It’s always pretty hard to organise as well, although our guys at stage door do a phenomenal job. But sometimes you’re just looping around the street trying to get to everyone. I don’t mind it so much. It’s kind of like a Carnival atmosphere out there. Even when it rains!
Melanie with & JULIET Cast Members