Gabrielle Ray

'Gabrielle Ray said, 'I am always dancing; I love it! When I don't dance, I sing. What else is there to do?'

Flying Colours – The Times – 1916

Flying Colours - The Times - Friday 8th September 1916

Changes at the Theatre

Mr. Fredric Harrison announces that he is unable to produce Mr. Jubilee Drax at the Haymarket next Tuesday as he hoped. The date of production will be fixed shortly.

To avoid clashing with the new Gaiety production, Messers. Vedrenne and Eadie have altered the date of the first performance of The Hawk at the Royalty from Saturday, September 16 to Friday, September 15.

The new Hippodrome revue, Flying Colours, will be produced next Thursday.

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Flying Colours – Aberdeen Journal – 1916

Flying Colours - Aberdeen Journal - Monday 18th September 1916

A Comedy of the Trenches.

At last we have a Revue that will appeal to the artistic, “Flying Colours,” the new Hippodrome production, is something more than an amusing entertainment. There is none of the riotous noise associated with revue, and what fun there is is clean and healthy. Brainsfatherland is all too short a scene of trench life by Captain Bruce Brainsfather and Mr Macdonald Hastings. This attempt to depict an actual scene of trench warfare at Christmas time is a gem. Even in the tragedy of war humour is to be found, and our mud-stained Tommies, indifferent to shell, and their peculiar trench language, makes one forget the horror of the tragedy. Old Bill in Johnson ‘Ole is a real Cockney, and Mr John Humphries interprets the character to perfection. Interesting from an art point of view is the Dancing Carnival which, in seven tableaux, sketches and evolution of the dance. Beautiful and instructive, it is an education to witness. Another scene of gorgeous and brilliant colour is the Spanish fantasy. Little Tich, Gabrielle Ray Cox, and a number of stars support the entertainment. The music is less tuneful than we expect at the Hippodrome, but the dancing of Mme. Rianza, Miss DeRomano, the Purcella Brothers, and a well-trained host of lesser known exponents of the art, makes up for any lack of haunting melody.


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Flying Colours – 1916

The London Hippodrome revue Flying Colours was produced on 16th September 1916 and ran for 203 performances. (The provisional date was set for 9th September 1916). With a book and lyrics by Albert de Courville and Wal Pink and music by William F. Peters the piece was staged by William J. Wilson and produced by Albert de Courville. The cast included Little Tich, Dorothy Ward, Ray Cox, Gabrielle Ray, Bertram Wallis, Charles Berkeley, John Humphries, Melville Gideon, The Famous Hippodrome Beauty Chorus and The Hippodrome Babies.

Flying Colours at the Hippodrome. The Hippodrome management has made a change in its chief comedian. In place of Mr. Harry Tate there comes Little Tich, figuring in a variety of disguises – now a jockey, now a toreador, now a Spanish dame – with plenty of occasions for drollery. Spain has its share in the scenario and a very beautiful background against which Mr. Bertram Wallis sings a ballad in his best style. A dancing carnival provides an even more picturesque spectacle, though for popularity it will be run close by a most humorous and realistic trench-sketch, invented by Captain Bairnsfather and Mr. Macdonald Hastings, and produced quite in the spirit of the soldier-artist’s famous drawings. For the rest, we get an all-too-brief glimpse of Miss Gabrielle Ray, and some spirited dancing from Netta Rianza.’
(The Illustrated London News, Saturday 22 September 1916, p.272c)

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