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 – 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)

September 1, 2014 - Posted by | Actress, Biography, Flying Colours, Gabrielle Ray, Social History, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , ,


  1. […] London Hippodrome revue Flying Colours was produced on 16th September 1916 and ran for 203 performances until Saturday 13th January […]

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  2. Congratulations on your researches regarding “Flying Colours.” I have just put together a CD album for myself and fellow enthusiasts with all the music from the show, complete as recorded by Columbia. Not as many recordings as I would like – only 8 tracks, but better than nothing – and by the time they recorded parts of the show, Dorothy Ward had replaced Ray Cox. I have made an A5 facsimile copy of the Hippodrome Theatre programme which is attractive and useful, together with the Stage and Era newspaper first night reports. If this material appeals to you, just let me know and I’ll send you a copy.

    Comment by Dominic C. H. Combe | October 31, 2015 | Reply

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