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?'

Betty – Daly’s Theatre – 1915

“Betty” Opened at Daly’s Theatre 24th April, 1915 for a run of 391 performances closing 8th April, 1916.

Miss Ray replaced Mable Selby as “Estelle” joining the production on Thursday 29th October 1915

  • Betty – The Times – Tuesday 2nd November 1915

“Miss Gabrielle Ray quickly proved that she has lost none of the attractiveness which made her so popular in the past…. Mr. Lauri de Frece, as “Jotte,” who was most amusing and entertaining, pleased the house immensely.”

“Miss Gabrielle Ray has gained in her art: both her singing and speaking voice has improved in quality. Her rentrée was a real success.”

“The whole production is delightfully gracious and debonair, and there are enough pretty scenes and prettier faces to rout the biggest battalion of war worries that ever besieged even the pessimist.”

“With all the new things put into it “Betty” seems likely to continue its success indefinitely.”


  • Liverpool Echo – Tuesday 23rd March 1915

Royal Court Theatre.

There would seem to be no end to the public appetite for musical comedy. The latest of Mr George Edwardes’s productions is “Betty,” and she is neither better nor worse than her numerous predecessors. The piece, however, provides a welcome relaxation at this time, and there are several old favourites in the cast. Miss Nellie Taylor, in the title role, is particularly charming, and possesses a singularly sweet voice, while she is ably supported by Miss Mary Ridlley and Miss Annie Kelham; The humour is divided between Mr Mark Lester and P.A. Gawthorne gives a perfect representation of a lordly snob.


  • Reading Mercury – Saturday 8th April 1916

 A successful musical comedy

“Betty” is being taken off the boards of Daly’s Theatre after tonight, so those who have not seen this charming and successful musical play should take the opportunity of visiting the Royal County Theatre Reading tonight where George Edwardes’ powerful company is appearing once nightly. “Betty” is not the least worthy of the long series of productions which has been associated with the name of George Edwardes and coming under such auspices success is assured. The play contains many of the features which belong to the modern musical comedy. They are all more or less variations on the same themes. Nevertheless, its central idea is not without a touch of novelty. Betty is charming, almost mid-Victorian, in her retiring and unobtrusiveness amid the gay and frivolous life by which she is surrounded. “The blushing beauties of a modest maid,” however, still have power to captivate and the last incident in a play brimful is the capitulation of the Earl of Beverley, her husband in name though not in fact. Paul Rubens has composed some delightful music, and the play is one of the best that has appeared in Reading.


October 17, 2014 - Posted by | Actress, Betty, Gabrielle Ray, Social History, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , ,


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