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?'

The Gaiety Theatre – Sheffield Daily Telegraph – Monday 6th July 1903


 

“The Sacred Lamp” was no doubt carefully packed up for use elsewhere after the farewell performance within the walls of the old Gaiety, which early this morning ended a career brilliantly successful for the most part of 34 years and half. The second act of “The Toreador,” then played for the 675th time, began a stage representation of almost unparalleled interest, and not a little pathos, some of the principal participants therein – Sir Henry Irving, Mr. George Edwardes, Mr. John Hollingshead (whose illustrated souvenir “Good Old Gaiety” was presented to each member of a crowded and most demonstrative audience), Miss Florence St. John, and Mr. E. W. Royce, for example – being perceptibly affected by the unnerving old associations that filled the minds of all players and playgoers of long standing who had the fortune to present.

One could not help thinking of such dead favourites as poor Fred Leslie, E. J. Lonnen, Vaughan, and many more. Ill-health kept away J. L. Toole and Nellie Farren, and other notable absentees from the boards they formerly adorned were Mr. Edward Terry, Mr. Arthur Roberts, and Miss Connie Gilchrist (the Countess of Orkney). Sir Henry tried to turn lightly from the past to the future in his speech near the close of the performance, and Mr. Edwardes’s few words of thanks were full of hope and confidence respecting the new Gaiety. It was nearly 12.30 when “Auld Lang Syne” was sung by Miss St. John, with full chorus, and the audience reluctantly left the theatre, stripping off as “last memories” the flowers and festoons with which it had been decorated.

Sheffield Daily Telegraph – Monday 6th July 1903

 

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