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?'

Amy Webster – Daily Telegraph & Courier (London) – Saturday 27th March 1909

Before the PRESIDENT.



Lieutenant Owain Edward Greaves, an officer the 3rd Hussars, asked for a divorce from his wife Mrs. Amy Greaves, on account her misconduct with Mr. Eric Loder and Mr. George Jervis Wood. The case stood in the official list one which was be heard his lordship with a special jury, but when came for trial it was undefended.

Mr. Rufus Isaacs, K.C., Mr. Barnard. K.C. and Mr. J. Harvey Murphy (instructed by Messers, Lewis and Lewis) appeared for Lieutenant Greaves, Mr. F. E. Smith, K.C., Mr. Walter Frampton, Mr. Barrington Ward (instructed by Messers, Arthur Newton and Co.) represented Mrs. Greaves, while Sir Edward Carson, K. C., and Mr. Willock (instructed by Messers. Mackrell and Ward) were for Mr. Wood. Mr. Eric Loder, the other respondent was not represented by counsel.

In opening the case, Mr. Rufus Iassacs said that the petition was presented Mr. Owain Edward Greaves, a lieutenant in the 3rd Hussars, against his wife, who was a Miss Amy Webster, who was on the Stage. They were married in March, 1906, and some nine or ten months afterwards Lieutenant Greaves went with his regiment to India. Subsequently it was found that the lady had been staying at hotels at Worthing and Brighton, first with Mr. Eric and then with Mr. Wood.

Lieutenant Greaves, replying to Mr. Isaacs, said he first became acquainted with Miss Amy Webster about August, 1905. She was then on the stage. On March 15, 1906, they were married the Fulham Registry Office. For some time Mrs. Greaves occupied a flat at Twyford mansions, which was provided by witness. The marriage was kept secret, because witness was in difficulty about announcing it, having regard to the position he occupied in his regiment. Subsequently he exchanged into the 3rd Hussars, and went to India, provision being made for his wife while he was absent. During the time he was away they corresponded regularly, and in affectionate terms.

Mr. George H. Warne, proprietor of Warne’s Hotel, Worthing, said that in September, 1907, a lady and gentleman stayed there under name of Mr. and Mrs. Forsyth. They occupied communicating rooms. Emily Francis, who was chambermaid at Warne’s Hotel, said she had identified the lady who stayed the hotel under name of Mrs. Forsyth as the respondent in that suit.

Gilbert E. Smith, a chauffeur, stated that had seen Mr. Eric Loder at Worthing, and had driven that gentlemen and a lady on several occasions. Witness identified the lady as Mrs. Greaves, who was sitting next to her solicitor.

Mary Robertson, chambermaid the Hotel Metropole, Brighton, was then called. She remembered Mr. Wood staying at the hotel with a lady. They occupied communicating rooms.

At this stage Sir Edward Carson said did not propose to ask any questions on behalf of his client, Mr. Wood.

Mr. Smith also said did not propose to ask any questions.

Mr. Percy Hill, assistant manager of the Hotel Metropole, Brighton, said knew Mr. Wood and also the respondent. They had been guests at the hotel on several occasions.

The President: Very well, there must be a decree.

Sir Edward Canon asked that there should be no order as to costs against the co-respondents; there was no allegation that it was known that respondent was married woman.

The President made no order as to costs.

Mr. Isaacs: I think your lordship ought to know that some provision had been made for the wife, and also with reference the furniture of the flat she occupies.


The Daily Telegraph & Courier (London) – Saturday 27th March 1909


Mr George H. Warne, the proprietor of Warne’s Hotel, Worthing, said that in September, 1907, a man and woman stayed at his hotel as Mr and Mrs Forsyth. They occupied rooms 26 and 27, which consisted of a  double-bedded room and dressing-room communicating.

Emily France, a chambermaid at Warne’s Hotel, stated that she found a breakfast tray for two in room 26. .She subsequently identified the lady who accompanied Mr Loder as the respondent, Mrs Greaves.


The Shields Daily News – Saturday 27th March 1909


Eric Loder – Yorkshire Evening Post – 1909

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The Orchid – Theatre Advert – 1904

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The Merry Widow – The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News – 6th March 1909

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Gladys Ray – Aladdin – The Era – Saturday 29th December 1906

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Gladys Ray – Aladdin – The Sporting Life – Tuesday 25th December 1906





One could hardly realise that he was witnessing the first performance of the pantomime at the Crystal Palace yesterday, so well did those engaged fall into their various parts. This year “Aladdin” has been chosen by Mr J. Bannister Howard as the subject, and with the assistance of Mr Fred Bowyer to furnish the book and lyrics, a very entertaining piece is the result. The story runs upon the old, old lines which have been so familiar for years.

From the first scene – there are a dozen in all – to the last, all are exceedingly pretty. Many clever changes take place, all being smartly managed. Of course, the cave is about the best, though the Throne Room in the Emperor’s Palace runs it close for effect. Quite up-to-date too are some of the ideas introduced, for in one scene the career of a motor car is shown by means of the cinematograph.

To Miss Lillie Lassah is entrusted the port of Aladdin and as she is possessed of a fine voice and the ability to dance, one could hardly wish for a better interpreter of the part. As the Princess, another clever principal is found in Miss Lily Gullick, who also sings and dances well. The comedians evidently intend that the piece shall not lack in fun. As Abanazar, Mr Arthur Poole has a fine part, in which he brings out all the points possible, his by-play and gag being especially good. Mr A. E. Passmore, in the character of Widow Twankey, revels in his part, and two splendid artists of the knock-about order are the Brothers Onda. Their performance on the horizontal bar stamps them gymnasts of no mean order. Other parts are in the hands of Miss Nellie Barnwell (Pekoe), Miss Gladys Ray (Petti-Sing), Mr Prank Weir (Wishee-Washee), Mr E. Oxlee (Emperor), while several excellent glees are rendered by the XL Quartette.

Sporting Life – Tuesday 25th December 1906


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Gabrielle Ray (J. Beagles G 665 A)

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Gabrielle Ray (Cigarette card No 16)

The Little Cherub (Rotary 2008 Y)

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The Gaiety Theatre – The Illustrated London News – 2nd January 1869

The Gaiety Theatre, Strand.

The successful opening of the new Gaiety Theatre, on Monday week, has been reported in our dramatic chronicle. This theatre, as our London readers know, has been built under the superintendence of Mr. C. J. Phipps, architect, on the site of the Strand Music-Hall and of some adjoining properties, which give it a frontage on the Strand, Exeter-street, Catherine-street, and Wellington-street. The Strand front of the music-hall remains almost as formerly. A few modifications, however, have necessarily been made on the ground story by the formation of the approach to the stalls and boxes of the theatre. The rooms over this entrance and the new building along the Strand and Catherine-street will form a restaurant, entirely distinct from the theatre, but with a corridor of access from every tier of the theatre. The entrance in the Strand leads by a few steps to the level of the stalls, and by a spacious staircase to the balcony or grand tier and the upper boxes. Another entrance, also on this level, is in Exeter-street, on the other side of the stalls, which, though designed specially as a private entrance for the Royal family, is available as an exit-way case of sudden panic, there being a stone staircase from the entrance to the highest floor of the theatre, with communication on every level. There is also a corridor running under the back of the pit, solely for the use of the stalls’ occupants, so as to get from side to side without crossing the audience. The entrances to pit and gallery are in Catherine-street, and the stage entrance is in Wellington-street. The auditorium includes a balcony, the front forming a semicircle of 24ft., opening out by arms of a contrary flexure a width of 43ft. to the proscenium column. Behind this is a tier of private boxes, as at the Adelphi, upper boxes, and a gallery above. The columns supporting the various tiers are carried up to a sufficient height above the gallery, and from the cap spring a series of pointed arches, supporting cornice and coved ceiling. The proscenium pillars are all of stone. The dimensions of the interior are – 54 ft. height from centre of pit to ceiling; 45 ft. depth from curtain to front of upper circle, and 36 ft. from curtain to front of balcony tier; 30 ft. width of proscenium; 41 ft. depth of stage, and 64 ft. width of stage between walls. There is room to seat 2000 persons. The floors of the boxes and corridors are of concrete upon iron joists. The stage has been constructed Mr. G. R. Tasker, clerk of the works. There is depth of some 20 ft. under it for sinking large scenes, and a height above of 50 ft. All the departments of the stage are very complete. There is a convenient green-room, and the dressing-rooms appear to be sufficiently numerous. The coloured decorations have been executed by Mr. George Gordon, who has also painted the act-drop, which a framed view of a palace on the Grand Canal, Venice. A noticeable feature of the decoration is the frieze over the proscenium, painted by Mr. H. S. Marks, 30 ft. long by ft. 6 in. deep. It represents a King and Queen of mediaeval times, with surrounding courtiers, watching mask which is being performed before them. On each side of this frieze, over the proscenium boxes, are lunettes in the arches – the one on the left represents lyric and the other epic poetry -designed by the same artist.

The Illustrated London News – Saturday 2nd January 1869


The Theatre of Enchantment

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Gabrielle Ray – the Lord Mayor’s Cripples’ Fund – Herts. & Cambs Reporter and Royston Crow – Friday 8th March 1907

The Lord Mayor’s Cripples’ Fund

There was plenty of fun at Drury Lane on the occasion of the matinee for the benefit of the Lord Mayor’s Cripples’ Fund. The histrionic talent of London combined to produce a fine entertainment – one of that rare kind in which even the smallest part is taken by a master of the art. The principal plum in the pudding was Mr. E. T. Reed’s representation of “A Prehistoric Lord Mayor’s Show.” The distinguished Punch artist’s pictures looked all the more comic for being acted, many well-known scenes being represented. Here we saw the real old red sandstone Highlanders, the fire brigade of the Stone Age, and so on. Preceded by prehistoric Aldermen came the Lord Mayor of the year 10,000 B.C. – and Mr. C. H . Workman tried to look gracious while his coachman, Mr. W. H. Berry, made desperate attempts to be dignified – in skins. Before all galloped the startling figure of Mr. George Growssmith, junr., on a wonderful palaeolithic charger, which had, no doubt, been specially dug up for the occasion. Miss Jean Aylwin cut a fine figure as the Lady Mayoress, and could not but be flattered at having such a charming prototype in the journalist who reported the prehistoric show, represented by Miss Adrienne Augarde. Among other stars in the cast were Miss Louie Pounds and Miss Billie Burke. Other tit-bits in the programme were Mr. Beerbohm Tree and company in “The Man Who Was,” the second act of “The Beauty and the Barge,” by Mr. Cyril Maude, and a dance by Mdlle. Genee, Miss Gabrielle Ray, and Mr. W. Warde. Among the stars which shone brightly were also Mr. Lewis Waller, Mr. H. B. Irving, and Mr. Ben Davis. With such a galaxy of talent no wonder the house was full.

Herts. & Cambs Reporter and Royston Crow – Friday 8th March 1907


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Gabrielle Ray – The Merry Widow – The Daily Telegraph – Monday 9th September 1907


 “The Merry Widow” has more than fulfilled the promise of her first appearance; dainty, winsome and graceful, she has captured the hearts of the play-going public. Crowded houses at Daly’s attest her popularity, which seems only to increase with every performance. But Mr. George Edwardes has a particularly large-handed way with his patrons; even when the measure appears to be full, he is intent upon adding to its contents. In this spirit, although visitors to Daly’s are already abundantly satisfied with the fare offered them, Mr. Edwardes introduced on Saturday night a delightful little novelty, which served materially to enhance the pleasure of the evening. It also secured the presence in the cast of Miss Gabrielle Ray, in the role of the much-talked-about Frou Frou. Two chances she afforded of distinguishing herself, and of both she makes the very best use. In the second act Miss Ray appears with Mr. W. H. Berry in a duet, entitled “Little Simpleton,” which is rounded off in unorthodox fashion by a dance. Miss Ray’s success was as emphatic as it was instantaneous. Anything more easy, more refined, or more fascinating than her movements could not be imagined. In her style there were touches that recalled those distant days when Kate Vaughan, young, lithe, exquisite, took the town by storm, moving the Gaiety “boys” to a frantic exhibition of enthusiasm. Her successor belongs, of course, to a more modern school, a school which, if we may so express ourselves, has just the merest suspicion of the gymnasium about it. How attractive it is, however, everyone knows. In thy third set of “The Merry Widow” Miss Ray has another “song and dance,” hardly so effective perhaps as the first one, but in this too she is seen to marked advantage. The applause showered upon the newcomer on both occasions showed how thoroughly the audience appreciated Mr. Edwardes’s latest happy thought. For the rest, if there is anything more refreshingly comic or inconsequentially droll than Mr. George Graves’s portrait the fatuous Baron Popoff we should be glad to learn of it. Nor does Mr. Graves stand alone, for to the feast of merriment Mr. W. H. Berry, Mr. Lennox Pawle, Mr. Fred Kaye, and Mr. William Spray contribute their full share. In the momentary absence of Miss Lily Elsie the title-part in “The Merry Widow” is now entrusted to Miss Gertrude Lester, the possessor of an exceptionally sympathetic and powerful voice and of acting talents of no mean order. Nor must the valuable assistance given by Mr. Robert Evett as Jolidon and by Mr. Joseph Coyne as Prince Danilo be forgotten.


The Daily Telegraph – Monday 9th September 1907


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