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?'

Bessie Ray – Little Red Riding Hood – The Referee – Sunday 13th January 1895

DRAMATIC & MUSICAL GOSSIP.

After “coining money” at Richmond with “Little Red Biding Hood,” Mr. George B. Phillips has shifted that pantomime and his capitally organised company to the Lyric Hall, Ealing, where it is likely to attract and delight large audiences until Saturday next. The panto, written by Victor Stevens, is one of the brightest this Christmas season has brought forth. The libretto sparkles with wit; the music and songs are of the order A1; the scenery, by E. G. Banks, is picturesque; the costumes are pleasing to the eye, and every member of “the crowd” is well up to his or her work. At the head of the favourites stands Miss Lottie Brooks, whose Red Biding Hood is positively captivating. Miss Hettie Peel makes a fine “principal boy” as Prince Amoroso, and brings down the house with her song, “Best friends of all.” The house has been roaring since Monday at Mr. Benson’s serpentine dance, and everybody has been delighted with Little Bessie Ray as Cupid. The Three Rennies score well with their grotesque and agile antics. My happiness while sitting out “Little Red Riding Hood” was marred only by the coldness of the hall. The proprietor will be wise if he makes haste to prevent his patrons from shivering.

The Referee – Sunday 13thJanuary 1895

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Bessie Ray – Casino Girl – Music Hall and Theatre Review – Friday 26th July 1901

MR. BEN GREET’S “Casino Girl” Company is meeting with a hearty welcome on tour. Four of the principal performers, Miss Isa Bowman, who plays the title role, Mr. Joseph Wilson, Mr. Max Copland, and Little Ganty, have recently been appearing with success on the London music halls, and they, in conjunction with a sweetly pretty little lady who used to be known as Miss Bessie Ray, but who has now adopted the Christian name of Gabrielle, form the nucleus of a very strong company. The production is beautifully dressed by Messrs. Rayne.

Music Hall and Theatre Review – Friday 26th July 1901

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The Girl from Kay’s – The Referee – Sunday 13th September 1903

 

The Apollo Theatre was crowded on Wednesday evening to welcome a second edition and the three-hundredth representation of

“The Girl from Kay’s.”

The girl is a pretty girl and a nice girl. True, she is a bit artful, but – as the chief victim of her fascinations, the vulgar Mr. Hoggenheimer, would say – her art is in the right place. The alterations that have been made in the piece since its original production are decided improvements, but only those who have seen the performance repeatedly will easily detect where they come in. Here is proof positive of the fact that the management attaches proper value to the wisdom of the policy of letting well alone. Certainly, with a second edition, the many admirers of Miss Letty Lind might have looked for some additional opportunities for the exercise of her ability, but they had to cry content with Letty’s new song, “The Penny ‘Bus,” and to find their enjoyment in her dainty and delightful dancing. The place first filled by Miss Ethel Irving as Winnie Harborough has for some time been taken by Miss Millie Legarde, who is winsome and charming in every scene in which she has a share. On Wednesday she fairly brought down the house with “The Customers at Kay’s,” in which she was encored some five or six times. Miss Kate Cutler’s impersonation of the wilful little wife of Harry Gordon is as fascinating as ever, and poor Harry, who has to mourn because “everybody seems to he enjoying my honeymoon more than I am,” continues to find in Mr. Louis Bradfield a sprightly representative. One of the brightest and cleverest of the late comers to the company is pretty Miss Gabrielle Ray. Her coon song, “Smiling Sambo,” with dance to follow, is keenly appreciated by all patrons of the Apollo. Mr. Willie Edouin in his droll portraiture of Max Hoggenheimer has introduced a few up-to-date topical “wheezes,” but it is not easy to indicate how be could improve upon his original impersonation. Mr. Fred Emney’s hotel porter and Mr. W. Chessman’s Theodore Quench, K.C., are still popular features of the production.

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 The great success which has attended “The Girl from Kay’s” at the Apollo seems likely to attend that piece when played on tour by the two companies just formed for the purpose by Mr. George Dance – that is, if the merit displayed by the company which made its first appearance at the Kennington on Monday counts for anything. The performance was received with rapture throughout, and the honours of this happy result may fairly be divided between the author and the players – with, of course, a modicum of praise to the lyrists and composers concerned. If acting be, as some hold, merely

The Art of Mimicry Writ Large,

then assuredly Mr. H. C. Barry, who played Hoggenheimer at Kennington, may be said to score in a double sense. I have long known Mr. Barry to be a good comedian on his own, but it this case he is Edouin to the very eyebrow. Indeed, he was even more like Willie than the charming Lydia Flopp, so cleverly played Sister Letty Lind’s character, was like Letty. As Winnie Harborough Miss Simeta Marsden (an old favourite at Kennington) made an unmistakable hit.

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 It may be remembered that in the original production mans of the Kay Girls bore the names of Bishops. Some of these names were subsequently altered. The military names allotted to the other girls were retained. I think, however, that while such  “general” names as French, Powell, Methuen, Roberts, and so on might remain, the author should remove the name of a brave soldier who recently died under very painful circumstances.

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The above-mentioned “Girl from Kay’s” company will to-morrow start a week at the King’s, Hammersmith.

 

The Referee – Sunday 13th September 1903

 

The Girl from Kay’s

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Gabrielle Ray (J. Beagles 493 U)

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Amy Webster (Tuck 4486)

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Gabrielle Ray (Shenly 178 x)

 

Gabrielle Ray (Shenley P.S.178)

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Gabrielle Ray (Aristophot AE 6479)

Gabrielle Ray (Aristophot E 2058)

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Gabrielle Ray – Alexandra Rose Day – Bournemouth Graphic – Friday 11th June 1920

 

Alexandra Rose Day.

 

Miss Gabrielle Ray, one of our most beautiful queens of musical comedy, and the star attraction at Boscombe Hippodrome this week has generously consented to assist in the special effort being made in Bournemouth tomorrow on behalf of Alexandra Rose Day. Miss Ray will sell roses both at Branksome Towers Hotel and at Westbourne Arcade.

Although we have reached practically the eleventh hour, there is still need for an additional number of ladies to act as collectors, and the Committee will be grateful for any offer made even at the last moment.

 

Bournemouth Graphic – Friday 11th June 1920

 

 

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Gabrielle Ray – Boscombe Hippodrome – Bournemouth Graphic – Friday 4th June 1920

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Gabrielle Ray – Boscombe Hippodrome – Bournemouth Graphic – Friday 11th June 1920

Boscombe Hippodrome.

 

The last word in dainty artistry is to be seen at Boscombe Hippodrome this week where Miss Gabriel Ray, the famous beautiful London musical comedy star, is the principal figure in a series of most delightful scenes.

In costumes, in settings, in general scenic effects and in song and dance, the lover of the artistic is made spellbound by the exquisite harmony that prevails. Assisted by Mr. Leslie Barker, Miss Ray first submits a delightful offering, “ Pierrot and Pierrette,”  which is succeeded by a charming early Victorian scene, in which she is assisted by eight little maidens, all attired in costumes of that period, the whole making a most beautiful colour scheme. “Jack o’ Jingles” is the final act presented by Miss Ray, in which her powers of fascination are equally irresistible.

A strong variety bill supports the “star” attraction. Takio gives wonderful imitations of sounds of wild animals, birds, etc., in conjunction with his interesting film introducing the various animals dealt with.

The Werds Bros. area pair of comedy acrobats who introduce a number of sensational falls with a running show of pantomime. Dusty Rhodes is a man of comedy with an operatic voice, Ernie Ream in story and song is decidedly popular with his “Baby Grand,” and Adams and Lee open the programme with a skilful display of juggling.

Bournemouth Graphic – Friday 11th June 1920

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