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?'

Lady Madcap – 300th performance – The People – Sunday 13th September 1903

The second edition of “Lady Madcap” at the Prince of Wales’s Theatre was further augmented, on the occasion of the 300th performance, by the introduction of a new song for Mr. Gordon Cleather “The Ladies,” and the famous “La Maxixe,” which is danced with great success by Miss Gabrielle Ray and Miss Craske. Mr. George Edwardes is constantly introducing novelties to keep the piece up to date.


The People – Sunday 13th September 1903

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A Girl on the Stage – Morning Post – Monday 7th May 1906






A Musical Play in Three Acts, founded on “The Little Cherub.”


Mr. George has accustomed the play going public to second editions of his musical comedies which have little left of the originals save the framework, but they have been invariably brought out at the end of long runs when the and dances and incidents which once pleased had become stale through repetition. It is a new departure for him to adopt such methods to a piece which is still at the beginning its career if  judged the usual runs of Mr. Edwardes’s musical pieces, but this is what he has done with “The Little Cherub,” for “A Girl on the Stage” cannot any stretch of imagination be called a new production. The plot, no doubt, has been altered somewhat, and the alteration is a decided improvement. Molly Montrose, the actress, is now really in love with Lord Congress, the Earl of Sanctobury’s son, a new character, who returns her love, and her rather pronounced flirtation with the old Earl has the laudable purpose in view of getting his consent to their marriage. The whole play is made pleasanter in consequence, and even the supper scene in the second act, if still a trifle wearisome and stagey, does not jar as it did in, places the first night. But the plot, everyone knows, is not of prime importance in musical comedies, and most of the scenes and the chief  incidents followed one another on Saturday night very much in the order of their original setting, although a careful discrimination has been used, and where alterations or additions have been made they have been almost invariably improvements.

A dozen new numbers have been added to the score, six of which are from the pen Mr. Ivan Caryll. Three of these occur in the first act, and all were received with favour. The most successful was perhaps one entitled “Rather Nice,” which was sung with great charm by Miss Ruth Vincent, who now plays the part of Molly Montrose. It was followed by a very pleasing dance executed by her with a delicacy and grace which made beautiful the simplest movements. A new duet “Love in a Cottage,” in which she shared honours with another newcomer, Mr. Lionel Mackinder, who plays the part of the newly-discovered son of Lord Sanctobury, was also enthusiastically received. Miss Vincent has not been seen London since she achieved such remarkable success “Veronique” and her reception was of the warmest and most friendly description. A delicacy and refinement of acting made her overtures to the old Earl appear quite charming, and much of the success of the performance Saturday evening must be placed to her credit. Mr. Willie Edonin has not quite warmed to his work as the new Earl of Sanctobury, but all parts grow in his hands, and it may safely be prophesied that he will be the life of the piece far as its comedy concerned before long. He is always particularly good in the little scenes byplay, backwaters the main stream, which he seems to create for himself, and some of these were received on Saturday with the heartiest favour. Many of the old favourites remain, among them Mr. G. Carroll, who was as droll as ever. His dance with Miss Doris Dene was one of the successes of the evening. Miss Zena Dare and that delightful dancer Miss Gabrielle Ray, who has deserted the Gaiety for the Prince of Wales’, made the most of their parts, and Mr. W. H. Berry was excellent as Lord Sanctobury’s valet.

Mr. Edwardes stands alone as regards stage decoration, but has surely beaten his own record the exquisite “Cupid and Pierrot” scone in the third act. He has made a daring experiment building his new piece on “The Little Cherub,” but if may judge its reception on Saturday night will be successful one.

Morning Post – Monday 7th May 1906


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Gabrielle Ray – The Little Cherub – The Tatler – Wednesday 7th February 1906

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Gabrielle Ray – Manchester Evening News – Tuesday 27th April 1920


The Halls


A better programme than the one arranged at the Palace could not be desired. There dainty Miss Gabrielle Ray and her partner Leslie Barker in a very artistic “turn,” Billy Merson is popular and seemingly funnier than ever, St. Juste and Higgins with jest and song, and Graham and Cullen, the Army and Navy “knuts” in cleaver cross talk.


Manchester Evening News – Tuesday 27th April 1920

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Gabrielle Ray – Daily Telegraph – May 1973

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Notable Visitors – Perthshire Advertiser – Saturday 10th July 1920

Notable Visitors.

Among the visitors to Auchterarder and to Gleneagles Golf Course this week were Sir Andrew Fisher, High Commissioner of Australia, and Gabriel Ray, the famous actress.

Mary Pickford also visited the town in the earlier part of the week, when many flocked to see her at “The Picture House” !


Perthshire Advertiser – Saturday 10th July 1920

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Gabrielle Ray (Rotary 733 J)


Gabrielle Ray (J. Beagles 733 J)

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Theatre – A Joy For Ever – Manchester Evening News – Saturday 5th January 1946




From left to right: Patricia Burke, Joan Maude, Zena Dare, Vivien Leigh, and Lily Elsie.


ONE of the easiest ways I know of starting a really warm argument among devoted playgoers is to say something like this, with measured conviction: “Do you remember So-and-so? Quite the most beautiful woman I have seen on the stage.”

For the next five minutes the air will be full of the names of yesterday’s lovelies, each one conjured out of the past by the memory of an admirer, and the same result will always be the same – total disagreement. But one thing will strike you very forcibly, and that is that rarely indeed will any actress of the present generation be put forward as a serious competitor.

The golden age seems to have been the Edwardian, the age of Daly’s and the Gaiety, with the late Victorian a good second and Georgian I and Georgian II a bad third and fourth.

It is, of course, necessary to begin by pointing out that simple physical beauty is all that is at stake. Brains have nothing to do with it. Nora Nitwit has as good a chance as Betty Bluestocking. On the other hand the matter is a good deal complicated by the fact that the most beautiful woman in the world is soon forgotten if she has nothing else to recommend her, and everyone who has the likeness of a lovely woman etched on his memory has been affected by something more than face and form.

They may, of course, have the excuse of that fine old actor, the late Fred Kerr, who had a favourite story he used to tell about a farmer’s dance in Sussex.

He was a young man at the time and he found himself dancing with an extraordinarily pretty girl. She was also a very good dancer. He had no idea who she was, and she had little or nothing to say, but they danced on in a state approaching rapture until the dance ended. Whereupon, with a bewitching smile lighting up her perfect features, she said: “’Ow my shift do stick to my back!”

Is the stage to-day as prodigal of beauty as it was? The answer is obviously in the negative. When the vogue of the big musical show was at its zenith and every stage was littered with young women who were showgirls first and actresses later – if at all – then, perforce, you might see as many beauties in a single evening as you will see now in a season.

Those were the days when Gladys Cooper, Moya Mannering, and Julia James were three of George Edwardes’s “Young Ladies,” when Lily Elsie and Gertie Millar were the toasts of the town; when Marie Studholme was the picture postcard queen when Lily Langtry (the Jersey Lily), Gabrielle Ray, and Ellaline Terriss were at the top and the Dare sisters, Zena and Phyllis, were climbing the first rung.

The odd thing is that so many of the prettiest of them graduated from the musical stage and became accomplished players of “straight” parts, like Miss Cooper.

The postcard age is over, thank goodness, and classical beauty is to-day no passport at all to success. Which is just as it should be. But that does not lessen the appeal when, as still occasionally happens, real talent is accompanied by striking good looks.

If it were necessary to stand up for the moderns – which it isn’t – then I do not remember seeing a lovelier young actress than Joan Maude at the time when she was playing opposite Matheson Lang in “Jew Suss”; it is a pity she has gone over to films. And no doubt the modern equivalent of the “stage door johnnie,” if there is one in these more earnest days, is ready to swear by the vivid beauty of a Vivien Leigh or a Patricia Burke. Not that it matters. “Handsome is ….” But it’s nice when it happens.


Alan Bendle


Manchester Evening News – Saturday 5th January 1946


















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Orchid Favourites (Tuck FG156)

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Gabrielle Ray (British Series Liverpool)

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