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 Merry Widow – Hull Daily Mail – Monday 2nd August 1909

“Merry Widow” Waltz:

Seven Encores.

 “The Merry Widow” made her last bow to a London audience at Daly’s Theatre on Saturday night, and thousands of her admirers tried to be present at her good-bye performance. A few hundreds succeeded.

The first enthusiast arrived at half-past five the morning, and settled down to wait for fourteen hours and a half.

The theatre was gaily decorated without and within with flags and flowers. The whole place seemed to be smothered in roses, and inscribed with flowers over the proscenium arch was Juliet’s phrase, “Parting is such sweet sorrow.”

The afternoon performance was given to a packed house, but the best enthusiasm was kept for the evening. For days reserved seats had been at a premium, and all were sold. Fabulous sums were offered for all the standing room, but the regulations as to keeping gangways clear are relentless, even on such occasion.

The final burst of enthusiasm began with the arrival of the orchestra, and increased in intensity during the evening. Everything was encored, says the “Daly Graphic.” Most things were wanted more than once; everyone was cheered, but Miss Lily Elsie and Mr Joseph Coyne had more cheers than any other two players to divide between them. They had to go through the famous “Merry Widow” waltz seven times before the audience reluctantly consented to allow the piece to proceed, and the flowers handed up the people’s favourites were in quantities sufficient to stock half the florists in the West End.

The curtain rose again after the end of the play to disclose the whole of the company on the stage; and above the cheers, with which the theatre echoed, could be heard cries of “Speech! Speech!” At last Mr George Edwardes came forward, and after the special round of cheers for him had died down he thanked everyone for their enthusiastic demonstration. “We on this side of the curtain,” he said, “are just as sorry as you are to part with ‘The Merry Widow.’” He added that he hoped “The Dollar Princess,” which is due at Daly’s next month, would prove a worthy successor. And then, after few more cheers, the people consented to go away.

“The Merry Widow” was first produced in London on June 8th, 1907. It has been played for 778 times, seen by 1,100,000 people, and has netted in receipts £216,000.


The Hull Daily Mail – Monday 2nd August 1909


With inflation averaged 4.4% a year this equates to £25,256,084.21 in 2018


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Gabrielle Ray (Rotary 2088 B)

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Gabrielle Ray (Rotary 2088 A)

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Gabrielle Ray (Rotary 2086 C)

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Gabrielle Ray (Rotary 5414 B)


Happy Birthday Gabrielle Ray, born 28th April 1883



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The Merry Widow Souvenir – The Tatler – Wednesday 12th August 1908


 Adrian Ross Tells its Story in Verse.


We have all rejoiced in The Merry Widow – that wonderful achievement by Franz Lehar that has produced crowded houses all over Europe for so long a time. The English version is not the least delightful and the lyrics by Mr. Adrian Ross help in no small degree to that result. Here is the “souvenir” which commemorates a hundred nights. It is daintily printed in colour, the artist being Mr. Talbot Hughes, many examples of whose work we are able to reproduce here.

The joy of the book to me, however, is in the history of the play told in rhyme by Mr. Adrian Ross. Mr. Ross, known in private life as Mr. Ropes, has a peculiar gift in the direction of comment on life conveyed in verse. That gift is at its brightest and best in this history of the play of The Merry Widow. There is an extraordinary amount of high spirits and jollity in Mr. Ross’s metrical narrative, which runs to some hundreds of lines. This souvenir is certainly a delightful memento for the thousands of people who have already seen The Merry Widow and for those thousands of others who will be wise to see it in the future.

When last saw The Merry Widow Miss Lily Elsie was “out of the bill,” but Miss Constance Drever took her place with great efficiency, and happily Mr. Joseph Coyne and Mr. George Graves were as genuinely funny as usual. Miss Gabrielle Ray as Frou-Frou was as blithe as ever.


The Tatler – Wednesday 12th August 1908


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Gabrielle Ray – Wedding – Windsor and Eton Express – Saturday 2nd March 1912





The wedding of Miss Gabrielle Ray and Mr. Eric Loder, postponed from yesterday, took place this (Friday) morning at St. Edward’s Roman Catholic Church, the ceremony being performed by Canon Longinotto. It was quite private, few people being aware that it was taking place, and there was no crowd. The marriage was performed by special dispensation on account of its taking place during Lent. Owing to this penitential season also, there were no flowers inside the sanctuary but there were palms outside.

Before the ceremony, while waiting for the bride, “Ave Maria Stella” was sung by the choir, and “Ave Maria” during the signing of the register.

The bride’s bouquet was of violets, thus being Lenten in colouring.

The bride wore a canary coloured silk coat and skirt, trimmed with braid, and a large purple velvet hat. She drove in a motor -car to Canon Longinotto’s house, accompanied by a friend, Mrs. Nye.

The bridegroom, who was accompanied by Mr. Astley, as best man, was attired in a brown suit, and arrived at the church at 11. His friends present were Sir Edward Stewart Richardson and Mr. Lacey.

The bride looked charming as she entered the church at 11.10.

Mr. W. F. Bradshaw, R.A.M., organist of the church, wrote a special nuptial march in honour of the occasion, which he played at the commencement of the service.

At the conclusion of the service a Wedding March was played, and the register was signed.

This gave the following particulars:

Eric Raymond Loder, 23 years, bachelor, of independent means.

Gabrielle Elizabeth Cliff Cooke, 28 years, spinster.

The ceremony only took about a quarter of an hour, and crowd had now grown, As the bride and bridegroom left the vestry and walked through private grounds to Canon Longinotto’s house, they sent up a cheer for the newly married couple.

At Canon Longinotto’s house, wedding cake was cut and the health of Mr. and Mrs. Loder was drunk. Later they left Windsor in a motor car for the honeymoon.


The wedding was originally announced to take place on Thursday, but from some cause which has not yet been fully explained she did not put in an appearance, and the ceremony was indefinitely postponed. Inquiries at Miss Ray’s flat in London were replied to with the information that she was indisposed, and that it was unlikely that the wedding would take place this week. Both the bride and the bridegroom desired a quiet marriage, and it was thought that the date of the wedding was a secret, but it was announced in a London evening paper on Wednesday, and the consequence was that an army of London Press photographers and special correspondents began to arrive shortly after 9 on Thursday morning.

By the time fixed for the ceremony, a large number of people had assembled outside St. Edward’s Church, but every door was kept locked, and only a few were allowed inside. The choir arrived, together with the registrar and the organist, who had arranged to play a specially written wedding march. The bridegroom and a friend were on the spot, for they were at Canon Longinotto’s house close by. But there was no bride.

The crowd increased every moment, and included two cinematograph operators. Subsequently a messenger boy brought a telegram to the Canon’s house, and it was stated that Miss Ray was not expected. Shortly afterwards the bridegroom and his friend left in a motor car, and the choir was dismissed but told to hold itself in readiness to take part at any moment. The crowd remained until three o’clock, but the bride did not appear, and they dispersed.

Miss Gabrielle Ray and her fiancé, who is the second son of the late Mr. Alfred Loder and the nephew of Major Loder, the famous racehorse owner, were together in a box at the Gaiety Theatre on Tuesday evening. Their engagement was announced in Paris a little more than a month ago. Miss Ray has been well known for some years in musical comedy circles as a captivating dancer. One of her chief successes was the “song and dance” which she performed at Daly’s, “He always came back to tea.” She made her first appearance on the stage at the Princess’s Theatre in 1893 as the child Geraldine in “The Green Bushes.” She was then only eight years of age. Other child parts which she played were Adrienne in “Proof” and Cissie in “The Silver King.” She spent a portion of her childhood days in Windsor.

Windsor and Eton Express – Saturday 2nd March 1912




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Gabrielle Ray – The Royal Magazine – April 1912

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Engaged – The Referee – Sunday 14th January 1912

Ring out, ye bells, for Gabrielle Ray

To Lucky Loder names the day;

So let’s unanimously say,

“Bless you, my children! Hip, hoo Ray


The Referee – Sunday 14th January 1912

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Gabrielle Ray (Tuck 38)

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