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?'

Gabrielle Ray – Betty – The Tatler – Wednesday 10th November 1915

Wonderful Gertie and Graceful “Gabs.”

Only the best of the species remain – Gertie Millar at the Palace and now Gabrielle Ray in Betty at Daly’s. Gertie Millar has not cultivated the “flashing” manner of review, but she has perfected the daintier one of musical-comedy, and the contrast between, say, Teddie Gerard and herself is piquant. Gabrielle Ray has returned far more vital and “alive” than when she went away. She puts into her work a flair and a “go” which was never there in her former Gaiety days. And, if anything, she is more bewitching to look at than ever! In the dainty, rather meaningless, dancing of musical-comedy she is still unapproached. Altogether her art has taken a new lease of life, and Betty will certainly profit by her coming. Lauri de Frece, in the part left vacant by the departure of W. H. Berry to the Adelphi, is not yet as funny as his predecessor, but, given time, he will certainly prove his worth. He is one of the few comedians who, what- ever part they play, are always artists, never simply buffoons.

The Tatler – Wednesday 10th November 1915

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Gabrielle Ray – Betty – The Globe – Saturday 30th October 1915

The Theatre

 Miss Gabrielle Ray in “Betty.”

 

There is all the charm of romance and much of the sparkle of real humour in “Betty,” thanks quite as much to the attractive grace of Miss Winifred Barnes as to the efforts of authors and composers, and to the bright comedy of Mr. Tom Walls as Lord Playne. Last night there was a new comer to the cast in Miss Gabrielle Ray, who, in returning to Daly’s found many friends to welcome her reappearance. She was always a delightful dancer, but Miss Ray has gained in her art as an actress, and both her singing and speaking voice has improved in quality. Her rentrée was a real success. All the fun and alertness of Mr. Laurie de Frece, the boyish sprit of Roy Royston, the “heavy father” efforts of Mr. C. M. Lowne, and the easy methods of Mr. Donald Calthrop as the young lord who wins and finally woos, help to make of the musical play a very fresh and amusing performance.

The Globe,  Saturday 30th October 1915

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Betty – The Globe – 25th Sep 1915

Betty - The Globe - 25th Sep 1915

Miss Gabrielle Ray returning to the stage.

Miss Gabrielle Ray, says the Daily Mail, is to return to the stage, and will make her appearance at Daly’s Theatre in about a fortnight as Estella, the pretty milliner, in “Betty.” She retired from Mr. George Edwardes’s management and the stage at the end of 19112. Yesterday she finally made up her mind that she would like to return to the theatre.

“Going back to Daly’s Theatre,” she said, “is almost like returning home after a long absence. The risk that I may be forgotten makes me nervous, but I have not forgotten the theatre, and I have not forgotten how to dance.”

The Globe – 25th Sep 1915

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Nellie Taylor as “Betty” – 1917

Nelly Taylor as Betty

Nellie Taylor as “Betty” – 1917

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Betty – The Stage – 1915

Betty – Daly’s Theatre – 1915

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Betty – The Sketch – 1915

Betty - The Sketch - 24th November 1915

 

Harlequin! Miss Gabrielle Ray as Estelle in “Betty,” at Daly’s.

 Miss Gabrielle Ray has returned to the footlights at Daly’s, where she achieved so many earlier triumphs, and now takes the part of Estelle in “Betty.” An additional number is assigned to her – a harlequin Dance. Needless to say, it suits so chic a danseuse, whose charming coquetry is set off with added attractiveness by her fascinating costume. Miss Gabrielle Ray has received the warmest possible greetings from her innumerable admirers.

The Sketch, 24th November 1915

“Betty” marked the return of Miss Ray to the theatre after her divorce from Eric Loder.

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Betty – The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News – 1915

Betty - The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News -  6th November 1915

“Betty” – This was another cheerful entertainment which desired last week to call attention to the fact that it had discovered something new, and intended to start its career all over again. The something new was Miss Gabrielle Ray, back again after years of absence from the stage; still splendidly courageous in her attempts to sing with so astonishingly small a voice to work with, but distinctly improved in her dancing, and altogether a more mature young person and more sure of herself than I ever recollect her to have been. She had a great welcome, and will obviously step back easily into the proud position of a popular favourite.

The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News, 6th November 1915

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Betty – The Graphic – 1915

London loves its old favourites. Thus the return of Miss Gabrielle Ray to Daly’s has proved a great success, and Miss Lily Elsie is filling His Majesty’s with “Mavourneen.” As a matter of fact, Miss Ray and Miss Elsie have actually improved as artists during their retirement. On Sunday afternoon Miss Elsie will preside at the O.P. lunch at the Cecil an innovation which is due to the war.

Betty – The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News – 1915

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Betty – The Daily Mirror – 1915

Betty - Daily Mirror - Monday 27 September 1915

“Gabrielle”

I hear that there is to be another interesting return to the stage. This time it is Miss Gabrielle Ray. She is to take up the part of Estelle in “Betty” in about a fortnight’s tome, as Miss Mable Sealby is leaving to rehearse for the new play at the Adelphi. Not so very long ago Miss Ray was the picture postcard favourite. One form alone sold over 10,000,000 of them. She made her name in “The Belle of New York” when it was on tour in 1899, and she reached the zenith of her popularity in the scene at Maxim’s of “The Merry Widow.”

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Betty – The Tatler – 1915

Gabrielle Ray has returned far more vital and alive than when she went away. She puts into her work a flair and a go which was never there in her former Gaiety days. And, if anything, she is more bewitching to look at than ever In the dainty, rather meaningless, dancing of musical-comedy she is still unapproached. Altogether her art has taken a new lease of v life, and Betty will certainly profit by her coming.

The Tatler, 10th November 1915

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