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 – Reynolds’s Newspaper – Sunday 24th October 1915

Miss Gabrielle Ray makes her first appearance in “Betty” at Daly’s one day this week, when she will take up the part of Estelle; Ivy Shilling and Mr. Lauri De Frece will also join the cast in the roles of Chicquette and Jotte respectively. Among the new numbers introduced will be a song for Miss Ray, “Harlequin”; one for Miss Winifred Barnes, “Goodbye”; and a duet for Miss Ray and Mr. De Frece, “Don’t Be Silly.”

 

Reynolds’s Newspaper – Sunday 24th October 1915

 

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Gabrielle Ray – Betty – Reynolds’s Newspaper – Sunday 31st October 1915

DALY’S

 

That charming modern version of Cinderella, known “Betty,” entered on a new edition here Friday night, when, in addition to some very taking new numbers, Miss Gabrielle Ray took up the part of Estelle, with new songs and dances. It goes without saying that she was rapturously welcomed after her long absence from the stage, and she very soon proved that she is lithe, graceful, and attractive as though she had never quitted it. Mr. Lauri De Frece is now the Jotte, and plays so as to get plenty of laughter without ever overdoing it, and Mr. Tom Walls, replacing Mr. G. P. Huntley, made a well-merited hit. Miss Winifred Barnes is captivating as ever in the name part, and her new song, “Good-bye,” is very pretty and very prettily sung. The excellent work of that accomplished actor. Mr. C. M. Lowne, of Mr. Donald Calthrop, and the rest of the cast, makes “Betty” as bright and artistic an entertainment as can wish for.

 

Reynolds’s Newspaper – Sunday 31st October 1915

 

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Gabrielle Ray – Betty – 1916

 

“Little Miss Gabrielle Ray, above, is greater in London fame than she is in stature, and as great in London popularity (note the flowers!) as in beauty – and that though she is the beauty of ‘”Betty,” at Daly’s.”
( Vogue, New York, Vol. 47, Issue 4, 5th February 1916, p. 64)

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Gabrielle Ray – The Little Harlequin – Betty – 1916

 

Miss Ray in harlequin costume, featured on the song sheet cover of “The Little Harlequin,” composed by Fred. J. Blackman, with words by Percy Greenbank.
(photo: Foulsham & Banfield, London, 1915; song sheet published by Ascherberg, Hopwood & Crew Ltd., 16 Mortimer Street, London, W., copyright 1916)

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Betty – The Graphic – 1915

 

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Gabrielle Ray – Betty – The Westminster Gazette – Monday 25th October 1915

 

DIARY OF THE WEEK IN LONDON.

Miss Gabrielle Ray.

Daly’s will have a festal appearance to-night in honour of Miss Gabrielle Ray, who comes back to the stage as Estelle in “Betty.” Miss Ivy Shilling and Mr. Lauri de Frece also join the cast, and the occasion is to be celebrated by new “numbers.”

 

The Westminster Gazette – Monday 25th October 1915

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Gabrielle Ray – Betty – The Westminster Gazette – Monday 1st November 1915

DALY’S THEATRE: “BETTY.”

The attractions of “Betty” at Daly’s have now been reinforced by the inclusion of Miss Gabrielle Ray in the cast. She takes the part, not of the heroine, as some perhaps might have wished, but of the saucy Estelle, the costumier’s model, a part which suits her style and capabilities quite well, although, as hinted, some of her admirers might prefer to see rather more of her. As it is, her appearances are somewhat intermittent for one whose popularity with the public is so considerable. Of course she had a very hearty reception and did all that was required in her own quite characteristic manner. A second newcomer of note in the cast is Mr. Lauri de Frece, who has Mr. Berry’s old part as the mercurial Court Dressmaker, Achille Jotte, whose function in life is, as he explains, to prescribe the shape of the ladies in high life with each revolving year. At present Mr. De Frece is not quite so entertaining as Mr. Berry, who sets indeed an exacting standard in this kind of role, but this is by no means to imply that he did not afford plenty of amusement, and doubtless in due course he will be funnier still. For Mr. G. P. Huntley in the part of the talkative Lord Playne a passable substitute has been found in Mr. Tom Walis, who wisely makes no attempt to reproduce his predecessor’s inimitable mannerisms, while Miss Winifred Barnes, Mr. Donald Calthrop, and Mr. C. M. Lowne represent other leading characters as before, and in all other respects the piece, which, if not the strongest of its class, yet has not a few good points, goes gaily as ever.

H. A. S.

The Westminster Gazette  Monday 1st November 1915

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Gabrielle Ray – Betty – The Tatler – Wednesday 1st December 1915

Returns.

And as the war seems to have brought back to the stage a kind of rejuvenation of simple, irresponsible things, so, too, it has brought back old favourites whom the playgoing world adored years – well, the days of peace do seem like years and years ago. Lily Elsie in Mavoureen shows us that she is just as adorably sweet and dainty as ever;  Gabrielle Ray in Betty proves once more that, in spite of the strenuous style of the successful American review artist, her kind of spoilt-child, wayward, careless, but distinctly personal charm is just as potent as ever.

The Tatler – Wednesday 1st December 1915

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Gabrielle Ray – Betty – The Tatler – Wednesday 1st December 1915

 

MISS GABRIELLE RAY

Whose return to the stage has been quite one of the events of the year in light theatrical circles, which had missed her quaint singing and dainty dancing

The Tatler – Wednesday 1st December 1915

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Gabrielle Ray – Betty – The Graphic – Saturday 12th February 1916

 

A charming addition was made to “Betty” at Daly’s on Monday by the appearance of two Russian dancers, Les Stepanoff, from the opera houses of Moscow and Petrograd. They appear in the third act, and give a very neat exhibition of true Russian ballet-dancing. Some changes have been effected in the play itself, notably at the beginning, for we are now plunged right into the story without the preliminary buttons business. But it all goes with great verve, because the central story is a good one. Miss Barnes and Mr. Donald Calthrop are an ideal pair of lovers-on-the-defensive (always a fascinating role), Mr. Lowne is still the incomparable Duke, Miss Gabrielle Ray is the best Estelle we have had, having lost none of her old insouciance, and Mr. Lauri de Frece is in his element as the dressmaker Jotte. Altogether a charming piece of pretty sentiment, as against the many old guffaws of musical comedy.

 

The Graphic – Saturday 12th February 1916

 

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Gabrielle Ray – The Tatler – 21st April 1915

A NEW PORTRAIT

 Of an Old and Popular Favourite

 

MISS GABRIELLE RAY (MRS. ERIC LODER) AND FRIEND

All playgoers will be interested in this new portrait of Mrs. Loder, who as Miss Gabrielle Ray charmed us in so many of Mr. George Edwardes’s musical comedies at the Gaiety and Daly’s theatres. Miss Ray’s dancing was not of the highest technical brilliance, but she was certainly one of the most graceful movers ever seen on our stage, and, in the lighter and simpler forms of the dance, inimitable. Her reappearance would be a delight to her many admirers.

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