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 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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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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