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 – Postcards by the Millions – Christchurch Times – Saturday 21st July 1906


POSTCARDS BY MILLIONS. – A writer in the “Royal Magazine” has made inquiries with a view to ascertaining whose portrait is most popular with the purchasers of picture post cards. He finds that Miss Marie Studholme comes first, Miss Gabrielle Ray a close second, the two sisters, Misses Zena and Phyllis Dare, practically tie for third place, while Miss Ellaline Terries and Miss Gertie Millar are great favourites. Post Office officials computed that 430,090,000 postcards were posted in Great Britain during 1903. A count was kept at several summer resorts last year, and during June, July, and August the weekly average of cards posted at Blackpool alone was 215,000. In the first week of August the total reached 300,000

Christchurch Times – Saturday 21st July 1906


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Gabrielle Ray – Divorce – Leicester Daily Post – Friday 24th July 1914




Mr. Justice Bargrave Deane, in the Divorce Court, yesterday, pronounced a decree nisi dissolving the marriage of Mrs Gabrielle Elisabeth Loder, better known as Miss Gabrielle Ray, musical comedy actress, on the ground of the desertion and misconduct of her husband. Mr. Eric Raymond Loder. Respondent entered no defence. The case was heard in a crowded court.

Mr. Barnard, for the petitioner, said the marriage took place May, 1912, at Windsor. Respondent left his wife in the following February. A decree for restitution of conjugal rights was granted on March 14 this year, but this had not been complied with. Mr. Loder was watched, and on May 1 last be was seen to go to the Great Western Hotel, Paddington, where be stayed with a lady.

Petitioner, attired in a blue dress and wearing a blue straw hat trimmed with white, entered the witness box and gave evidence in subdued tones, and with emotion.


Leicester Daily Post – Friday 24th July 1914

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John East – The Stage – Thursday 30th August 1956


By John East


WHEN my grandfather, John M. East, took over the Lyric, Hammersmith, as actor-manager, in 1892, it was facing bankruptcy. Within three years of his administration this pretty little bijou theatre, sandwiched between a railway siding and a street market, was being partially rebuilt at a cost of £15,000.

John East installed a resident stock company led by artists such as Leah Marlborough, Charles East and his wife, East Robertson, great favourites with local audiences. With a change of programme weekly and daily rehearsals, it was a wonderful school for youngsters, many of whom went straight to the West End after starting at the Lyric. Among the many future stars 1 could mention was 19-year-old Gabrielle Ray, whom my grandfather trained to take the title role in his “Red Riding Hood.” She soon became one of the brightest stars to reign at the Gaiety and Daly’s.

Of course, established names like Edward Terry, Harry Monkhouse, Mrs. Langtry, Henry Neville, Charles Warner, Harry Nichols and Willie Edouin played special weeks at the Lyric, and a cosmopolitan audience from distant parts of the metropolis swelled the ranks of the local patrons, who loved to see the carefully staged melodramas.

John East acted in 64 and produced over 400 plays during his 13 years at the theatre, from a battle scene in “A Life of Pleasure” to “Secrets of the Harem,” shortened to “Secrets –“ –THE BANNED PLAY, after a protest from the Turkish Ambassador to the Lord Chamberlain when he had witnessed the piece.

Once he decided to produce “Streets of London,” and in order to get a real horse-driven fire engine on to the stage, he removed the centre stalls, and a large rake was erected from the roadway to the auditorium, over which the engine made a triumphant entry. There would have been a practical use for it on Whit Monday, 1896, when a fire broke out on the stage during the action of “For England.”

Every Christmas my grandfather would produce, and usually write with Brian Daly, a pantomime, in addition to playing such parts as the Queen in “Robinson Crusoe.” Some of the large profits made went into organising charity matinees, “The Diseases of Women” lectures, and a free soup kitchen outside the theatre.

Years before, a manager would have a stock writer at his command, but by the turn of the century the public would not go in unless first class London successes were played, which meant an expensive mounting and a royalty of 10 per cent. Moreover, boiled down melodramas were being presented on the halls, which in addition to new competition from the Grand, Fulham, and the King’s, Hammersmith, caused my grandfather to leave the Lyric in March, 1904. The little theatre had a varied history until Playfair re-opened it in 1918.

After producing “The Wheat King” at the Apollo, with a magnificent third act depicting mass hysteria, John East look over the management of the vast Britannia, Hoxton, where he offered a three act drama, a variety bill, one of his own curtain-raisers, and the bio scope for 3d. in the gallery! The curious audience at the “Brit” consisted mostly of burglars, who used to come and tell my grandfather when they were gong to “do a bit” the following night.

Once a man sidled up to him and said, “What’s ‘appened to ole J. B. Howe, what played ‘ere with Charlie East in 98?  Is ‘e in the lump (workhouse)?” John replied that he had retired. “Oh. I’ve been away and missed the old codger.” Been away” – “Yus, for sticking a knive in a cove in Clerkenwell!” During the week John slept on the premises with the takings, and no wonder he had a loaded pistol by his bedside.

After a time at the Elephant and Castle Theatre, John East ran touring companies in between annual pantomime engagements, which included one at the Crown with another clever 19-year-old girl, Violet Loraine. Leah Marlborough was touring three continents alter “The Sorrows of Satan,” at the Court, East Robertson toured in such pieces as “Girl’s Cross Roads,” as Barbara Wade, and received wide acclaim as the prostitute, La Colombe, who fights to her death with knives in “Woman and Wine,” at the Princess’s, Oxford street, in 1899.

However, John East decided to become a free-lance, and devised, produced and managed the fabulous “Invasion of England” at the Crystal Palace, in 1909. With a cast of hundreds, real airships, descent of an invading army by parachute, entire destruction of a village by fire, explosions of mines and cannons, it was a triumphant success and he toured it on the Continent during 1910, for Brocks, Ltd.


The Stage – Thursday 30th August 1956


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Gabrielle Ray – The Daily Herald – Tuesday 7th March 1911

A Huge Programme.

The greatest interest is being taken in the special matinee be given Thursday week at the Empire on behalf Mrs. Hitchens, widow the late manager of the hall. The demand for seats is already large, and it is hoped the function will meet with financial success, as Mrs. Kitchens to a large extent will be dependent the result of the performance. Among the many artistes who have volunteered to appear are Messrs. Arthur Bourchier, Hayden Coffin, Joseph Coyne, Kenneth Douglas. Robert Evett, Harry Grattan, George Grossmith, G. P. Huntley, Harry Lauder, Edmund Payne, and Misses Kate Cutler, Phyllis Dare, Constance Drever, Clara Evelyn, Grace Lane, Olive May, Gertie Millar, Gabrielle Ray, Elsie Spain, and Violet Vanbrugh. One of the principal features the programme be a prehistoric music- hall entertainment, specially written for the occasion. The piece provides vivid study the modern music-hall, judged from an ancient standpoint, and will be played by large company, the most whom are Messrs. George Mozart, W. H. Berry, and Miss Connie Ediss and Miss Millie Legarde.

The Daily Herald – Tuesday 7th March 1911



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Gabrielle Ray – the Lord Mayor’s Cripples’ Fund – Herts. & Cambs Reporter and Royston Crow – Friday 8th March 1907

The Lord Mayor’s Cripples’ Fund

There was plenty of fun at Drury Lane on the occasion of the matinee for the benefit of the Lord Mayor’s Cripples’ Fund. The histrionic talent of London combined to produce a fine entertainment – one of that rare kind in which even the smallest part is taken by a master of the art. The principal plum in the pudding was Mr. E. T. Reed’s representation of “A Prehistoric Lord Mayor’s Show.” The distinguished Punch artist’s pictures looked all the more comic for being acted, many well-known scenes being represented. Here we saw the real old red sandstone Highlanders, the fire brigade of the Stone Age, and so on. Preceded by prehistoric Aldermen came the Lord Mayor of the year 10,000 B.C. – and Mr. C. H . Workman tried to look gracious while his coachman, Mr. W. H. Berry, made desperate attempts to be dignified – in skins. Before all galloped the startling figure of Mr. George Growssmith, junr., on a wonderful palaeolithic charger, which had, no doubt, been specially dug up for the occasion. Miss Jean Aylwin cut a fine figure as the Lady Mayoress, and could not but be flattered at having such a charming prototype in the journalist who reported the prehistoric show, represented by Miss Adrienne Augarde. Among other stars in the cast were Miss Louie Pounds and Miss Billie Burke. Other tit-bits in the programme were Mr. Beerbohm Tree and company in “The Man Who Was,” the second act of “The Beauty and the Barge,” by Mr. Cyril Maude, and a dance by Mdlle. Genee, Miss Gabrielle Ray, and Mr. W. Warde. Among the stars which shone brightly were also Mr. Lewis Waller, Mr. H. B. Irving, and Mr. Ben Davis. With such a galaxy of talent no wonder the house was full.

Herts. & Cambs Reporter and Royston Crow – Friday 8th March 1907


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Gabrielle Ray – Electoral Register – 1910

Gabrielle Ray – Electoral Register – 1911

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Gabrielle Ray – Electoral Register – 1911

Name:  Gabrielle Ray

Event Type:  Census

Event Date:  1911

Event Place:  Kensington,  London, England

County:  London

Parish:  Kensington

Sub-District:  Kensington South

Registration District:  Kensington

Gender:  Female

Age:  27

Marital Status (Original):  SINGLE

Occupation:  ACTRESS

Birthplace:  Stockport, Cheshire

Relationship to Head of Household:  HEAD

Record Type:   Household



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Gabrielle Ray – Divorce – Dundee Courier – Tuesday 29th July 1913

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Iris Loder – The Tatler – Wednesday 26th July 1922

Mrs Eric Loder and her daughter Pamela, sadly Pamela died at the age of 20, Iris and Eric Loder were divorced in 1928

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Little Bradford Mites on a London Stage

Little Bradford Mites on a London Stage

 A Brief and Joyous Sequel to Pantomime.

London, Tuesday Night.

Following Miss Gabrielle Ray through a labyrinth of passages behind the scenes at the Palladium, this afternoon, I came upon a sight which seldom meets the eye in a theatre.

Ten little girls were busily munching buns and drinking tea.

They were some of the little ones who did so well in the Bradford Prince’s Theatre pantomime that Miss Ray has brought them to London, partly as a treat, and here they are winning hearts at the Palladium, as they did in Bradford.

You have not much time to spare when you are “working” at the Palladium. There is a matinee every day, and two “houses” a night. So one was not surprised to see the Bradford kiddies feeding away with the make-up on their cheeks.

A merry party they were, shouting and laughing to the distraction of their kind-hearted “matron,” who confessed that her charges are a real handful. Eight of them are “pure Bradford,” born and bred, and have never seen London before. They are staying until Sunday week, they told me in chorus.

“Then where are you going?” I asked. Faces fell. Evidently it is not a popular prospect. The reply was still in chorus, but pianissimo, “Back to Bradford.”

The children are staying in a comfortable hotel, not very far from the theatre, and some of them say they know the way there alone already. In the morning they have to concentrate, as much as they can in their whirl of excitement, upon the awful nuisance of “lessons.” In the afternoon they do their little song and dance, then have tea and then more lessons. In the evening the song and dance come on twice, once at each performance, but by ten o’clock they are in bed.

I believe there was some heart searching when the time came to select from Mr. Francis Laidler’s Bradford troupe of “Sunbeams” who were to come to town; and from what she tells me, Miss Ray had a difficult task in making the choice. The lucky ones are really having a huge treat. They opened big eyes at the sight of so many people; in fact the streets are a source of never ending wonder to them. They are going to be taken to the Zoo, where already in imagination there are all sorts of animals so wonderful that even the Brontosaurus seems as ordinary as the house cat.

And when they get back home? I asked them about that. The little mites seemed rather doleful, for there will be no pantomime. But there is a good deal of philosophy in their little hearts, and they have decided that the only thing to do is look forward to the next one.


Yorkshire Evening Post, Wednesday 24th March 1920

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