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’s grave


Miss Ray finally has a new grave stone thanks to The Musical Hall Guild


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Leslie Barker (Feilding Leeds)

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Gabrielle Ray – The Little Cherub – 1906

Wit and Humour

(From “Punch”)


It is indeed a pleasure to see the drama at last emerging from the state of sluggish insipidity which has so long diagnosed it. At the Prince of Wales’ Theatre four of our most lovely actresses now play a game of football on the stage, in the course of which Miss Gabrielle Ray kicks the ball into the auditorium. We doubt whether this theatrical history of any country could point to a more saucy incident.


Dublin Evening Mail – Saturday 31st March 1906



Actress as Footballer.


During the run of “The Little Cherub” at the Prince of Wales’s Theatre, London, Miss Gabrielle Ray has so often kicked the improvised football in the hotel scene into the “prompt” box, that she has accepted a challenge, and prepared back herself for £5 to land the ball into that box on any occasion.


Sheffield Evening Telegraph – Friday 23rd March 1906

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The Hon. Mrs James Beck – The Tatler – Wednesday 26th November 1930


The portrait by Mr. Cecil Beaton, which is included in “The Book of Beauty,” which he has just had published by Messrs. Duckworth, and which includes numerous photographs and also sketches of the people with whom the book deals. The author in his preface tells us that his greatest heroines in his childhood’s days were not the Maid of Orleans, or the Lady of the Lamp, but Lily Elsie, Gabrielle Ray, and Queen Alexandra. The author’s study of beauty has taken in its present shape this collection of all the most decorative people of to-day and yesterday. The Hon. Mrs. James Beck is Lord Glenconner’s sister.

The Tatler – Wednesday 26th November 1930

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Mr Merlin Morgan – Western Mail – Monday 10th November 1924




LONDON, Sunday.


It was appropriate that London Welshmen should have taken part in the matinee at the London Palladium this afternoon in memory of the late Mr. Merlin Morgan, the gifted Welsh conductor, who died recently.

A native of Aberdare, Mr. Merlin Morgan was a well-known figure in London Welsh circles long before he made a name for himself in the West End theatrical world. He was musical director at Daly’s and the Gaiety theatres. He devoted much attention to the development of Welsh choral music in London. He was, in fact the founder of the London Welsh Male Choir, and this body, under the Conductorship of’ Mr. Llewelyn Bevan, took part in to-day’s matinee. They sang one or two Welsh airs, and were warmly applauded for their contribution to what proved an interesting programme of music. The promoters of the matinee had arranged a programme by singers and others intimately associated with Mr. Morgan, and among the contributors were Ivor Foster, Lilian Davies, Blanche Tomlin, Ivor Novello, Robert Michaelis, Jose Collins, Gabrielle Ray, Harry Dearth, Joyce Carey, and Thorpe Bates. Altogether the matinee, with such a galaxy of talent hosted by the Daly’s theatre orchestra proved a decided success.


Western Mail – Monday 10th November 1924

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This Was The “Gaiety” – Liverpool Echo – Thursday 24th November 1949



 This Was The “Gaiety” Girls And Glamour


So the famous Gaiety Theatre, in the Strand, is to be reopened. Shades of stage-door johnnies; supper at Romano’s – now no more – and Rules (behind the Adelphi, where Cochran ran two years with “Bless the Bride” and followed it with the less successful “Tough at the Top,” and which still remains pretty much the same); of champagne drunk from a chorus girl’s slipper – and it did happen; and the glamour girls who smiled, sang or danced their way into jewels, wealth and the peerage. Thus, at what the young reporter would call the psychological moment, comes “Gaiety, Theatre of Enchantment” (W. H. Allen, 20s), by that grand historian of the stage. W. Macqueen Pope, himself a figure in many theatrical enterprises through the years.

John Hollingshead, who founded the Gaiety, may be just a name, but the matinees he started became world-famous, and he made the theatre part of London’s gaiety itself. George Edwardes, who first joined him later took over, fathered the Gaiety Girl, is still remembered as a fabulous figure surrounded by beauties whose curves and smiles decorated millions of picture postcards, and made some men feel far too young. What oldster doesn’t remember Gertie Millar (later a countess), Marie Studholme (my own young dream), Margaret Bannerman, Belle Bilton, Rosie Boote (who became a marchioness), Camille Clifford, Constance Collier, Ada Reeve, Evie Green, Lily Elsie, Ellaline Terriss, Isobel Elsom, Gaby Deslys (said to have “dethroned” a king), Mabel Love, Kate Vaughan, Nellie Farren, Sylvia Storey (another countess), Edna May, Gabrielle Ray, Gladys Cooper, Phyllis and Zena Dare – even schoolboys collected their pictures.

Pope has stories of them all and of the great actors and comedians, the managers, the authors and composers. Stars have their moments now, but their glamour is mostly on celluloid and bobby-soxers and hysterical young women get their clothes torn to get near their favourites (mostly women) when they “appear in flesh.” Compared with these ebullitions the stage-door johnnies were just odd men on a desert island. This is a grand book – 500 pages of stage cavalcade, with 100 pictures (and how queer some of the fashions look).

Liverpool Echo – Thursday 24th November 1949


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Gabriel Ray – The Stage – Thursday 9th September 1920




London, Monday, Sept. 6

Fate took me this evening to the first show at the Woolwich Hippodrome, where I enjoyed the ability of Tom Stuart. Tom is the Captain Bairnsfather of the variety halls, for some of his concert types are just as true to life and as likeable as Bairnsfather’s “Old Bill,” “Alf” and “Bert” are on the printed page. Stuart would do well in America, for there is hardly a city in the U.S.A. whose audiences would not scream at his cock-eyed semi pickled tenor or his pompous baritone, while the Italian study he does would alone put him (Stuart) over. While waiting for Tom to appear I had a pleasant surprise in Mollie Butler on second, but worthy of a star spot. Dear Miss Butler, I am on old music-hall reporter, and I have flattered myself that I was immune to the “dying child” stuff that is about done to death. But you “got me” with that little French recitation so quietly and so simply done, and you have a real tear in your voice as well as in your eye. To sum it up, you speak like a cultured girl. I enjoyed your work, and hope to see you again.

Back to town in time to see part of the show at the Palladium. Laughed heartily at Jack Pleasants and thoroughly enjoyed Gabriel Ray, whose dainty act goes to prove that cleanliness and sweetness is a marketable vaudeville commodity. I chatted for some time with Gabriel in her dressing-room, and found her just as nice “off” as “on.” The one thing I particularly admired about Miss Ray is her humane treatment of the children in her act. All the little tots love their leading lady, and they look forward to their nightly summons to her room to have the finishing touches put to their make-up by Miss Ray herself. From the dressing-room I heard the big applause finish of the Pounds Sister’ act, but missed the opportunity see Lorna and Toots work.

The Stage – Thursday 9th September 1920



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Gabriel Ray – Scottish Referee – Monday 19th September 1904



In the course of my business, I see very many papers, some of them heavily illustrated. I mention the fact as a prelude to entering an emphatic protest against the condemnable persistence with which the editor men are printing portraits of Miss Gabriel Ray, a lady of the Gaiety. Miss Ray, I am delighted to admit, is an attractive looking girl – most attractive, in fact – a gem, in short, of purest Ray serene but that is no reason why the thing should he overdone in this maddening fashion. Presently there will be money for the editor who is able to advertise that his celebrated weekly contains not a single photograph of Miss Gabriel Ray. The X-ray in the zenith of its notoriety never received publicity of the kind that is coming the way of the other Ray.


Scottish Referee – Monday 19th September 1904

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London Hippodrome Ball – The Referee – Sunday 9th January 1910





WHAT promises to be a record gathering of charming and beautiful actresses will be seen at the London Hippodrome Ball, to be held at Prince’s Galleries next Wednesday week.

Among the ladies who are on the committee and who, have promised to attend are the Misses Sybil Arundale, Jean Aylwin, Pauline Chase, Margaret Cooper, Kate Cutler, Phyllis Dare, Zena Dare, Lily Elsie, Elizabeth Firth, Marie George, Evie Greene, Maidie Legarde, Gracie Leigh, Maggie May, Olive May, Gertie Millar, Gabrielle Ray, Jessie Rose, Ellaline Terriess, Hilda Trevelyan, and Ruth Vincent.

The committee also includes Baron Oscar von Ernsthausen, Sir Bryon Leighton, Mr. Joseph Coyne, Mr. Seymour Hicks, Mr. Leslie Stuart, and Mr. George Graves.

The London Hippodrome’s splendid orchestra will be in attendance. Dancing at 11.30 pm. ; carriages at 4 a.m. The joint-secretaries of the ball are Mr. Fred Trussell and Mr. Thomas Miller. Tickets including supper, are a guinea each, and may be obtained at the box-aloe of the Hippodrome.


The Referee – Sunday 9th January 1910


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Lord Roberts’s Veterans’ Relief Fund – The Music Hall and Theatre Review – Friday 3rd April 1908

EVERYTHING seems to promise well for the matinee performance at the Alhambra on April 30th in aid of Lord Roberts’s Veterans’ Relief Fund. Quite a number of leading actors and actresses have promised to take part in the programme. Among these are Misses Violet Vanbrugh, Lena Ashwell, Evie Greene, Gertie Millar, Madge Vincent, Meredith Meredro, Jean Aylwin, Gabrielle Ray, Minnie Baker, Constance Collier, who will recite “The Leaguer of Lucknow;” Miss Lily Elsie and Mr. Joseph Coyne in the waltz duet from “The Merry Widow ;”  Miss Olive May and Mr. Robert Hale in a duet from “The Girls of Gottenhurg ;” Mr. Fred Farren and Miss Topsy Sinden from the Empire ; Messrs. Arthur Bourchier, W. H. Berry, Leonard Mackay, Edmund Gwenn and Harry Lauder. In addition there will be several military episodes during the afternoon, notably a torchlight tattoo. Apart from the boxes seats are priced from five guineas to two shillings. There is such a demand for the stalls that the Committee have decided to allot in priority of application or to sell by auction. Soldiers and sailors in uniform will be admitted half-price to the cheaper parts of the house.


The Music Hall and Theatre Review – Friday 3rd April 1908



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