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?'

Gladys Ray – Aladdin – The Era – Saturday 22nd December 1906

Gladys Ray – Aladdin – The Sporting Life – Tuesday 25th December 1906

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Gladys Ray – The Stage – Thursday 31st January 1907

Benefits are the order of the night at the Crystal Palace this week. On Monday Mr. A. E. Passmore , the Widow Twankey, had a benefit; Tuesday was devoted to Miss Lily Gullick, Wednesday to Miss Lillie Lassah, while this afternoon (Thursday) Miss Nellie and Miss Gladys Ray will share, Mr. Arthur Poole being the beneficiary in the evening. The Onda Brothers claim the Friday evening.

The Stage – Thursday 31st January 1907

Gladys Ray – Aladdin – The Era – Saturday 29th December 1906

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Gladys Ray – Aladdin – The Era – Saturday 29th December 1906

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Gladys Ray – Aladdin – The Sporting Life – Tuesday 25th December 1906

 

THE THEATRES.

CRYSTAL PALACE PANTOMIME & CIRCUS

 

One could hardly realise that he was witnessing the first performance of the pantomime at the Crystal Palace yesterday, so well did those engaged fall into their various parts. This year “Aladdin” has been chosen by Mr J. Bannister Howard as the subject, and with the assistance of Mr Fred Bowyer to furnish the book and lyrics, a very entertaining piece is the result. The story runs upon the old, old lines which have been so familiar for years.

From the first scene – there are a dozen in all – to the last, all are exceedingly pretty. Many clever changes take place, all being smartly managed. Of course, the cave is about the best, though the Throne Room in the Emperor’s Palace runs it close for effect. Quite up-to-date too are some of the ideas introduced, for in one scene the career of a motor car is shown by means of the cinematograph.

To Miss Lillie Lassah is entrusted the port of Aladdin and as she is possessed of a fine voice and the ability to dance, one could hardly wish for a better interpreter of the part. As the Princess, another clever principal is found in Miss Lily Gullick, who also sings and dances well. The comedians evidently intend that the piece shall not lack in fun. As Abanazar, Mr Arthur Poole has a fine part, in which he brings out all the points possible, his by-play and gag being especially good. Mr A. E. Passmore, in the character of Widow Twankey, revels in his part, and two splendid artists of the knock-about order are the Brothers Onda. Their performance on the horizontal bar stamps them gymnasts of no mean order. Other parts are in the hands of Miss Nellie Barnwell (Pekoe), Miss Gladys Ray (Petti-Sing), Mr Prank Weir (Wishee-Washee), Mr E. Oxlee (Emperor), while several excellent glees are rendered by the XL Quartette.

Sporting Life – Tuesday 25th December 1906

 

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Gladys Ray – Robinson Crusoe – The Era – Saturday 13th February 1897

AMUSEMENTS IN HASTINGS.

 (FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT).

 GAIETY THEATRE. — Managing Director, Mr George Gaze. — Mr J. B. Mulholland’s successful pantomime Robinson Crusoe was brought here on Monday, and attracted a well-filled house. Miss Chummie La Mara sustained the title-role with marked ability, and secured rounds of applause for her songs. Mliss Eva Hamblyn as Polly Perkins acted prettily and sang pleasingly, though suffering from a slight hoarseness. Mr Charles Gardener was deservedly applauded for his clever business as Dame Crusoe. Mr Gus Wheatman gave a grotesquely humorous performance as Captain Spanker, whose mate, Jack Mainbrace, had a sprightly exponent in Miss Rose Hamilton. Mr George Fisk played with much energy as the Cannibal King. His daughter, the Princess, was pleasingly acted by Miss Lillie Comyns. Mr Joe Ellis was a good Man Friday. The Grovini Troupe are clever acrobats. Mr H. Mansfield as Vanderdecken was well appreciated for his singing. Miss Lily Twyman was a pleasing Fairy. Some good dancing was exhibited by the Misses Nita St. George, Lavurnan, Lily Piercy, Gladys Ray, Claire Tenson, Flo White, and Sisters Wilkinson. A strong and well-balanced chorus sang effectively. The scenery is very pretty, and the dresses and appointments harmonise well.

 

The Era – Saturday 13 February 1897

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Gladys Raymond – Aladdin – South London Chronicle – Friday 19 October 1906

CRYSTAL PALACE

PANTOMIME

It is welcome news to learn that Mr. Bannister Howard intends to revive old-fashioned pantomime at the Crystal Palace Theatre. That style of entertainment which has been called pantomime during the past few years has become rather boring, and has not been particularly amusing, either to grown-up people or children. Any effort, therefore, to return to the rollicking performances of bygone days deserves to be supported, and no doubt Mr. Howard’s enterprise will be crowned with success. The subject of the pantomime is the old favourite story of “Aladdin,” and in the hands of so experienced a pantomime writer as Mr. Fred Bowyer, great things may be expected. No expense is to be spared, and an excellent company has been secured. Miss Lillie Lassah will impersonate Aladdin; Miss Lillie Gallick; the Princess; Mr. Arthur Pool, Abanazar; Mr. A. E. Passmore, Widow Twankey; the Ongar Brothers, the Policemen and Speciality turn; Miss Nellie Barnwell; Second Boy; Miss Gladys Ray (a sister of Miss Gabrielle Ray, who was originally brought out by Mr. Howard), Second Girl; Miss Josephine Sullivan, a Fairy; and Mr. J. D. Cawdery, Demon and Clown, who will also work the traps. He was at one time with Conquest, and is one of the oldest trapworkers left. The Harlequinade and Shadow Pantomime will be a strong feature of the entertainment. The Pantomime will be produced by Mr. C. Lake, and Mr. Joseph Sainton will compose and arrange the music. Mr. W. E. Sharpe will still continue to actively manage the front of the theatre.

South London Chronicle – Friday 19th October 1906

Note; The review of Aladdin shows Miss Ray’s sister Gladys Raymond referred to as Gladys Ray rather than Gladys Raymond, I’m not sure whether this is a misprint or whether she performed under this name as well

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Gladys Raymond – See See – The Era – Saturday 7th September 1907

Miss Raymond performed as “Silky Lips” one of the “Four Pearls”

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Gladys Raymond – The Era – 27th January 1906

Theatrical Gossip.

A slight accident happened at the Theatre Royal, Hull, on Monday night to Miss Gladys Raymond, who was playing in Mr. J. Bannister Howard’s pantomime Aladdin. Upon making her entrance at the end of the trap scene, she fell through the vamp trap, which was about to be secured. She escaped with one or two bruises and a severe shock, but was able to resume her part.

The Era – 27th January 1906

Gladys Raymond – The Stage, Chit Chat – 25th January 1906

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Female Stars of Musical Theatre in Edwardian England

I recently bought a copy of “Female Stars of Musical Theatre in Edwardian England” by Christopher Frost, and the link for further information can be found here.

There are 286 actresses covered along with 358 illustrations over 304 pages so I have only just “dipped” into this book, but the actresses I have looked at, Lily Elsie, Gabrielle Ray and Gladys Raymond are well researched and well written with reproductions of postcards showing each actress from the author’s own collection. My only critism is that there isn’t an index which would make cross referencing actresses and easier but that’s just my preference and doesn’t detract from the quality of the book.

October 12, 2016 Posted by | Actress, Gabrielle Ray, Gladys Raymond, Lily Elsie, Social History, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Family tree

The Cook family tree is proving to be a tangled web to unravel and so my thanks to all those who have given me advice and provided me with various pieces of to this puzzle. If there any errors please feel free to let me know in order that I can make the necessary corrections.

The Cook Family

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