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 – The Sporting Times – Saturday 4th April 1914

ROUND THE TOWN

 By SON OF THE MORNING

 

I looked in at the All Fools’ Day Revel at Covent Garden on Wednesday night, but, truth to tell, though it was very full, the proceedings were not particularly hilarious. In fact, the majority the participants wore a worried look, suggestive of unpaid rent, and obtrusive tax collectors. Well known people were scarce, but I caught a glimpse of Marie Lohr dancing energetically; Gabrielle Ray, otherwise Mrs. Eric Loder, in very natty sailor boy’s costume; Lily Elsie, who hardly left her box; while the men, Sir “Romeo” Stuart was here, there, and everywhere, and a young Guardsman of my acquaintance was very resplendent in the uniform his grandfather wore at Waterloo.

The Sporting Times – Saturday 4th April 1914

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Lily Elsie (Rotary 4827 C)

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Constance Drever – The Merry Widow – The Sphere – Saturday 18th July 1908

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Gabrielle Ray – The Theatrical Garden Party – The Referee – Sunday 1st June 1913

THE THEATRICAL GARDEN PARTY.

FOR THE ACTORS’ ORPHANAGE.

 

TRULY a wonderful array of attractions will be found at the Royal Hospital Gardens, Chelsea, next Tuesday. Weather or no, the tremendous programme will go on from three to seven unchecked, and no one can possibly get rain drenched, as so many thousands were last year, for this time everything will be roofed in.

The principal attractions – provided include a “meelodram” entitled “The Black Torture; or, Spottem from the Yard,” played by Mr. Cyril Maude and many other “ingredients of the City”; a revue arranged by Mr. Arthur Wimperis, and entitled “The Girl Who Took the Wrong Taxi”; “The Wildest and Worst Menagerie” (managed by the Actors’ Association); a pantomime revue entitled “Hullo! Cinderella!” directed by Mr. Robert Courtneidge; Mrs. Jarley’s Waxworks, managed by Messrs. Louis Meyer and Frank Collins and Miss Vane Featherston; a hat-trimming and hairdressing competition, run by Miss Phyllis Broughton, with Lady Alexander as judge; a Vaudeville Palace, with artists from the London Opera House; a burlesque of “Faust”  by members of Sir Joseph Beecham’s opera company; a Revue a la Mode, presented by certain members of the Empire company; a Shooting Gallery managed by Messrs. Gerald du Meurier and Guy Standing; and a Rickshaw of Roses, from which Mme. Pavlova will sell face powder and perfumes.

Among many other popular people who will assist are Sir George Alexander, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Bourchier, Miss Winifred Emery, Miss Pauline Chase, Mr. Henry Ainley, Mr. Paul Cinquevalli, Miss Clara Evelyn, Mr. Charles Hawtrey, Miss Marie Lloyd, Miss Lily Elsie, Mme. Adeline Genee, Mr. Lyn Harding, Mrs. Kendal, Miss Evelyn Millard, Miss Neilson-Terry, Miss Gabrielle Ray, Mr. and Mrs. George R. Sims, Sir Herbert Tree, and scores of others, whose names will be found on our back page.

N.B. – Tickets three shillings before the day.

 

The Referee – Sunday 1st June 1913

 

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Lily Elsie – See See (Rotary 4395 G)

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Lily Elsie as See See (Rotary 4395 H)

This card has the title of “Lily Elsie” as “See See” although that part was originally played by Denise Orme.

See See. A comic opera in two acts, opened 20th June 1906. Prince of Wales Theatre, managed by Edwardes.

Elsie took the rôle of Humming Bird for the start of the run of 152 performances.

This production closed 17th November 1906 with Mabel Russell in the rôle formerly played by Elsie.

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Lily Elsie as Humming Bird in See See – Play Pictorial – 1906

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Lily Elsie – The Dollar Princess (Rotary 11594 E)

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Gabrielle Ray – The Dollar Princess – John Bull – Saturday 16th October 1909

THE DRAMA OF TO-DAY

By M. Clement Scott.

“THE DOLLAR PRINCESS,”

So far as comic opera is concerned, the home-made material seems to have all been used up and, just as years ago England travelled to France and bought up most of the Ville Lumiere’s opera-bouffes, so Austria is now the hunting ground for these “musical melanges.”

But I have no hesitation in declaring “The Dollar Princess” – the latest importation from Austria – to be vastly superior, both in style and form, to her defunct sister, “The Merry Widow,” and when “The Dollar Princess” was produced in German, it must have been a wonderful and altogether charming entertainment.

Unfortunately, over here we are from a complaint suffering a complaint I should call “non-singitis,” and the vocalists required to make this kind of operetta of the highest class are not in evidence for the moment.

In the days of “Dorothy,” when there was such a combined wealth of talent as Marie Tempest, Hayden Coffin, Ben Davies, etc., London was able to compete favourably with any foreign operetta troupe, but, alas! the “Dorothy” days are no more, and no star singers have been found to step into the empty shoes that either Marie Tempest or the other artistes left behind them.

Lily Elsie, sweet as she is to look upon, and constituting a “draw” as she perhaps may do, is not a Marie Tempest. She has not the magnetism, the brilliantly clever acting abilities, nor the exquisite voice with which Miss Tempest drew us all to her prettly little feet, neither has Mr. Robert Michaelis the popularity enjoyed by Mr. Hayden Coffin.

I cannot help saying, too, that “The Dollar Princess” has been poorly translated, that the book leaves much to be desired, and that George Edwardes has not selected a particularly good cast.

Miss Gabrielle Ray, for instance, should never be allowed to sing, for the excellent reason that she has little or no voice; the same thing applies also to Joseph Coyne. However, the management evidently thinks differently, and although both Gabrielle Ray and Joseph Coyne are excellent dancers, they “two-step” it too little and “wibble warble” too much, and when they take part in some of the most important numbers of Leo Fall’s melodious work, I sit amazed and apprehensive as to the result of their feeble vocal efforts.

Miss Lily Elsie, as “The Dollar Princess,” is just Miss Lily Elsie, as she was in “The Merry Widow.” I cannot speak too highly in praise of Miss Emmy Wehlen – she is an artiste to her finger-tips. Her singing and acting in the first act relieves it from the dulness which threatens it the moment before she makes her entrance.

The music is of that tuneful and haunting kind that will probably be whistled all over the town in less than no time.

As for the general mise-en-scene, the frocks, the colouring and the gorgeous surroundings, George Edwardes has surpassed himself, and everyone knows what that means.

If “The Merry Widow” waltzed along as gaily as she did in Leicester Square for over two years, then surely “The Dollar Princess” will remain at Daly’s Theatre indefinitely, for she is infinitely the more attractive of the two ladies.

John Bull –  Saturday 16th October 1909

 

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Lily Elsie – The Dollar Princess (Rotary 11555 A)

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