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 Casino Girl – Brighton Gazette, Hove Post, Sussex & Surrey Telegraph – Thursday 31st July 1902

THE THEATRE ROYAL.

“The Casino Girl” is quite as fascinating as her many prototypes, and her second visit to the Theatre Royal this week finds her more popular than before. The Ben Greet Company contains many other girls besides the vivacious French milliner of the title role, and the chief characteristics of the musical comedy are pretty dances and faces, and handsome costumes. These, together with the irresistible humour of Mr J. E. Sullivan as Pilsener Pasha – his original part at the Shaftesbury Theatre – are the chief factors in the success of the play. Mr Ludwig Englander’s music contains a good many catchy selections, including a spirited Sousa parody, the topical song “it’s a habit they’ve got,” and a couple of sentimental items, all of which fetched double encores on Monday night. Miss Maud Darling is excellent in the title role as Laura lee, an ex-Casino actress, with a tricky French style and a pleasant voice. She was repeatedly encored for her singing and dancing, and the song, “I love my boy,” followed by a graceful dance, was a very popular item. Mr Sullivan’s fund of humour is quite irresistible. Those who saw him as the “polite lunatic” in “The Belle of New York” will know that he has an original vein of humour, upon which his part as the eccentric Pasha makes great demands. He was, however, quite equal to the occasion, and it was impossible to keep a straight face with him on the stage. He had a strong supporter in Mr Eardley Turner as the picturesque vagabond Gaggs. Mr Turner is a character actor of conspicuous ability, and made the most of a genuinely funny part. His rendering of the humorous song, “Same old story; nothing new,” was quite one of the features of the performance, and met with an enthusiastic reception. The comic element is also well sustained by Mr Stanley White and Mr O. E. Lemmon, as Ben Muley, the chief of a gang of thieves and his lieutenant respectively. The couple are excellent dancers, and Mr Lemmon’s acrobatic eccentricities afforded a great deal of amusement. Then Miss Madge Cleaver as Mrs H. Malaprop Rocks, the elderly American whose knowledge of the language is elementary and remarkable, is responsible for a good many hearty laughs. An attractive dancer and vocalist is Miss Gabrielle Ray, who as Dolly Twinkle, the leading artiste of Gaggs opera company, introduced some very popular items, and was frequently encored. Miss A. Poole was also very fascinating as Lotta Rocks, and is a dainty little dancer. The only sentimental part is in the hands of Mr Walter Balfour, a Young English doctor in love with the Casino Girl. He has a very fine voice, and his solo, “I love my love in the springtime,” was admirably rendered, but he never seemed quite at home in his acting. The chorus is particularly strong and well dressed, and many charming stage pictures are seen. On Monday night the audience were most enthusiastic, and with the exception of one or two periods in which the play drags a little “The Casino Girl” is exceedingly bright and attractive.

There is to be a Matinee performance to-day (Thursday) at 2 p.m.

Brighton Gazette, Hove Post, Sussex & Surrey Telegraph – Thursday 31st July 1902

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Gabrielle Ray (Rotary 2878 C)

Gabrielle Ray (Rotary 2878 C)

The Casino Girl (Rotary 1677 O)

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The Casino Girl (Rotary 3568 A)

Gabrielle Ray as “Dolly Twinkle” in "The Casino Girl" 1900 (Rotary 3568 A)

The Casino Girl (Rotary 1677 P)

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The Casino Girl (Rotary 3585 A)

Gabrielle Ray as “Dolly Twinkle” in "The Casino Girl" 1900  (Rotary 3585 A)

The Casino Girl (Rotary 1677 Q)

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The Casino Girl (J. Beagles 77 V)

Gabrielle Ray as “Dolly Twinkle” in "The Casino Girl" 1900 (J. Beaglea 77 V)

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Gabrielle Ray (Rotary 3773 A)

Gabrielle Ray (Rotary 3773 A) 1906

 

The Casino Girl (Rotary 1677 Q)

The Casino Girl (Rotary 1677 O)

Gabrielle Ray (The Wrench 10556)

Gabrielle Ray (Rotary 1677 L)

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Gabrielle Ray (Rotary 3997 B)

Gabrielle Ray (Rotary 3997 B) 1909

 

The Casino Girl (Rotary 1677 R)

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The Casino Girl (Rotary 1677 R)

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English Rose – The Telegraph – 2013

Gabrielle Ray (Rotary 1677 Q)

Gabrielle Ray was an Edwardian actress and dancer who became one of the first pin ups. A contemporary described her as a “a vision of loveliness with large blue eyes and a heart-shaped face framed in a mist of burnished golden hair”. Thousands of postcards depicting her in extravagant theatrical costumes survive from the period.

The Telegraph

The Casino Girl (Rotary 1677 Q)

 

 

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Gabrielle Ray – The Casino Girl – Hull Daily Mail – 1902

Gabrielle Ray - The Casino Girl - Hull Daily Mail - Tuesday 18 February 1902

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