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Gabrielle Ray – The Dollar Princess

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Gabrielle Ray – The Dollar Princess – The Westminster Gazette – Thursday 23rd September 1909

Many familiar names figure in the cast of “The Dollar Princess,” which is to be presented at Daly’s Theatre on Saturday evening. Miss Lily Elsie, Miss Gabrielle Ray, Mr. Joseph Coyne, and Mr. W. Berry are all established favourites with the musical comedy public, and if the work does not achieve success it will certainly be due to no deficiencies in the method of its presentation. But then such a contingency is, of course, unthinkable, for in the case of a George Edwardes production at Daly’s Theatre success may be assumed as a matter of course.

The Westminster Gazette – Thursday 23rd September 1909

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May Kinder

 

LATEST STAGE WEDDING.

 

A marriage is reported to have taken registry office yesterday between Miss May Kinder and Mr. Henry J Delaval Astley, son of Lady Florence Willoughby. Miss Kinder made her at the Shaftesbury Theatre “The Arcadians,” and is now appearing in “The Dollar Princess” Daly’s Theatre. She is the daughter Mr. and Mrs. William Kinder, Philadelphia, U.S.A., who belong an old Quaker family. The bridegroom, who is 21 years of age, is, through his father, connected with the Barony of Hastings, and, through his mother, with the Marquisate of Conyngham.

 

The Nottingham Evening Post – Wednesday 27th October 1909

CROMWELL AND THE STAGE.

 

To historical students it would seem a far cry from the stern Puritan, Oliver Cromwell, to The Dollar Princess at Daly’s Theatre, but the association arises through the recent marriage of Miss May Kinder, a pretty actress at Daly’s Theatre, to Mr. Henry Astley, a member of the Russell-Astley family, whose coming of age a few months ago was celebrated with great festivities at Chequers Court in Buckinghamshire, the hereditary seat of the family. The Astleys do not now live at Chequers Court but they did so for two centuries, and they formerly possessed there all the most interesting memorials of Cromwell that have come down to us. Cromwell’s daughter, Frances, married a Russell hence the interesting association. Miss Kinder is an American from Philadelphia. In The Merry Widow she was understudy to Miss Gabrielle Ray in The Dollar Princess she has been playing the part of Dulcie Du Cros, the Californian girl. Mr. Astlev’s mother was of the Marquis Conyngham’s family, thus having a certain relation with Byron.

 

The Sphere – Saturday 6th November 1909

A Theatrical Marriage.

 

Miss May Kinder, whose portrait together with her husband, Mr. Henry Jacob Delaval Astlev, is given here, is a young American actress who until her marriage a few days ago was appearing under Mr. George Edwardes’s banner in The Dollar Princess at Daly’s Theatre. A short time ago, it will be remembered, Miss Kinder appeared as Chrysea in The Arcadians at the Shaftesbury, but she was only lent by Mr. Edwardes until the Daly’s new piece was ready. Her husband, who is only just twenty-one, is the son of Lady Florence Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby. It is not expected that Miss Kinder will return to the stage now that she is married, which item of news will certainly fill the hearts of London playgoers with regret. There are few so pretty and modest little actresses appearing in musical comedy as Miss May Kinder, and her charming personality and attractive singing voice will be greatly missed.

 

The Tatler – Wednesday 10th November 1909

May Kinder appeared in The Merry Widow as Zo-Zo in 1908 and understudied Miss Ray whose part, Frou Frou she played in September 1908. She later played the role of Dulcie du Cros, a Californian Girl in The Dollar Princess at Daly’s in September 1909. She resigned her role in The Dollar Princess soon after marrying Henry Astley on 29th October 1909. On 21st December 1912 Astley was killed whilst demonstrating flying at the Balmoral Show Grounds in Belfast. May inherited her husband’s substantial fortune including Chequers, her husband’s ancestral home which she later sold to Viscount Lee of Fareham who, in 1917, presented it to the nation as a country retreat for Prime Ministers (which remains in use today).

 

Frost, C. (2016) “The Female Stars of Musical Theatre in Edwardian England,” The Lavenham Press, Lavenham, Suffolk. (p172)

 

The Dollar Princess – Programme – 1909

Stage and Cromwell – The World’s News Sydney, NSW) – 1909

 

 

 

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Gabrielle Ray – The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News – Saturday 2nd September 1911

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Gabrielle Ray – The Dollar Princess – The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News – Saturday 27th August 1910

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Gabrielle Ray – The Dollar Princess – The Daily Mirror – Monday 27th September 1909

“THE MERRY WIDOW’S” SUCCESSOR.

£20,000 Worth of Seats Booked for “The Dollar Princess.”

 £10,000 PLAY.

 

“The Dollar Princess” promises to rival even “The Merry Widow,” its famous predecessor, in popularity.

It cost £lO,OOO to mount, but £20,000 worth of seats were booked before the curtain went up on Saturday night at Daly’s, and its first performance was a triumphant success.

Nor is this very wonderful. The music was pretty, and of a high class, too; the acting was a long, long way above the ordinary run of musical comedy; the comic element was there, and not forced; the dresses were charming, and the scenery beautiful.

Mr. Edwardes has produced a piece which ought to rim comfortably into its second year.

The plot of the play is simple and hangs on the “almighty” dollar. All the servants at the establishment of Harry Conder, the multi-millionaire, are ruined members of the English aristocracy.

 

FASCINATING COUNTESS

Conder – Mr. Joseph Coyne – engages as housekeeper the Countess Olga (Miss Emmy Wehlen), formerly a lion-tamer. He falls in love with her, and, in spite of all his friends and family can, say and do, insists on marrying her.

Miss Wehlen scored a hit the first moment she appeared, and she never lost her grip on the audience. Her fascination is something quite out of the ordinary, and Miss Wehlen, besides having a fine voice, is a clever and extremely natural actress. Daisy (Miss Gabrielle Ray), Conder’s cousin, picks out John Earl of Quorn for a husband and marries him on the understanding that there is to be no silly love-making.

When he leaves her, however, she naturally follows him and all is well. Miss Gabrielle Ray and Basil Foster make a fine pair, and play to each other splendidly. Alice – Miss Lily Elsie – Conder’s sister, falls in love with Freddie Fairfax, the only untitled Englishman of the lot. Alice proposes quite calmly to marry Fairfax, but the latter has some pride left and declines. In the last act we find him a millionaire, having literally struck oil. Alice pretends to have lost all her money, and applies to Fairfax for the post of secretary at ten dollars a month, which was what Fairfax had as her secretary.

Then, of course, all is merry and bright, and the curtain comes down with the pair in each other’s arms.

Miss Lily Elsie scored the greatest success of her life on Saturday night. Her voice, always good, has improved immensely, and her acting is very dainty and polished. Mr. Robert Michaelis also had a great success.

Mr. Joseph Coyne played Harry Conder to the life. Mr. Evelyn Beerbohm was a perfect sketch of an absent-minded dandy; and W. H. Berry was really funny, and, without trying to force the part, kept the house laughing all the time he was on.

 

The Daily Mirror – Monday 27th September 1909

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Gabrielle Ray – The Dollar Princess – The Referee – Sunday 21st August 1910

Miss Gabrielle Ray returned to Daly’s Theatre last Monday evening,

after a holiday aboard, resuming her original part of Daisy in “The Dollar Princess.”

 

The Referee – Sunday 21st August 1910

Mabel Russell – The Dollar Princess – The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News – Saturday 27th August 1910

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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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