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?'

The Hansel and Gretel Duet – The Dollar Princess – The Play Pictorial – 1909

The Hansel and Gretel Duet - The Dollar Princess - The Play Pictorial - 1909

 

The Hansel and Gretel Duet

Lily Elsie was not considered difficult or temperamental behind the scenes. She never said anything unkind about anyone and would try to be helpful, but she knew she was to be the star of the show, that it would be difficult for her to be seen at such good advantage as before, and it was not to be wondered at that she became highly strung. When from the back of the stalls she watched Joe Coyne and Gabrielle Ray rehearsing an amusing “Hansel and Gretel” duet she decided that she must have the number, and not “Gabs” Ray. Before leaving the theatre she let her wishes be known to George Edwardes, and it was not until he had promised her the duet with Coyne that she reappeared for further rehearsal. Contrary to all expectations, The Dollar Princess was another triumph for George Edwardes. The King of Portugal, on a visit to Buckingham Palace, saw Lily Elsie perform twice in one week and rumours of a romance were circulated. Lloyd George a friend of Edwardes’s, made a habit of watching Elsie’s performance from the wings.

Beaton, C. “Lovely Lily Elsie”,  cited in “The Rise and Fall of the Matinee Idol” Ed Curtis, A (1974), Weidenfeild and Nicholson, London. (P 9)

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Lily Elsie – The Dollar Princess – The Play Pictorial – 1909

Lily Elsie – The Dollar Princess – The Play Pictorial – 1909

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The Dollar Princess – The Bystander – 1909

The Dollar Princess - The Bystander -  6th October 1909

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The Dollar Princess – Theatre Advert – 1911

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The Dollar Princess – Theatre Advert – 1907

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Lily Elsie – The Dollar Princess – The Stage Year Book – 1911

Lily Elsie – The Dollar Princess – The Stage Year Book – 1911

Lily Elsie – The Dollar Princess – The Stage Year Book – 1911

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Alice O’Brien – Dundee Evening Telegraph – 1910

Alice O'Brien - Dundee Evening Telegraph - Thursday 04 August 1910

The Dollar Princess – Theatre Programme – 1910

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The Dollar Princess – Theatre Programme – 1910

This programme of “The Dollar Princess” has Miss Alice O’Brien playing the part of Alice whilst Miss Lily Elsie was taking a a break.

Hull Daily Mail - Friday 05 August 1910

Hull Daily Mail – Friday 5th August 1910

 

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The Dollar Princess – Programme – February 1909

 

This production of “The Dollar Princess” was performed at the King’s Theatre, Glasgow from Monday 8th February 1909 for six nights.

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The Dollar Princess – Programme – 1909

The Merry Widow – Programme – 1908

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