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 Little Cherub – 1906

Wit and Humour

(From “Punch”)

 

It is indeed a pleasure to see the drama at last emerging from the state of sluggish insipidity which has so long diagnosed it. At the Prince of Wales’ Theatre four of our most lovely actresses now play a game of football on the stage, in the course of which Miss Gabrielle Ray kicks the ball into the auditorium. We doubt whether this theatrical history of any country could point to a more saucy incident.

 

Dublin Evening Mail – Saturday 31st March 1906

 

 

Actress as Footballer.

 

During the run of “The Little Cherub” at the Prince of Wales’s Theatre, London, Miss Gabrielle Ray has so often kicked the improvised football in the hotel scene into the “prompt” box, that she has accepted a challenge, and prepared back herself for £5 to land the ball into that box on any occasion.

 

Sheffield Evening Telegraph – Friday 23rd March 1906

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Gabrielle Ray (Rapid 3031)

Gabrielle Ray (Rapid 3031)

 

The sender wrote the details of the performance, “The Little Cherub” they saw on 26th March 1906 and the Prince of Wales’ Theatre and The Morning Post – Monday 26th March 1906 shows the principle cast members.

As the card has been signed by Miss Ray it suggests that the sender may have asked for her autograph at the end of the show.

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Gabrielle Ray (Cigarette card No 16)

The Little Cherub (Rotary 2008 Y)

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Amy Webster – The Little Cherub -The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News – Saturday 14th April 1906

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Gabrielle Ray – The Little Cherub – The Morning Post – Tuesday 16th January 1906

In addition to Miss Ray, Amy Webster also appears in The Little Cherub production

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A Girl on Stage – Sheffield Daily Telegraph – Monday 7th May 1906

A Girl on Stage - Sheffield Daily Telegraph - Monday 7th May 1906

Mr. George Edwardes’s Wise Move.

This contretemps had, if anything, the effect of giving a sympathetic touch to the great favour with which the new piece, based on the old, was received last night. “The Girl on the Stage,” though it is nothing to gush over, is a decided improvement in taste and refinement on its predecessor. The characters remain much the same, but the songs, a good deal of the dialogue, and much of the business are different. The vocal hit of the present performance is made by Miss Gabrielle Ray, who, in “Merry-go-Round,” by a new composer, Mr. Jerome D. Kern, simply captivates the house. Miss Zena Dare is pretty, too, especially as a Pierrot in a wonderful scene in which rose-pink Pierrettes are grouped in lavish and beautiful profusion.

Sheffield Daily Telegraph – Monday 7th May 1906

A Girl on Stage – The Times – 1906

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The Little Cherub (J. Beagles G 731 G)

Gabrielle Ray as “Lady Dorothy Congress” in "The Little Cherub" 1906  (J. Beagles G 731 G)

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The Little Cherub (Rotary 5815 A)

Gabrielle Ray as “Lady Dorothy Congress” in "The Little Cherub" 1906  (Rotary 5815 A)

The Little Cherub (Rotary 4024 N)

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Lily Elsie (Rotary 1996 H)

Lily Elsie (Rotary 1996 H)

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The Little Cherub – Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) – 1906

The Little Cherub - Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) - Wednesday 28 February 1906

Theatrical Tit Bits

In “The Little Cherub,” four daughters of “Lord Sanctobury,” a sanctimonious old humbug, played by Fred Kaye, tell of the fun they would have if only they had been boys. They take a melon from the table and play football with it. Their “passing”  is quick enough to make the “All Blacks” tremble, while the final goal kicked by Miss Ray is electrifying.

Just the very daintiest moving picture in the world is Miss Ray as a pink Cupid shooting at little soldiers and sailors and belted earls strung in a row on an arch or roses, while tiny winged Lovers her through tiny glasses. Then she dances, and “O she dances such a way,” driving her team of amorini before her with a rope of roses, that the house thunders an encore at her. Chunk of enthusiasm from London “Sporting Times” notice of “The Little Cherub” – George Edwards’ latest production. “The Little Cherub,” at The Prince of Wales,’ is the most amusing musical play running in London. Our old friend Maurice Farkoa plays an amorous Rajah, and sings like a coffee-coloured archangel.

Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) – Wednesday 28 February 1906

The Little Cherub – The Sketch – 1906

The Little Cherub – The Play Pictorial – 1906

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