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?'

Dora Langham (Foulsham & Banfield Ltd)

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Emmy Wehlen – The Merry Widow – The Sketch – Wednesday 31st March 1909

MADE A MERRY WIDOW BY THE “FLU.”: MISS EMMY WEHLEN, WHO IS PLAYING SONIA AT DALY’S.

When last we published some portraits of Miss Wehlen it was uncertain when Londoners would see her. The uncertainty no longer exists, for the young actress is playing Sonia, Miss Lily Elsie’s part, in “The Merry Widow,” at Daly’s. Miss Elsie is out of the cast for a fortnight, that she may have opportunity to recover from a sharp attack of “flu,” and Miss Wehlen is appearing in her stead for that time. On Miss Elsie’s return Miss Wehlen will understudy her. The new Merry Widow was born at Mannheim, has acted with much success in musical plays at Munich and other places on the Continent, and made her greatest “hit” as a comedienne in “Mitternachtsmadchen.” In five months she has learned to speak English well.

 

The Sketch – Wednesday 31st March 1909

 

 

 

Emmy Wehlen – c1910

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Daisy Irving – The Merry Widow – The Tatler – Wednesday 10th July 1907

The Talk of the Town

 

PRINCE DANILO (MR. JOSEPH COYNE) AND SONIA (MISS LILY ELSIE) DANCING THE MUCH-TALKED-OF WALTZ

This scene, the most important of the second act, sees the delightful waltz which from the first performance has evoked scenes of extraordinary enthusiasm on the part of the audience

 

BARON POPOFF (MR. GEORGE GRAVES) TELLS A FUNNY STORY

 

Mr. Graves’s sayings throughout the piece are irresistible and evoke roars of laughter.

Seated on his right are: Frou-Frou (Miss Daisie Irving), Margot (Miss Margot Erskine),

To-To (Miss Mabel Munroe), and on his left Jou-Jou (Miss Dolly Dombey)

 

In “The Merry Widow” Mr. George Edwardes has found a comic opera which will fill Daly’s Theatre for many months to come. In every way in music, in lyrics, in acting a genuine success has been found, and it is hard to say to whom should he awarded the honours of the occasion. Never have the famous band of drolls Mr. Joseph Coyne, Mr. George Graves, Mr. W. H. Berry, and Mr. Fred Kaye acted better, and if only for the introduction of Miss Lily Elsie is Mr. Edwardes to be cordially thanked for “The Merry Widow.”

The whole town is now ringing with the haunting strains of the beautiful dance in the second act of “The Merry Widow,” charmingly interpreted by Mr. Coyne and Miss Elsie, and the music which has delighted a continent is giving equal delight here. In M. Franz Lehar is the true successor to Offenbach, and it is to be hoped that London will soon see further examples of his true musical talent. A word is due to our contributor, Mr. Adrian Ross, for his very pleasing lyrics for this most successful piece.

 

SCENE FROM ACT III. – SONIA TO THE PRINCE: “I LOVE YOU I I LOVE YOU!  I’VE ALWAYS LOVED YOU!”

 

The names of the characters, reading from left to right, are: Nisch, messenger to the legation (Mr. W. H. Berry); Sylvaine (Miss Irene Desmond);

M. de St. Brioche Mr. Gordon Cleather); Natalie, wife of Baron Popoff (Miss Elizabeth Firth); Baron Popoff (Mr. George Graves); Prince Danilo (Mr. Joseph Coyne);

Sonia (Miss Lily Elsie); General Novikovich (Mr. Fred Kaye); Olga, wife of Novikovich (Miss Nina Sevening)

M. Khadja (Mr.V. 0’Conncor and the Marquis de Cascada (Mr. Lennox Pawle)

 

The Tatler – Wednesday 10th July 1907

 

Daisy Irving – The Tatler – Wednesday 24th July 1907

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Daisy Irving – The Tatler – Wednesday 24th July 1907

In June 1907 Daisy Irving created the role of Frou Frou in The Merry Widow at Daly’s when Gabrielle Ray, for whom the role of Frou Frou was intended, was taken ill. She reverted to a slightly smaller role of Lo-Lo when Gabrielle Ray had recovered, then briefly played the title role in 1909

Frost, C. (2016) “The Female Stars of Musical Theatre in Edwardian England,” The
Lavenham Press, Lavenham, Suffolk. (p 161)

 

Daisy Irving – 1910

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The Merry Widow (Aristophot E.B.135)

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Daly’s Theatre – E. F. A; London Theatre Series no 1004 – 16th December 1907

The reverse shows that the sender attended the 279th performance and their comment was correct at the show ran for a total of 778 performances

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Amy Webster – The Merry Widow – The London Daily News – Tuesday 11th June 1907

 

DALY’S THEATRE

 THIS EVENING at 8.30. THE MERRY WIDOW

 

Messrs Robert Evett, W H. Barry, Lennox Pawle, Gordon Cleather, Fred Kaye, V. O’Connor, R. Roberts and Joseph Coyne and George Graves;

Misses Elizabeth Firth, Nina Sevening, Irene Desmond, K Welch, A Webster, D. Dunbar, D. Dombey, D. Irving, P. le Grand, M. Munroe, M. Erskine, G. Lester, M. Russell and Lily Elsie.

 

The London Daily News – Tuesday 11th June 1907

 

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The Merry Widow (Rotary 4869 D)

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Gabrielle Ray – The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News – Saturday 17th April 1909

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Gabrielle Ray – The Merry Widow – The Manchester Evening News – Monday 2nd August 1909

“THE MERRY WIDOW.”

Remarkable Scenes.

 

Remarkable scenes were witnessed at Daly’s Theatre, London, on Saturday night, when the 778th and final performance of “The Merry Widow” was given. Miss Lily Elsie (“The Merry Widow”), Mr. Joseph Coyne (her partner in the waltz), Miss Gabrielle Ray, Mr. W. B. Berry, Mrs. Robert Evett, and others were much applauded, and at the close each was recalled and the ladies were presented with bouquets.

 

The Manchester Evening News – Monday 2nd August 1909

 

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