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?'

Gabriel Ray – The Stage – Thursday 9th September 1920

HERE, THERE, & EVERYWHERE

By BERT LEVY

 

London, Monday, Sept. 6

Fate took me this evening to the first show at the Woolwich Hippodrome, where I enjoyed the ability of Tom Stuart. Tom is the Captain Bairnsfather of the variety halls, for some of his concert types are just as true to life and as likeable as Bairnsfather’s “Old Bill,” “Alf” and “Bert” are on the printed page. Stuart would do well in America, for there is hardly a city in the U.S.A. whose audiences would not scream at his cock-eyed semi pickled tenor or his pompous baritone, while the Italian study he does would alone put him (Stuart) over. While waiting for Tom to appear I had a pleasant surprise in Mollie Butler on second, but worthy of a star spot. Dear Miss Butler, I am on old music-hall reporter, and I have flattered myself that I was immune to the “dying child” stuff that is about done to death. But you “got me” with that little French recitation so quietly and so simply done, and you have a real tear in your voice as well as in your eye. To sum it up, you speak like a cultured girl. I enjoyed your work, and hope to see you again.

Back to town in time to see part of the show at the Palladium. Laughed heartily at Jack Pleasants and thoroughly enjoyed Gabriel Ray, whose dainty act goes to prove that cleanliness and sweetness is a marketable vaudeville commodity. I chatted for some time with Gabriel in her dressing-room, and found her just as nice “off” as “on.” The one thing I particularly admired about Miss Ray is her humane treatment of the children in her act. All the little tots love their leading lady, and they look forward to their nightly summons to her room to have the finishing touches put to their make-up by Miss Ray herself. From the dressing-room I heard the big applause finish of the Pounds Sister’ act, but missed the opportunity see Lorna and Toots work.

The Stage – Thursday 9th September 1920

 

 

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The Palladium – The Tatler – 14th April 1920

Gabrielle Ray.

Last week in the variety theatres the chief excitement came from the welcome return of an old favourite, Gabrielle Ray,

who is as pretty as ever, and sings and dances infinitely better than she used to,

scoring a great success in a new song and dance scena at the Palladium.

The Tatler – 14th April 1920

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Little Bradford Mites on a London Stage

Little Bradford Mites on a London Stage

 A Brief and Joyous Sequel to Pantomime.

London, Tuesday Night.

Following Miss Gabrielle Ray through a labyrinth of passages behind the scenes at the Palladium, this afternoon, I came upon a sight which seldom meets the eye in a theatre.

Ten little girls were busily munching buns and drinking tea.

They were some of the little ones who did so well in the Bradford Prince’s Theatre pantomime that Miss Ray has brought them to London, partly as a treat, and here they are winning hearts at the Palladium, as they did in Bradford.

You have not much time to spare when you are “working” at the Palladium. There is a matinee every day, and two “houses” a night. So one was not surprised to see the Bradford kiddies feeding away with the make-up on their cheeks.

A merry party they were, shouting and laughing to the distraction of their kind-hearted “matron,” who confessed that her charges are a real handful. Eight of them are “pure Bradford,” born and bred, and have never seen London before. They are staying until Sunday week, they told me in chorus.

“Then where are you going?” I asked. Faces fell. Evidently it is not a popular prospect. The reply was still in chorus, but pianissimo, “Back to Bradford.”

The children are staying in a comfortable hotel, not very far from the theatre, and some of them say they know the way there alone already. In the morning they have to concentrate, as much as they can in their whirl of excitement, upon the awful nuisance of “lessons.” In the afternoon they do their little song and dance, then have tea and then more lessons. In the evening the song and dance come on twice, once at each performance, but by ten o’clock they are in bed.

I believe there was some heart searching when the time came to select from Mr. Francis Laidler’s Bradford troupe of “Sunbeams” who were to come to town; and from what she tells me, Miss Ray had a difficult task in making the choice. The lucky ones are really having a huge treat. They opened big eyes at the sight of so many people; in fact the streets are a source of never ending wonder to them. They are going to be taken to the Zoo, where already in imagination there are all sorts of animals so wonderful that even the Brontosaurus seems as ordinary as the house cat.

And when they get back home? I asked them about that. The little mites seemed rather doleful, for there will be no pantomime. But there is a good deal of philosophy in their little hearts, and they have decided that the only thing to do is look forward to the next one.

 

Yorkshire Evening Post, Wednesday 24th March 1920

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The Palladium – Nottingham Journal – Wednesday 24 March 1920

Miss Gabrielle Ray

 

It has been many years since Miss Gabrielle Ray, at one time the most popular postcard actress, was seen on the stage and the cordial reception which she had at the Palladium last night showed that her admirers had not forgotten her former triumphs. She appeared in several song scenes together with a group of pretty children, and her singing and dainty dancing were reminiscent of many of her popular success in musical comedy.

Nottingham Journal, Wednesday 24th March 1920

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Gabrielle Ray – The London Palladium – 1920

London Palladium, bill for the week beginning Monday, 16 August 1920

A poster for the London Palladium, advertising the bill for the week beginning Monday, 16 August 1920, with Gabrielle Ray assisted by Leslie BarkerPattman and his OrganPercy HonriJohnson ClarkLois Barker and Percy TarlingBert LevyMaggie Clifton and partner, The MandosMay HendersonMr Hymack and the Terry Twins.

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Alhambra, Bradford – Yorkshire Evening Post – 1920

Yorkshire Evening Post - Saturday 06 March 1920

Miss Gabrielle Ray will be at the Bradford Alhambra the week after next, opening there a tour of the variety theatres, and going thence, for a fortnight at the London Palladium. She will have Mr. Leslie Barker as dancing partner. Both in Bradford and in London a troupe of Mr. Laidler’s “Sunbeams” will appear with her.

The Palladium – The Stage – 1920

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Mary Liston – The Yorkshire Evening Post – 1920

Mary Liston - The Yorkshire Evening Post - Tuesday 6th April 1920

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The Palladium – The Stage – 30th October 1924

The Palladium - The Stage - 30th October 1924

May 11, 2013 Posted by | Actress, Gabrielle Ray, Social History, The Palladium, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Palladium – The Stage – 1920

The Palladium - The Stage - 18th March 1920

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The Palladium – The Stage – 1921

The Pallidum - The Stage - 22nd September  1921

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