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 (Rotary X.C.183-E)


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See See – Theatre Advert (Stafford & Co; Ltd)

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Eric Loder – The Liverpool Echo – Friday 8th November 1957


A short excerpt from an article about Joseph Maguire’s book “The Sea My Surgery” in which he mentions Mr and Mrs Eric Loder


Some cabin stewards and stewardesses cancelled their leave if they knew that passengers like Major and Mrs. Eric Loder were making their annual double trip. The Loders vent half the year in the south of France and the other six months in Florida or Nassau. Year after year they had the same suite and the same servants. They thought so highly of Robson the bedroom steward, that they gave him and his wife a holiday on the Riviera.

The Liverpool Echo – Friday 8th November 1957


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The Belle Of New York – The Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser – Saturday 4th April 1931



 Students’ Day and Opera Week


We hear, this week, of two further contributions to the effort which the Town Council is making to increase the local donations to the Glasgow Infirmaries.




The other contribution is to be made by our local operettists, who are making an excursion into the realms of popular musical comedy, when they revive “The Belle of New York” in the Town Hall from the 22nd to the 25th of this month. There is already every evidence that this will be by far the most popular show the Crusaders lave ever presented; the “box office” at Messrs Alex Pettigrew’s in Main Street testifies to a record first week of booking.

It is particularly interesting that the local revival should follow so closely on the revival at, Daly Theatre, “The Belle,” which had its first night there on Thursday of this week is the first of a series of musical comedies of the nineties which are being revived by Mr Bannister Howard. Miss Edna May, who leapt to fame overnight in the leading part, was in London this week at the first performance. “I don’t look upon this experiment of bringing back the old favourites,” says, Mr Howard in the “Sunday Post,” “the light of a gamble. I feel certain jazz-tired theatregoers will enjoy the quiet charm of the big hits of 30 years ago. They (the modern songs) have no glorious lilt like the songs Edna May and Gabriel Ray in “The Belle.” You remember the big chorus:-

“Teach me how to kiss, dear teach me how to squeeze;

Teach me how to sit upon your sympathetic knee.”

The Words of the best-known choruses are being printed in the programme for the local production. It is confidently expected that the show which ran for seven hundred performances on its fist appearance, will easily fill the local Town Hall for four nights, both with people to whom “The Belle” is a happy memory, and with those to whom it is only a name.


The Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser – Saturday 4th April 1931


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This Was The “Gaiety” – Liverpool Echo – Thursday 24th November 1949



 This Was The “Gaiety” Girls And Glamour


So the famous Gaiety Theatre, in the Strand, is to be reopened. Shades of stage-door johnnies; supper at Romano’s – now no more – and Rules (behind the Adelphi, where Cochran ran two years with “Bless the Bride” and followed it with the less successful “Tough at the Top,” and which still remains pretty much the same); of champagne drunk from a chorus girl’s slipper – and it did happen; and the glamour girls who smiled, sang or danced their way into jewels, wealth and the peerage. Thus, at what the young reporter would call the psychological moment, comes “Gaiety, Theatre of Enchantment” (W. H. Allen, 20s), by that grand historian of the stage. W. Macqueen Pope, himself a figure in many theatrical enterprises through the years.

John Hollingshead, who founded the Gaiety, may be just a name, but the matinees he started became world-famous, and he made the theatre part of London’s gaiety itself. George Edwardes, who first joined him later took over, fathered the Gaiety Girl, is still remembered as a fabulous figure surrounded by beauties whose curves and smiles decorated millions of picture postcards, and made some men feel far too young. What oldster doesn’t remember Gertie Millar (later a countess), Marie Studholme (my own young dream), Margaret Bannerman, Belle Bilton, Rosie Boote (who became a marchioness), Camille Clifford, Constance Collier, Ada Reeve, Evie Green, Lily Elsie, Ellaline Terriss, Isobel Elsom, Gaby Deslys (said to have “dethroned” a king), Mabel Love, Kate Vaughan, Nellie Farren, Sylvia Storey (another countess), Edna May, Gabrielle Ray, Gladys Cooper, Phyllis and Zena Dare – even schoolboys collected their pictures.

Pope has stories of them all and of the great actors and comedians, the managers, the authors and composers. Stars have their moments now, but their glamour is mostly on celluloid and bobby-soxers and hysterical young women get their clothes torn to get near their favourites (mostly women) when they “appear in flesh.” Compared with these ebullitions the stage-door johnnies were just odd men on a desert island. This is a grand book – 500 pages of stage cavalcade, with 100 pictures (and how queer some of the fashions look).

Liverpool Echo – Thursday 24th November 1949


October 7, 2018 Posted by | Actress, Biography, Gabrielle Ray, Social History, The Gaiety Theatre, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gabriel Ray – The Stage – Thursday 9th September 1920




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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Gabriel Ray – Scottish Referee – Monday 19th September 1904



In the course of my business, I see very many papers, some of them heavily illustrated. I mention the fact as a prelude to entering an emphatic protest against the condemnable persistence with which the editor men are printing portraits of Miss Gabriel Ray, a lady of the Gaiety. Miss Ray, I am delighted to admit, is an attractive looking girl – most attractive, in fact – a gem, in short, of purest Ray serene but that is no reason why the thing should he overdone in this maddening fashion. Presently there will be money for the editor who is able to advertise that his celebrated weekly contains not a single photograph of Miss Gabriel Ray. The X-ray in the zenith of its notoriety never received publicity of the kind that is coming the way of the other Ray.


Scottish Referee – Monday 19th September 1904

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The Orchid – The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News – 11th February 1905

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London Hippodrome Ball – The Referee – Sunday 9th January 1910





WHAT promises to be a record gathering of charming and beautiful actresses will be seen at the London Hippodrome Ball, to be held at Prince’s Galleries next Wednesday week.

Among the ladies who are on the committee and who, have promised to attend are the Misses Sybil Arundale, Jean Aylwin, Pauline Chase, Margaret Cooper, Kate Cutler, Phyllis Dare, Zena Dare, Lily Elsie, Elizabeth Firth, Marie George, Evie Greene, Maidie Legarde, Gracie Leigh, Maggie May, Olive May, Gertie Millar, Gabrielle Ray, Jessie Rose, Ellaline Terriess, Hilda Trevelyan, and Ruth Vincent.

The committee also includes Baron Oscar von Ernsthausen, Sir Bryon Leighton, Mr. Joseph Coyne, Mr. Seymour Hicks, Mr. Leslie Stuart, and Mr. George Graves.

The London Hippodrome’s splendid orchestra will be in attendance. Dancing at 11.30 pm. ; carriages at 4 a.m. The joint-secretaries of the ball are Mr. Fred Trussell and Mr. Thomas Miller. Tickets including supper, are a guinea each, and may be obtained at the box-aloe of the Hippodrome.


The Referee – Sunday 9th January 1910


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Flying Colours – New York Herald – Sunday, August 20th 1916


“Flying Colors” has been chosen by Mr. Albert de Courville as the title for the new revue which he is preparing for early production at the Hippodrome as a successor to “Joyland.” This production will see Miss Gabrielle Ray for the first time in revue, and Little Tich will have the leading comedy part. Mr. de Courville and Mr. Wal Pink are responsible for the book, and what should prove a novel and attractive feature will be a little “trench episode” written by Captain Bairnsfather, whose “Fragments from France” have so happily illustrated the humorous side of things connected with the war. For “Bairnsfatherland,” or “The Johnson ‘Ole,” as it is called, the author himself is turning his leave of absence to account in superintending the rehearsals, besides designing the scenery.

New York Herald – Sunday, August 20th 1916


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