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?'

Play Summary

Plays

I have reproduced a list of the plays that Miss Ray performed in and where possible I have added links to each production in which she appeared.

  • Date:   16th October – 27th  October 1893

Production:     “The Green Bushes, Maimi ”

Theatre:   The Princess Theatre, Oxford Street, London.

Comments:  This was Miss Ray’s debut performance as Eveleen, a comic operetta (Maimi) by John Hollingshead from the original Adelphi play “The Green Bushes” by John Baldwin Buckstone.

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  • Date: 1893 – 1984

Production:  Jack and the Beanstalk

Theatre:  Elephant and Castle Theatre, New Kent Road, London.

Comments:

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  • Date:   1894

Production:  “Proof, A Celebrated Case”

Theatre:  Elephant and Castle Theatre, New Kent Road, London.

Comments:  Written by Sir Francis Cowley Burnand. Appeared as “Adrienne” (the child)

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  • Date:  1893 – 1899

Production:   Little Red Riding Hood

Theatre:  Richmond Theatre

Comments:   Played a “Cupid” in this production.

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  • Date:   1894

Production:   Ballet at Blackpool  Carnival Electrique

Theatre:   The Winter Gardens, Blackpool.

Comments:   During her eraly years Miss Ray performed under the name of Bessie Ray appearing in Paul Valentine’s “Ballets at Blackpool” as the “Rose Queen”  The second ballet “Carnival Electrique”  sees  Bessie Ray as a clown. 

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  • Date:   1895

Production:   The Silver King

Theatre:   Theatre Royal, Richmond.

Comments:   Played the part of “Cissie”

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  • Date:   1895 – 1896

Production:   Sir Richard Whittington and His Cat

Theatre:   Royal, Richmond, London,

                     Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Comments:   Played the part of Sally Slut. Appeared under the stage name of “Bessie Ray”

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  • Date: 1897

Theatre: Grand Theatre, Douglas, Isle of Man

Production:  Little Red Riding Hood

Comments: Played the part of “Little Red Riding Hood” under the stage name of “Bessie Ray”

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  • Date:   January 1898

Theatre: New Theatre Royal, Stockport

Production:  Bo-Peep

Comments: Performed as a dancer.

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  • Date:  February 1897 /  22nd February 1897 /  December 1898

Theatre:  Burton-On-Trent / Lemington Spa /  Dalston

Production:   Aladdin

Comments:   Played the part of Petti-Sing

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  •   Date:   1899

Production:   Sinbad the Sailor

Theatre:   Lyric Opera House, Hammersmith, London.

Comments:   Played “Breath of the Morning” in a John East / Brian Daly pantomime.

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  • Date:   1889 – 1901

Production:   The Belle of New York

Theatre:   Touring

Comments:    Played the part of Mamie Clancy. Appeared under the stage name of “Bessie Ray”

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  • Date:   1900 – 1903

Production:   The Casino Girl

Theatre:   Touring

Comments:    A musical farce written by Harry B. Smith and Ludwig Englander. Played the part of Dolly Twinkle.

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  • Date:   June 1901

Production:   The Toreador

Theatre:   The Gaiety Theatre

Comments:   Understudied Gertie Millar who played the part of “Cora”. Co written by John Monckton and Ivan Caryll.

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  • Date:   24th December 1902 – 31st January 1903

Production:   Little Red Riding Hood

Theatre:   Lyric Opera House, Hammersmith.

Comments:  Played the part of Little Red Riding Hood. A pantomime co written by John East and Brian Daly.

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  • Date:   26th October 1903

Production:   The Orchid

Theatre:  Gaiety Theatre, London

Comments:   Played the part of “Thisbe.” Lyrics by Adrian Ross and Percy Greenbank.

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  • Date:   15th November 1903

Production:   The Girl from Kays

Theatre:   Apollo Theatre moving to the Comedy Theatre 14th December 1903 closing on 23rd January 1904

Comments:   Took over from Letty Lind towards the end of its run playing the part of Ellen, she also played the part of Nancy Lowley.

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  • Date:   17th December 1904 to 25th November 1905

Production:   Lady Madcap

Theatre:   Prince of Wales Theatre

Comments:  Played the part of “Susan” Lady’s Maid to “Lady Betty.” During the performance Miss Ray performed the popular Parisian dance “La Maxiam” with Dorothy Craske. The show ran for 354 performances.

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  • Date:  1906

Production:   The Little Cherub Revised as A Girl on Stage

Theatre:   Prince of Wales Theatre

Comments:   Played the part of “Lady Dorothy Congress.”

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  • Date:   1906

Production:  See See

Theatre:  Prince of Wales Theatre.

Comments:   Played the role of “So-Hie” “See See’s” Boy attendant.

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  • Date:   January 1907

Production:  The Merveilleuses /  The Lady Dandies

Theatre:   Daly’s Theatre

Comments:   Played the part of “Egle.”

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  • Date:   8th June 1907 – 31st July 1909

Production:   The Merry Widow

Theatre:   Daly’s Theatre.

Comments:   Played the role of “Frou Frou.”

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  • Date:   25th September 1909

Production:   The Dollar Princess

Theatre:   Daly’s Theatre.

Comments:   Played the role of “Daisy.”

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  • Date:   4th March 1911

Production:   Peggy

Theatre:  Gaiety Theatre

Comments:   Played the role of “Polly Polino.”

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After appearing in the production of “Peggy” Miss Ray left the theatre to marry Eric Loder. This proved to be unsuccessful and following their divorce she returned to the stage in 1915

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  • Date:   24th December 1915 (Miss Ray joined the production on Thursday 29th October 1915)

Production:   Betty

Theatre:  Prince’s Theatre, Manchester, (24th December 1914 – 30th January 1915)

               Daly’s Theatre, (24th April 1915 – 8th April 1916)

Comments:   A musical comedy in which she played “Estelle.”

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  • Date:   16th September 1916

Production:   Flying Colours

Theatre:   London Hippodrome, running for 203 performances.

Comments: 

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  • Date:  24th December 1919 – March 1920

Production:   Babes in the Wood

Theatre:   Prince’s Theatre, Bradford

Comments:   Pantomime. Played “Maid Marian.”

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  • Date:  20th March 1920

Production:  Tour

Theatre:  Alhambra, Bradford

Comments:  Appeared with Leslie Barker.

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  • Date:   22nd March 1920

Production:   Tour

Theatre:   The Palladium

Comments:  Appeared with Leslie Barker.

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  • Date:   1st May 1920

Production:   Tour

Theatre:   Palace Theatre, Manchester

Comments:  Appeared with Billy Merson.

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  • Date:   26th July 1920

Production:   Tour

Theatre:   Empire Theatre, Preston.

Comments:  Appeared with Leslie Barker.

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  • Date:   8th August 1920

Production:   Tour

Theatre:   King’s Theatre, Edinburgh.

Comments:  Appeared with Leslie Barker.

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  •  Date:   23rd December 1920 – 5th March 1921

Production:   Mother Goose

Theatre:   Theatre Royal, Manchester.

Comments:   Pantomime, played the part of “Rosie” (principal girl) with Dan Leno Junior as “Mother Goose”.

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  • Date:   20th April 1921

Production:   Tour

Theatre:   Palace Theatre, Manchester

Comments:  Appeared with Leslie Barker.

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  • Date:   6th June 1921

Production:   Tour

Theatre:   Hippodrome Theatre, Leeds

Comments:  Appeared with Leslie Barker.

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Date:   22nd December 1921 – 4th February 1922

Production:   Robin Hood or Babes in the Wood

Theatre:   Kings Theatre, Edinburgh.

Comments:   Played “Maid Marian” (principal girl)

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