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 Merry Widow – The Daily Telegraph – Monday 9th September 1907

DALY’S THEATRE.

 “The Merry Widow” has more than fulfilled the promise of her first appearance; dainty, winsome and graceful, she has captured the hearts of the play-going public. Crowded houses at Daly’s attest her popularity, which seems only to increase with every performance. But Mr. George Edwardes has a particularly large-handed way with his patrons; even when the measure appears to be full, he is intent upon adding to its contents. In this spirit, although visitors to Daly’s are already abundantly satisfied with the fare offered them, Mr. Edwardes introduced on Saturday night a delightful little novelty, which served materially to enhance the pleasure of the evening. It also secured the presence in the cast of Miss Gabrielle Ray, in the role of the much-talked-about Frou Frou. Two chances she afforded of distinguishing herself, and of both she makes the very best use. In the second act Miss Ray appears with Mr. W. H. Berry in a duet, entitled “Little Simpleton,” which is rounded off in unorthodox fashion by a dance. Miss Ray’s success was as emphatic as it was instantaneous. Anything more easy, more refined, or more fascinating than her movements could not be imagined. In her style there were touches that recalled those distant days when Kate Vaughan, young, lithe, exquisite, took the town by storm, moving the Gaiety “boys” to a frantic exhibition of enthusiasm. Her successor belongs, of course, to a more modern school, a school which, if we may so express ourselves, has just the merest suspicion of the gymnasium about it. How attractive it is, however, everyone knows. In thy third set of “The Merry Widow” Miss Ray has another “song and dance,” hardly so effective perhaps as the first one, but in this too she is seen to marked advantage. The applause showered upon the newcomer on both occasions showed how thoroughly the audience appreciated Mr. Edwardes’s latest happy thought. For the rest, if there is anything more refreshingly comic or inconsequentially droll than Mr. George Graves’s portrait the fatuous Baron Popoff we should be glad to learn of it. Nor does Mr. Graves stand alone, for to the feast of merriment Mr. W. H. Berry, Mr. Lennox Pawle, Mr. Fred Kaye, and Mr. William Spray contribute their full share. In the momentary absence of Miss Lily Elsie the title-part in “The Merry Widow” is now entrusted to Miss Gertrude Lester, the possessor of an exceptionally sympathetic and powerful voice and of acting talents of no mean order. Nor must the valuable assistance given by Mr. Robert Evett as Jolidon and by Mr. Joseph Coyne as Prince Danilo be forgotten.

 

The Daily Telegraph – Monday 9th September 1907

 

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Gabrielle Ray – Betty – The Tatler – Wednesday 10th November 1915

Wonderful Gertie and Graceful “Gabs.”

Only the best of the species remain – Gertie Millar at the Palace and now Gabrielle Ray in Betty at Daly’s. Gertie Millar has not cultivated the “flashing” manner of review, but she has perfected the daintier one of musical-comedy, and the contrast between, say, Teddie Gerard and herself is piquant. Gabrielle Ray has returned far more vital and “alive” than when she went away. She puts into her work a flair and a “go” which was never there in her former Gaiety days. And, if anything, she is more bewitching to look at than ever! In the dainty, rather meaningless, dancing of musical-comedy she is still unapproached. Altogether her art has taken a new lease of life, and Betty will certainly profit by her coming. Lauri de Frece, in the part left vacant by the departure of W. H. Berry to the Adelphi, is not yet as funny as his predecessor, but, given time, he will certainly prove his worth. He is one of the few comedians who, what- ever part they play, are always artists, never simply buffoons.

The Tatler – Wednesday 10th November 1915

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Gabrielle Ray – Betty – The Globe – Saturday 30th October 1915

The Theatre

 Miss Gabrielle Ray in “Betty.”

 

There is all the charm of romance and much of the sparkle of real humour in “Betty,” thanks quite as much to the attractive grace of Miss Winifred Barnes as to the efforts of authors and composers, and to the bright comedy of Mr. Tom Walls as Lord Playne. Last night there was a new comer to the cast in Miss Gabrielle Ray, who, in returning to Daly’s found many friends to welcome her reappearance. She was always a delightful dancer, but Miss Ray has gained in her art as an actress, and both her singing and speaking voice has improved in quality. Her rentrée was a real success. All the fun and alertness of Mr. Laurie de Frece, the boyish sprit of Roy Royston, the “heavy father” efforts of Mr. C. M. Lowne, and the easy methods of Mr. Donald Calthrop as the young lord who wins and finally woos, help to make of the musical play a very fresh and amusing performance.

The Globe,  Saturday 30th October 1915

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Amy Webster – The Merry Widow – The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News – Saturday 15th June 1907

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Amy Webster – The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News – Saturday 6th April 1907

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Mabel Russell – The Dollar Princess – The Sporting Life – 17th December 1909

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Betty – The Globe – 25th Sep 1915

Betty - The Globe - 25th Sep 1915

Miss Gabrielle Ray returning to the stage.

Miss Gabrielle Ray, says the Daily Mail, is to return to the stage, and will make her appearance at Daly’s Theatre in about a fortnight as Estella, the pretty milliner, in “Betty.” She retired from Mr. George Edwardes’s management and the stage at the end of 19112. Yesterday she finally made up her mind that she would like to return to the theatre.

“Going back to Daly’s Theatre,” she said, “is almost like returning home after a long absence. The risk that I may be forgotten makes me nervous, but I have not forgotten the theatre, and I have not forgotten how to dance.”

The Globe – 25th Sep 1915

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The Orchid (Rotary 3191 F)

Gabrielle Ray as "Thisbe" in "The Orchid" 1903 (Rotary 3191 F)The Orchid – Cast – Photograph

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The Pathephone

The Pathephone

The Dollar Princess Souvenir Programme – 1910

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The Dollar Princess Souvenir Programme – 1910

Dublin Daily Express - Monday 26 September 1910

The “Dollar Princess”

There was a great rush for seats at Daly’s Theatre on Saturday night for the first anniversary of the “Dollar Princess.” After her success with the “Merry Widow” it seemed difficult for Miss Lily Elsie to score another triumph, but she has done so, and the celebration was marked by a souvenir of signed portraits of all the chief artists presented to everyone in the house. Miss Gabrielle Ray, Miss Elizabeth Firth, Mr. Joseph Coyne, Mr. Michaels, and Mr. Berry all had an enthusiastic welcome. There are fresh topical numbers for Mr. Berry, including a hit at Mr. Lloyd George, and the dances and songs are now recognised favourites, but have kept their freshness all the same. Not the least reason for that is the brilliant way in which the musical comedy is produced, with Mr. George Edwardes at his best.

Dublin Daily Express – Monday 26 September 1910

London Daily News - Monday 26 September 1910

Form IV. At Daly’s

“The Dollar Princess’s” birthday celebrations passed off at Daly’s Theatre on Saturday night with plenty of enthusiasm and a hearty exchange of greetings between the audience and their old favourites in the piece. The rousing reception accorded to Miss Lily Elsie, Mr. Joseph Coyne, and the other leading members as they made their appearance on the stage somewhat delayed the progress of the performance; but it was a delay which seemed to add to the evening’s fun. No new songs have been introduced into the piece, but Mr. W. H. Berry, the bi-eyed humorist, has added a new verse to his topical song bearing on the supposed difficulties of filling up Form IV. Me. George Edwards celebrated the anniversary performance by giving away beautiful souvenirs.

London Daily News – Monday 26th September 1910

Form 4 – Land

Lloyd George’s budget of 1909 required land owners to complete Form IV identifying their property for the purposes of taxation and some twelve million copies were printed and distributed.

The Dollar Princess Souvenir Programme – 1910

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