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?'

The Merry Widow – Sunday Times – Sunday 13th June 1909

PLAYS AND PLAYERS

Musical comedies enjoy a much larger proportion of long runs than other classes of plays, but even among them the two years uninterrupted run which “The Merry Widow” completed at Daly’s on Tuesday night is phenomenal and is unmistakable  testimony to the charm of the piece and of its acting by the clever company at Daly’s. Probably no other piece has had so many revenuers, and it is credibly reported that one enthusiast has witnessed it no fewer than a hundred times. It goes without saying that the revenuer and others made up a bumper house on Tuesday night and that the piece went with more than usual verve and dash, while the popular favourites received very flattering tributes. Miss Lily Elsie, whose success in the part of Sonia has been so emphatic, was easily first in the award of honours, but Miss Gabrielle Ray, Miss Mary Grey, Mr. Robert Evett, Mr Joseph Coyne, Mr. W. H. Berry, and Mr. Fred Kaye had a due share of the enthusiasm. At the end Mr. George Edwardes was persuaded into a speech, in which he announced that in a few weeks “The Merry Widow” would make her last curtsey. “I want her to retire while her charms are still fresh, her beauty unimpaired, in place of becoming through old age the object of your neglect.” In September he would produce “The Dollar Princess,” which, he trusted, they would find a worthy successor.

Miss Lily Elsie will be “The Dollar Princess” when that opera is presented at Daly’s in September, and Mr. Joseph Coyne will play the leading man’s part.

 

Sunday Times – Sunday 13th June 1909

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The Merry Widow – (Philco 3469 C)

The Merry Widow (J. Beagles 733 R)

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Vera Neville – The Merry Widow – The Globe and Traveller – Friday 7th August 1908

 

DALY’S THEATRE.

TONIGHT, at 5.15, THE MERRY WIDOW. Messrs. Talleur Andrews, Lennox Pawle, Fred Kaye, Leslie Holland, Ralph Roberts, Foster, O’Connor, Joseph Coyne and George Graves; Mesdames Alma Griffiths, Vera Neville, Glyn, LeGrand, Hobson, Desmond, Lindsey, Welch, and Lily Elsie.

The Globe – Friday 7th August 1908

 

Peter Graves (1911-1994) began his career in Ivor Novello musicals, where he met his wife Vanessa Lee (1920-1992).

In a Gazette interview, Peter Graves said his mother, Vera Neville understudied Gabrielle Ray as Frou Frou in the original 1907 London version of the musical.

Vera Neville

Peter Graves (8th Lord Graves, Baron of Gravesend)

 

 

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The Merry Widow (Rotary 4869 B)

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Gabrielle Ray – The Merry Widow – The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News – Saturday 31st October 1908

Gabrielle Ray (Aristophot E.1663)

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Gabrielle Ray – The Merry Widow – The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News – Saturday 11th April 1908

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Gabrielle Ray – The Merry Widow – The Illustrated Sporting & Dramatic News – Saturday 5th October 1907

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Gabrielle Ray – The Merry Widow – The Illustrated Sporting & Dramatic News – Saturday 1st February 1908

The Merry Widow – The Play Pictorial

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Gabrielle Ray – The Merry Widow – The Sketch – Wednesday 3rd March 1909

The Merry Widow (Rotary 11420 V)

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The Merry Widow (Rotary 4869 N)

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