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 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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The Merry Widow – The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News – 6th March 1909

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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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The Merry Widow – The Morning Post – Thursday 21st January 1909

Daly’s Theatre

“The Merry Widow” is still drawing crowds to Daly’s, where it is well on in its second year. From time to time Mr. George Edwardes adds to its attractions, the latest novelty being a dance introduced into the last act, the scene of which is Maxim’s Restaurant, and danced by Mr. Georgie Mahrer, who has made a reputation at Maxim’s, and Miss Gabrielle Ray. The dance is a sort of waltz with variations, some of them curious rather than graceful. For the most part the embrace is very close, similar to the “hold” in the Apache dance, in which the man almost presses his face against the girl’s, but at other times the parties are at arm’s length, and there is one spell during which they are back to back. The pace varies greatly and with much suddenness. Mr. Mahrer is an accomplished dancer, Miss Gabrielle Ray’s abilities are well known, and the dance is very popular. Last night there was a double encore, and had the dancers seen fit to still further prolong their little entertainment the audience would assuredly have raised no objection.

 

The Morning Post.  Thursday 21st January 1909

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The Merry Widow Souvenir – The Tatler – 12th August 1908

The Merry Widow Souvenir - The Tatler - 12th August 1908The Merry Widow – Second Anniversary Souvenir

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The Merry Widow (Rotary 4869 F)

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The Merry Widow (Rotary 4869 A)

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The Merry Widow (Rotary 4869 C)

The Merry Widow – The Tatler – 1907

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The Merry Widow (Rotary 4869 H)

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