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 Penistone, Stocksbridge and Hoyland Express – Saturday 9th April 1921

SHEFFIELD HIPPODROME.

 

The programme at the Sheffield Hippodrome this week is a capital one. The chief attraction is the popular London musical comedy star, Miss Gabrielle Ray, who fully maintains her reputation as a danseuse and vocalist. Particularly charming was her crinoline song, in which she was assisted by eight very capable small children. Mr. Leslie Barker is Miss Ray’s partner, and his work is equally good. The programme also includes Hilda Nelson, with gems of melody; Chinko and Kaufman, in some good juggling and trick cycling; Gus Harris, a versatile character comedian; the “Three Scamps” and a piano, another good light comedy turn; “Main Steppers” (dancers), and Harry Gunn, comedian.

The Penistone, Stocksbridge and Hoyland Express – Saturday 9th April 1921

 

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Gabrielle Ray / Leslie Barker – The Penistone, Stocksbridge and Hoyland Express – Saturday 19th June 1920

 

SHEFFIELD HIPPODROME.

Gabrielle Ray, long a idol of the Gaiety under the George Edwardes regime, is to visit the Hippodrome next week, in a series of artistic musical scenes. A group of dainty child artistes and Leslie Barker are Ray’s able support. For years Miss Ray has been a picture postcard best seller, and her good looks are still the envy and despair of the fair sex. The famous Westminster Singers are also announced, and music-loving Sheffield is in for a vocal treat. Author of “The Whitest Man I Know” and other Klondike recitations, Milton Hayes has a new budget of old and new favourites in this field of entertainment. The charming Anglo-French entertainer, Melita Dolores, in songs and dances; Chas. Grantley, the erratic comedian; 3 Bros. Huxter, comedy tumblers; and the Two Tomboys, amazing girl knockabout acrobats, will complete a splendid programme.

 

The Penistone, Stocksbridge and Hoyland Express – Saturday 19th June 1920

 

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Gabrielle Ray – The Western Evening Herald – Saturday 12th June 1920

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Gabrielle Ray – Leslie Barker – The East Kent Times and Mail – Wednesday 7th July 1920

MARGATE HIPPODROME.

 

A packed house the first crowded audience since the spell of fine weather came in – gave a rousing welcome to Miss Gabrielle Ray, on Monday night. This famous musical-comedy star is appearing this week in dainty and artistic scenes, assisted by Leslie Barker and a company of delightful children. Her numbers are an unqualified success. In the programme are some other turns of marked excellence. Hurman, the hoop and club juggler, gives a good show; Tina Paynola, a clever lady mimic of instruments, animals, and particularly of a child and tiny baby, was vociferously applauded; Elsie Gregory displays versatility as a pianist, violinist, singer and dancer, and evoked great enthusiasm. Another particularly taking number is Harry Shirley, supported by May Ransoms in a cameo sketch “Eight c’clock,” and a meritorious performance is presented by Avis and Sails, a vocal camouflaged duo, in which the man takes the part of the woman and the woman sings like a man with bewildering rapidity. Other items are Fagan, the card manipulator, and The Sisters Weston, comedy cyclists. Next week: “Three Wise Fools.”

 

The East Kent Times and Mail – Wednesday 7th July 1920

 

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Gabrielle Ray – Leslie Barker – The Birkenhead News – Wednesday 14th April 1920

 

Liverpool Royal Hippodrome.

 

A decidedly fine programme is being submitted at the Liverpool Hippodrome, this week, in which Miss Gabrielle Ray and Oswald Williams compete for the leading honours. The former has a distinctly pretty voice and appears in some novel and dainty scenes wherein dancing is the standing feature. Both she and her partner, Leslie Barker, won well merited applause on Monday night. Mr. Oswald Williams, the famous illusionist presents a most accomplished performance. Among his best tricks are “the sack,” “the shop girl,” and a portrayal of how certain celebrities would have acted had they been conjurors. Gus Harris gives some excellent songs, including “Whether a Jew or a Gentile.” The make-up and mannerisms are the main factors of the success of Mr. G. S. Melvin, who gives ample demonstration of his versatility in a number of clever and amusing ditties. Barton and Ashley present an amusing comedy act, whilst Willie Rouse, humorist at the piano, and Laura De Vine, comedienne, also contribute to a first-rate entertainment.

 

The Birkenhead News – Wednesday 14th April 1920

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Gabrielle Ray – Leslie Barker – The Birkenhead News – Saturday 10th April 1920

The management of the Royal Hippodrome, Liverpool, have secured a first-class programme for their patrons next week. Heading the bill is Miss Gabrielle Ray, in dainty and artistic scenes, assisted by Leslie Barker. “Oswald Williams,” illusionist,  supported by Rae Warwick and his own company in an entertainment of mystery and art. Gus Harris in his latest successes, and G. S. Melvin, Laurie Devine, Willie Rouse, and Barton and Ashley, presenting their laughter maker “Money Talks,” will also figure in a strong programme.

 

The Birkenhead News – Saturday 10th April 1920

 

 

 

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Gabrielle Ray – The Lancashire Evening Post – Friday 23rd July 1920

EMPIRE THEATRE, PRESTON

 

Programme for Week Commencing July 26th, 1920.

 

GABRIELLE RAY will provide the “Star” attraction at the Empire, Preston, Next Week, and the bare announcement should be sufficient to start the box office on a busy time.

There are few firmer favourites in West End Musical Comedy Circles than this charming singer-actress.

For a short spell she has been persuaded by Moss’ Empires to accept a series of variety engagements at theatres within their booking scope, and Empire patrons will welcome her appearance in this town.

MISS RAY will present a number of artistic vocal scenes, in which she will have the assistance another favourite artist in LESLIE BARKER.

 

The Lancashire Evening Post – Friday 23rd July 1920

 

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Gabrielle Ray – Fleetwood Chronicle – Friday 26th September 1924

Gabrielle Ray at the Palace.

 

Miss Gabrielle Ray. the popular musical comedy star, made her first appearance on the variety stage in Blackpool at the Palace, on Monday.

Needless to say she was a great success. Miss Ray appeared in Blackpool in musical comedy some few years ago.

Last night she pleased her audience by the beauty of her numbers and the charm of her personality. She was admirably supported by Mr. Leslie Barker, a clever dancer and vocalist. Several children added a piquant and pleasing touch, particularly in the “Crinoline” song and dance.

Mr. Leslie Barker delighted the audience with his coon song, vastly reminiscent of the art of G. H. Elliott.

Miss May Henderson, the original dusky comedy queen, created roars of laughter with her antics. As a huntsman she was funny, and her faithful “hound” did all he was told.

Mdlle. Lola Krasavina, an artiste who has won fame on the Continent, gave versatile selections from her repertoire.

Elkins, Fay and Elkins, a talented trio; Mr. Joseph Cheetham, the English tenor: Jack Dodd, the Scotch comedian; and the Palace Girls, trained by Miss May Nicholson, were other interesting tarns.

 

Fleetwood Chronicle – Friday 26th September 1924

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Gabrielle Ray – Fleetwood Chronicle – Friday 19th September 1924

GABRIELLE RAY AND MAY HENDERSON AT PALACE.

 

A fine galaxy of variety stars will be at the Palace of Varieties next week. First and foremost is the charming Gabrielle Ray, the actress and dancer, who will appear with her company in a sketch that will afford her splendid opportunities to display her many talents and accomplishments.

Miss Ray has a wonderful reputation gained in musical comedies and pantomimes, and she has figured in many productions in London and the provinces. May Henderson is another well-known entertainer, whose chocolate disguise serves to accentuate her special abilities. She is a nimble dancer and voluble vocalist, and she invariably carries enthusiasm among her audience. Elkins, Fay and Elkins are a trio of comedians who believe in making the folks laugh; while Joseph Cheetham, the silver-toned tenor, and Mdlle. Loin Krasavina will make the night melodious with their cultured singing.

 

Fleetwood Chronicle – Friday 19th September 1924

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Gabrielle Ray – Fleetwood Chronicle – Friday 19th September 1924

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