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?'

Bessie Ray – The Belle of New York – The Era – Saturday 2nd February 1901

AMUSEMENTS IN GREENOCK

(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT)

THEATRE ROYAL. – Lessee and Manager, Mr Alexander Wright, – The Belle of New York was performed here at this theatre on Monday by Mr Ben Greet’s No. 1 company. The part of Ichabod Bronson is well filled by Mr Arthur Ricketts. Harry Bronson has a capital representative in Mr Charles Gervase. As Carl Von Pumperknick Mr Peter H. Gardner gives a clever portrayal. Mr Tom Carling is extremely amusing as “Doc” Snifkins. Mr William Pringle makes an excellent Blinky Bill M’Quirk. Mr James R. La Fane is smart as Kenneth Mugg. Messrs Clayton and Gilford acquit themselves admirably as Counts Patsi Rattatoe. William D’Arey is good Twiddles. Mr T. Syme makes a quaint Snooper. Mr W. James is successful as Peeper. Mr L. Jones proves able exponent of Billy Breese. Miss Daisy Semon is very attractive Violet Gray, singing agreeably. Miss Nellie Bowman is lively Fifi Fricot. Miss B. Ease is vivacious Kissie Fitzgarter. Miss Elaine Gryee makes pleasing Cora Angelique. The subsidiary parts are in competent hands, and receive careful treatment from Messrs Alec Chantrens, C. Leonard, W. Smith; and Misses Bessie Ray, Sophie Clarkson, and G. Nelsam. A Chinese dance by Misses Marie Gilbert, Sophie Clarkson, Maud Eaton, and Jessie Vokes, is much appreciated. The play is exceedingly well staged, and the costumes are pretty and effective

 

The Era – Saturday 2nd February 1901

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Bessie Ray – The Belle of New York – The Stage – Thursday 18th April 1901

WORCESTER: Royal (Sole Lessee and Manager, Mr. William Gomersal). The Belle of New York has visited “the faithful city” before, and, judging from the reception accorded the performance of the comic opera on Monday, it will be welcome again and again, especially if presented by so capable a Co. as that of Mr. Ben Greet, under the direction of Mr. Maurice Robinson. To the part of Ichabod Bronson Mr. Arthur Ricketts brings some excellent comedy. The title role is charmingly played by Miss Beatrice Lamotte, Miss Ada Elliston is an attractive Fifi Fricot, and Miss Victoria Hunt gives a good account of Cora Angelique. Mr. Edmund Sherras is admirable as Harry Bronson. Miss Bessie Ray and Mr. Bert Monks capably sustain the parts of Blinky Bill and Mamie Clancy. The opera is well staged and dressed, and runs with remarkable smoothness.

 

The Stage – Thursday 18th April 1901

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Bessie Ray – The Belle of New York – The Stage – 24th January 1901

Dundee: Another specially clever impersonation is that of Miss Bessie Ray, who appears as Mamie Clancy, the Pell Street girl.

She dances divinely, and is conspicuous for the energy and tact she displays all the time she is on stage.

The Stage, 24th January 1901

Bessie Ray – The Belle of New York – The Era – Saturday 26th January 1901

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Bessie Ray – The Belle of New York – The Era – Saturday 26th January 1901

Bessie Ray – The Belle of New York – Dundee Courier – 22nd January 1901

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Bessie Ray – The Belle of New York

Bessie Ray – The Belle of New York

Bessie Ray appeared in the touring production of The Belle of New York, performing as Mamie Clancy. The dates below show some of the venues and dates that I have been able to find from the news archives.

  • Tunbridge Wells – Great Hall – 5th August 1899
  • Essex – The Theatre – 12th August 1899
  • Southampton – Grand Theatre – 26th August 1899
  • Bournemouth – Theatre Royal and Opera House – 2nd September 1899
  • London – The Surrey – 16th October 1899
  • London – Elephant and Castle – 4th November 1899
  • Chatham –  Theatre Royal – 11th November 1899
  • London – Richmond Theatre – 4th December 1899
  • Great Grimsby – Prince of Wales Theatre – 6th January 1900
  • Halifax – Grand Theatre – 24th March 1900
  • Dewsbury – Theatre Royal – 31st March 1900
  • Huddersfield – Theatre Royal – 7th April 1900
  • Preston – New Theatre Royal – 21st April 1900
  • Batley, Yorkshire – Theatre Royal – 5th May 1900
  • Aston, Birmingham – Royal – 17th May 1900
  • London – Richmond Theatre – 21st May 1900
  • Coventry – Opera House – 31st May 1900
  • Coventry – Opera House – 2nd June 1900
  • Norwich – Theatre Royal – 9th June 1900
  • Cheltenham –  Opera House – 9th August 1900
  • Douglas, Isle of Man – The Grand Theatre – 13th September 1900
  • Southport – Opera House, Winter Gardens –  22nd September 1900
  • Luton – Grand – 12th October 1900
  • London –  The Surrey – 20th October 1900
  • Luton – Grand – 13th October 1900
  • Woolwich – Royal Artillery Theatre  – 25th October 1900
  • Wakefield – Royal Opera House – 24th November 1900
  • Darlington – The Darlington Theatre – 27th November 1900
  • Dundee – Her Majesty’s Theatre – 22nd January 1901
  • Greenock – Theatre Royal – 2nd February 1901
  • Gloucester – Theatre Royal – 9th April 1901
  • Worcester – Royal, 18th April 1901
  • Southend – Empire – 30th May 1901

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Bessie Ray – The Belle of New York – Essex Standard – 1899

Bessie Ray - The Belle of New York - Essex Standard - Monday 7th August 1899 Colchester

“The Belle of New York” at The Theatre – The Theatre, after being closed for seven or eight weeks for the usual vacation, opened it’s doors for the season on Monday night with the celebrated musical comedy “The Belle of New York,” a piece which has created such a furore and is still having a most successful run at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London, and in the big provincial towns. Mr Graham Macdona, the resident manager of the Theatre (for his brother, Mr Chas Macdona), is to be congratulated for having secured Mr Ben Greet’s company in such an attractive piece for his opening night – it is the first visit of the piece to Colchester – and it was not surprising that when the augmented orchestra commenced the overture the Theatre should be crowded from floor to ceiling. The audience, moreover, was not only a good natured Bank Holiday one, but thoroughly appreciative, and the tuneful numbers were all re-demanded, while the fun with which the piece abounds evoked much laughter and applause, and the company were “called” after each act. The “Belle of New York” was capitally staged, both in the matter of scenery and dresses (said to be an exact replica of those used at the Shaftesbury Theatre), and the chorus proved itself an excellent one, and one of the features of the “show.” With reference to the acting, all the leading artists did their utmost, and worked very hard to make the piece go successfully. Miss Faith Lahorde, (the Salvation lassie, Violate Grey, the “Belle of New York”), possesses a very melodious voice, if not a particularly powerful one, and she soon carried the audience with her, and had to repeat all her pretty songs. As “Fifi Fricot,” the little Parisian, Miss Maude Darling was quite a success, and the same may be said of Miss Daisy Baldry, who acquitted herself admirably as “Cora Angelique, the Queen of Comic Opera,” and of Miss R. Essa, who was cleaver as the music hall dancer. Mr Harry Royce was funny as Ichabod Bronson, while Mr Edmund Sherras played in a painstaking way the part of the spendthrift son, Harry Bronson, as did Mr Sam T Pearce the part of the polite lunatic Karl Von Pumerknick, Mr D. O. Regan, the part of “Doc” Snifkin, the father of Cora Angelique, Mr E. Davey the part of “Blinkley Bill” McGuire, the pugilist (whose whistling in the second act was excellent), Mr W. Uridge, the part of Kenneth Mugg, the low comedian of the Angelique Comic Opera Company, and the Brothers Helm the parts of the twin Portuguese, Count Ratsi and Patsi Rattatoo. The other characters were sustained by Messers P.H. Gardner, T. Graves, Porlock Seaman, T. Joanann, R. Pearson, Miss Bessie Ray, Miss Norman, Miss Dorothy Cecil, Miss C. Hurch, Miss P. Crawford, Miss Steffany, Miss Nelson. The “Belle of New York” was repeated on Tuesday and again on Wednesday evening, when special trains were run from Brightlingsea and Wyvenhoe.

This quality of this news paper cutting isn’t very clear so if there are any errors in my copy I apologise.

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Bessie Ray – The Belle of New York – The Stage – 1900

Bessie Ray – The Belle of New York – The Stage – Douglas, I.O.M. 13th September 1900

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Bessie Ray – The Belle of New York – The Stage – 1900

Bessie Ray – The Belle of New York – The Stage – 1900 - Woolwich 25th October 1900

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Bessie Ray – The Belle of New York – The Stage – 1900

Bessie Ray – The Belle of New York – The Stage – 1900 - Coventry 31st May 1900

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Bessie Ray – The Belle of New York – The Stage – 1901

Bessie Ray – The Belle of New York – The Stage – 1900 - Southend 30th May 1901

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