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?'

Constance Drever – Sonia – The Merry Widow (Dover Street Studios 3600 – 4)

Constance Drever, born Annette Constance Scott Drever in Coonoor, Madras, India, 19th September 1879 to 2nd September 1948 in Canada. She took over the role of Natalie, the Merry Widow at Daly’s Theatre in April 1908 then as Sonia in July the same year when Lily Elsie was on holiday. Later she performed the title role in 1909 at the Apollo Theatre, Paris.

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Constance Drever – The Merry Widow – The Stage – Thursday 23rd April 1908



PRINCE OF WALES’S (Lessees, Messers, Rodgers, Limited; General Manager, Mr. J. V. Graham; Acting Manager, Mr . Henry Johnston)

The much heralded “The Merry Widow” makes an appearance this week. Mr. Eric Thorne is quite a persona grata with the most captious of local patrons of musical comedy, and his delightfully eccentric method of humour is happily suited to a nicety in the role of Baron Popoff, while Mr Basil S. Foster is capitally placed as Prince Danilo. Mr. Haigh Jackson is a gallant and melodious Vicomte Camille de Jolidon. Miss Gertrude Lester is a charming exponent of the title role; her beautifully modulated attractive presence and intelligent acting are most advantageously placed. Miss Constance Drever is no less successful as Natalie, while minor parts are in safe hands. The piece is mounted on a lavish scale, and the chorus are a distinctive feature. The famous “Waltz duet” creates quite a furore, notwithstanding the fact that its refrain had, of course, reached us long ago.


The Stage – Thursday 23rd April 1908

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