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 Dundee Evening Telegraph – Monday 20th October 1919

“THE POSTCARD QUEEN.”

Famous Musical Comedy Beauty

To Return to the Stage.

 

The return of a one-time famous musical comedy beauty to the stage is marked by the announcement that Miss Gabrielle Ray will take the part of principal girl at the Princess Theatre, Bradford, this Christmas.

The return of this noted beauty after an absence of several years is likely one of the great events of this year’s pantomime season.

Miss Ray was married under romantic circumstances on March 1, 1912, at Windsor to Mr Eric Raymond Loder, son of the late Alfred Loder, and grandson of the late Sir Robert Loder, Bart.

The marriage ended in the Divorce Court in July of the following year, when Mrs Loder petitioned for restitution of conjugal rights. It was then disclosed that her husband had left her in the January previous, and had not answered her appeal that he should return.

Miss Ray during her career earned the title “The Postcard Queen,” her great beauty being responsible for unprecedented sales of cards picturising her in various poses. It is authentically recorded that one company alone sold between seven and ten millions of her pictures.

Miss Gabrielle Ray, who is her 34th year, made her stage debut as a child of ten at the old Princess’ Theatre. She was associated with many of Mr George Edwardes’ biggest successes, reaching the zenith popularity in the scene at Maxim’s “The Merry Widow.”

 

The Dundee Evening Telegraph – Monday 20th October 1919

 

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Gabrielle Ray – Mother Goose – Alderley and Wilmslow Advertiser – Friday 21st January 1921

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Gabrielle Ray – Robin Hood – The Scotsman – 27th December 1921

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Gabrielle Ray – Robin Hood or Babes in the Wood – December 1921

 

My thanks to the University of Glasgow Archives & Special Collections, STA Fg 1/2 for providing the images of this programme and giving their permission to reproduce it here.

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Gabrielle Ray – Robin Hood – Edinburgh Evening News – Tuesday 24th January 1922

ENTERTAINMENT

“ROBIN HOOD” AT THE KING’S.

 

If the King’s Theatre pantomime records truly, the days of Robin Hood must have been good old days indeed. It certainly is jolly to see the stage representation with its riot of gorgeous colouring, its many humorous interludes, and those fascinating people who help to chase away our cares – and our flu! Miss Gabrielle Ray, as Maid Marian, takes an honoured place. She is daintiness personified, and she and her juvenile “background” in her crinoline song make a pretty picture. The comedians too, are a lively bunch, and their sallies show that they can keep their humour abreast of topical happenings. The audience last night was very appreciative.

 

The Edinburgh Evening News – Tuesday 24th January 1922

 

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Gabrielle Ray – Little Red Riding Hood – 1927

The Oldest Pantomime Producer

 The Castle Hotel at Richmond seems a strange place for a pantomime, but it was there, in 1891, that George Brydone-Phillips began his career as a producer. The cost of the pantomime was £l2O, and an obscure child actress who played the part of Cupid in “Little Red Riding Rood” subsequently became a great musical comedy favourite. It was none other than the beauteous Gabrielle Ray.

 

“Star” Nursery

Mr. Drydone-Phillips’s companies have long been a nursery for stars. I haven’t space to mention them all, but the list bristles with names as well known as Florrie Forde, Huntley Wright and HildaTrevelyan. He is producing two touring shows this year, and does not agree with the idea that pantomime is dead. “The children,” he says, “will have their fairy heroes in the flesh.”

The Daily Mirror Friday 9th December 1927

 

GAIETY THEATRE, HASTINGS.

 

“Cinderella” Boxing Day and during the week.

Mr. George Brydon Phillips, who took the Blue Riband for his last year’s pantomime, will again produce the Christmas annual. He is known as the G.O.M. of Pantomime, having over 150 pantomimes to his credit, and he has for the last twenty years produced the pantomimes for Oxford and Cambridge. He has had a long list of famous artistes under his banner, including: Gabrielle Ray. H. A. Saintsbury, Hilda Trevelyan, Queenie Leighton, Huntley Wright, Will Bishop, Lyn Harding, Gertie Gitana, Florrie Ford and many others.

The engagement is for six nights at 7.30 and six matinees at 2.30, the first matinee being on Boxing Day at 2.30. Large applications for seats are being received.

 The Bexhill-on-Sea Chronicle – Saturday 17th December 1927

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Gabrielle Ray – Little Red Riding Hood – The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News – Saturday 3rd October 1903

The Lyric at Hammersmith relies on the attractions – and they are many – of yet another Little Red Riding Hood, the story here being set forth in fashion designed by Messrs. Brian Daly and J. M. East. Miss Gabrielle Ray admirably fulfils her duties as the heroine, and has excellent support from Miss Gracie Whiteford, a dashing Prince, Miss Lucie Edwards as Boy Blue, her sister as Bo-Peep, Mr. John Gourlay as the Baron, Mr. A. Watts as Simple Simon, and others.

The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News – Saturday 3rd October 1903

 

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Gladys Ray – Aladdin – The Beckenham Journal – Saturday 20th October 1906

CRYSTAL PALACE PANTOMIME.

 

It is welcome news to learn that Mr. Bannister Howard intends to revive old fashioned pantomine at the crystal Palace Theatre. That style of entertainment which has been called pantomime during the past few years has become rather boring and has not been particularly amusing, either to grown-up people or children. Any effort. therefore, to return to the s rollicking performances of bygone days deserves to be supported and no doubt Mr. Howard’s enterprise will be crowned with success.

The subject of the pantomime is the old favorite story of Aladdin and in the hands of so experienced a pantomine writer as Mr. Fred. Bowyer great things may be expected. No expense is to be spared and an excellent company has been secured. Miss Lillie Lassah will impersonate Aladdin, Miss Lillie Gallick – the Princess, Mr. Arthur Pool – Abanazar, Mr. A. E. Passmore  – Widow Twankey, the Ongar Brothers  –  Policemen and speciality turn. Miss Nellie Barnwell – Second Boy, Miss Gladys Ray, a sister of Miss Gabrielle Ray, who was originally brought out by Mr. Howard – Second Girl. Miss Josephine Sullivan – a fairy, and Mr. J. D. Cawdery – demon and clown, who will also work the traps. He was at one time with Conquest and is one of the oldest left who works the traps.

The Harlequinade and Shadow pantomine will be a strong feature of the entertainment. The pantomine will be produced by Mr. C. Lake and Mr. Joseph Sainton will compose and arrange the music. Mr. W. E. Sharpe will still continue to actively manage the front of the theatre.

 

The Beckenham Journal – Saturday 20th October 1906

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Gabrielle Ray – The Babes in the Wood – The Weekly Dispatch (London) – Sunday 26th October 1919

GABRIELLE RAY BACK.

 

Miss Gabrielle Ray, formerly musical comedy star, is to return to the stage. She has accepted an engagement as principal girl in the pantomime “The Babes in the Wood” at Bradford, which will open on Christmas Eve.

Her salary is said to be the biggest ever paid for a principal girl in pantomime. Miss Ray has engaged to appear ON THE London music-hall stage at the end of March.

 

The Weekly Dispatch (London) – Sunday 26th October 1919

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Gabrielle Ray – Red Riding Hood – Fulham Chronicle – Friday 16th January 1903

THE LYRIC – “Little Red Riling Hood” still holds her merry sway at the Lyric, where she is being visited by tremendous crowds. The old, old story of the ravenous wolf, of the wicked Baron, of Prince Sylvanus and other of her childhood acquaintances is being told with added fun and vigour; as week succeeds week the tale takes on some new phase, and becomes more laughable than ever. The putty-faced simple, simple Simon with his absurd pranks, is worth seeing; and his fond mother, as represented by Mr. Harry Buss, is overpoweringly droll. “Riding Hood” is capitally portrayed by Miss Gabrielle Ray, and Miss Gracie Whiteford adds charm to her interpretation of the Prince, her acting and singing being very fine. This week the Dagmar Troupe of acrobats give a performance, and new specialities are to be introduced next week.

 

Fulham Chronicle – Friday 16th January 1903

 

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