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?'

Little Bradford Mites on a London Stage

Little Bradford Mites on a London Stage

 A Brief and Joyous Sequel to Pantomime.

London, Tuesday Night.

Following Miss Gabrielle Ray through a labyrinth of passages behind the scenes at the Palladium, this afternoon, I came upon a sight which seldom meets the eye in a theatre.

Ten little girls were busily munching buns and drinking tea.

They were some of the little ones who did so well in the Bradford Prince’s Theatre pantomime that Miss Ray has brought them to London, partly as a treat, and here they are winning hearts at the Palladium, as they did in Bradford.

You have not much time to spare when you are “working” at the Palladium. There is a matinee every day, and two “houses” a night. So one was not surprised to see the Bradford kiddies feeding away with the make-up on their cheeks.

A merry party they were, shouting and laughing to the distraction of their kind-hearted “matron,” who confessed that her charges are a real handful. Eight of them are “pure Bradford,” born and bred, and have never seen London before. They are staying until Sunday week, they told me in chorus.

“Then where are you going?” I asked. Faces fell. Evidently it is not a popular prospect. The reply was still in chorus, but pianissimo, “Back to Bradford.”

The children are staying in a comfortable hotel, not very far from the theatre, and some of them say they know the way there alone already. In the morning they have to concentrate, as much as they can in their whirl of excitement, upon the awful nuisance of “lessons.” In the afternoon they do their little song and dance, then have tea and then more lessons. In the evening the song and dance come on twice, once at each performance, but by ten o’clock they are in bed.

I believe there was some heart searching when the time came to select from Mr. Francis Laidler’s Bradford troupe of “Sunbeams” who were to come to town; and from what she tells me, Miss Ray had a difficult task in making the choice. The lucky ones are really having a huge treat. They opened big eyes at the sight of so many people; in fact the streets are a source of never ending wonder to them. They are going to be taken to the Zoo, where already in imagination there are all sorts of animals so wonderful that even the Brontosaurus seems as ordinary as the house cat.

And when they get back home? I asked them about that. The little mites seemed rather doleful, for there will be no pantomime. But there is a good deal of philosophy in their little hearts, and they have decided that the only thing to do is look forward to the next one.

 

Yorkshire Evening Post, Wednesday 24th March 1920

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Babes in the Wood – The Bystander – Wednesday 24th December 1919

Miss Gabrielle Ray

To be principal girl in “Cinderella” at the Prince’s Theatre, Bradford

 The Bystander – Wednesday 24th December 1919

(The heading must have been an error as the pantomome to which The Bystander refered at the Prince’s Theatre, Bradford was “Babes in the Wood”

 

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Babes in the Wood – The Stage – Thursday 23rd October 1919

Gabrielle Ray

Gabrielle Ray, the well-known musical comedy actress, has been engaged to play principle girl in pantomime at Bradford. Arthur Klein is composing special songs for her.

The Stage – Thursday 23rd October 1919

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Babes in the Wood – The Stage – Thursday 30th October 1919

Miss Gabrielle Ray

Miss Gabrielle Ray has decided to return to the stage, and will do so as principle girl in pantomime under Mr. Francis Laidler’s management at the Prince’s, Bradford. The internal alterations which are in progress at the Prince’s, Bradford, will be completed before the pantomime season. The subject is “The Babes in the Wood,” and Miss Gabrielle Ray’s part is that of Maid Marion.

The Stage – Thursday 30th October 1919

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Babes in the Wood – Leeds Mercury – Saturday 13th December 1919

Gabrielle Ray

Miss Gabrielle Ray, the fascinating actress, will step down from the picture postcards into Bradford pantomime.

She will be the principle girl in “The Babes in the Wood” at the Prince’s Theatre.

 Leeds Mercury – Saturday 13th December 1919

Peggy (Rotary 11779 I)

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Babes in the Wood – Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News – Saturday 20th December 1919

Babes in the Wood - Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News - Saturday 20th December 1919

Miss Gabrielle Ray,

who will be principal girl in “Babes in the Wood,” at the Prince’s Theatre, Bradford.

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Gabrielle Ray – Babes in the Wood – The Tatler – 5th November 1919

Gabrielle Ray - Babes in the Wood - The Tatler - 5th November 1919

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Babes in the Wood (J. Beagles 701 P)

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Babes in the Wood – Yorkshire Evening Post – 1920

Babes in the Wood - Yorkshire Evening Post - Friday 20 February 1920

This advertisement shows the final two weeks of Babes in the Wood

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Babes in the Wood – Sheffield Evening Telegraph – 1919

Babes in the Wood - Sheffield Evening Telegraph - Monday 20 October 1919

Gabrielle Ray’s Stage Return.

It is announced that Miss Gabrielle Ray is to be the principle girl at the Prince’s Theatre, Bradford, at Christmas. Miss Ray was married on March 1, 1912, at Windsor, to Mr. Eric Raymond Loder, son of the late Mr. Alfred Loder and grandson of the late Sir Robert Loder, Bart. The marriage ended in the Divorce Courts 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.

 

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