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 – 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




“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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