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 – Peggy – The Bystander – Wednesday 22nd March 1911

The well known Gaiety smile is rampant in “Peggy,” perhaps because the new production boasts three leading ladies, Miss Olive May, Miss Phyllis Dare and Miss Gabrielle Ray.


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Mrs Eric Loder – The Bystander – Wednesday 27th July 1938

Left: Mrs. Eric Loder was playing Deauville golf with Auguste Boyer, one of the leading French professionals.

Formerly Eleanor Curran of Louisiana, she was the widow of Sir Mortimer Davies when she married Major Eric Loder six years ago.


The Bystander – Wednesday 27th July 1938


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Gabrielle Ray – The Palladium – The Bystander – Wednesday 8th September 1920

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Lily Elsie – The Merry Widow – The Bystander – Wednesday 11th March 1908

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Eric Loder – The Bystander – Wednesday 19th February 1936


Eleanor to Her Friends


A charming couple that we encountered in New York were Mr. and Mrs. Eric Loder, who have been for months in Canada settling up the affairs of Mrs. Loder’s late husband, the Canadian millionaire, Sir Mortimer Davis.

It is good news that they are coming over to London this spring, if only for a visit. Mrs. Loder – “Eleanor” to her friends – is a beautiful woman, with a tall, graceful figure, a flashing smile, and about the best collection of rubies we have ever seen.

The Bystander – Wednesday 19th February 1936

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Mrs Eric Loder – The Bystander – Wednesday 17th October 1923

At the Stratford-on-Avon Steeplechases

Mrs Kenneth Gibson, Mrs. Monteith and Mrs Eric Loder in the paddock.

The Bystander – Wednesday 17th October 1923

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Gabrielle Ray – The Merry Widow – The Bystander – Wednesday 27th January 1909



The Latest Photograph of Miss Gabrielle Ray

Who is still playing the part of Frou Frou in The Merry Widow

Daly’s. The camera seems to have caught her in somewhat

despondent vein.

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Lily Elsie – The Bystander – 1907

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Lilie Elsie – The Bystander – Wednesday 17th July 1935



In the galaxy of talent brought together by C. B. Cochran for the mammoth cabaret and ball at Grosvenor House, given in aid of the Actors’ Benevolent Fund, there was one incident which recalled the happiest of memories. This was when (see above) Joe Coyne greeted his waltzing partner, Lilie Elsie, for on June 8th, 1907, these two created the roles of Prince Danilo and Sonia in “The Merry Widow,” and so warmly were their efforts welcomed by the playgoing public that the run continued for 778 performances.


The Bystander – Wednesday 17th July 1935

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£150 – The Bystander Wednesday 16th May 1917


“£150” at the Ambassadors Theatre



THE title of this “war economy” revue is supposed to represent the cost of its production. Mr. C. B. Cochran has since admitted that at the last moment he was obliged to lay out an additional sum of £4 15s., but did not consider this extra outlay justified any alteration in the title in question. I should not be surprised to hear that when the accounts are finally audited it will be found that there is a further threepence or so unaccounted for, and if that should prove to be the fact, I am sure Mr. Cochran will hasten to announce it. I mean, in these matters we ought to be as exact as possible. THE first half of this jovial entertainment is mostly occupied with caricatures of rival revues. Some times I think this idea is not always a safe one, because it assumes that everyone is familiar with the entertainments burlesqued, and that is not always the case. To take the not particularly humble instance of myself, two of the burlesques dealt with meant little to me, because I had not seen the originals; and I am not vain enough to believe that I am a special creation. But the rest of the revue is crowded with rich and rollicking fun that must be good for everybody. A pathetic little incident shows how the far-reaching Defence of the Realm Act affects even obscure individuals who had asked for nothing more than to be left in their agreeable obscurity. Two young people were at supper in a private room of a restaurant. They were just beginning to get along together quite nicely, when the fatal hour of nine-thirty struck The waiter, who always does come in at the wrong moment in these cases, dashed into the room in order to remove the drinks according to law, and, as they say in the papers, the meeting then broke up in disorder.

THEN the temptation of the modern sweet shop is ruthlessly exposed. It seems that what with the general rise in prices, and one thing and another, the dear girls simply cannot afford to buy for themselves the delicately frilled goods their hearts desire. The makers of expensive chocolates, whose occupation is now gone, have, consequently, hit upon the enterprising idea of filling their decorative boxes with more fanciful wares. So that when your best girl asks you to buy her a box of chocolates, and you find you have to pay three guineas for the privilege, you may reasonably conclude that there is more in it than is designed to meet the eye. The scheme is new to me; but one is never too old to learn the things one ought not to know.

THE life and soul of the production is, of course, the désopilant  Leon Morton, who seems to be the one real laughter-maker left in a jaded world. One of his best scenes is concerned with a lady who has been “godmother” to the usual lonely soldier. The lonely soldier has written after many days to say he is calling to see her but instead of a young and handsome fellow in a trench-stained uniform, the “lonely soldier” turns but to be an immaculately dressed old gentle man of the kind usually, I believe, described as a blasé roué.  He explains that he does really well out of this lonely soldier business, as his “god mothers” send him all the champagne and smokes he requires for his simple needs. Morton is quite great as the sinful old gentleman. When his indignant “godmother” orders him out of the house he commences to make gentle overtures to her maid, and sets the house roaring by observing with a fine philosophy, doubtless born of long experience, “Si on ne pent pas avoir la peche, il faut

secontenter dei’’oignon.” What?

An amusing scene is that which shows the interior of a big West End shop before and after the war. Here Morton, who is sometimes the shopwalker and sometimes the commissionaire, is very droll; and the whole scene is very well conceived. The principal lady, the delightful Mlle. Madeleine Choiseulle, is well supported by Miss Daisy Burrell, who sings well and is sprightliness itself. “£150” is full of good things from first to last, and should keep the Ambassadors Theatre busy for many months to come.



The Bystander – Wednesday 16th May 1917


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