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 Casino Girl – The South London Mail – Saturday 25th January 1902

Theatrical and Musical Gossip.


Next week the well-known musical farce, “The Casino Girl” (from the Shaftesbury Theatre), interpreted by Mr. Ben Greet’s company, will pay a welcome visit to the Deptford playhouse. “Clever. witty, and musical” was the verdict of a well-known critic on the production in this country of “The Casino Girl,” and the revised version to be presented at Deptford next week by Mr. Ben Green is now being played to three continents. Charming music and beautiful costumes distinguish “The Casino Girl” from all its rivals, while for real humour and boisterous fun it is without a rival. Miss. Isa Bowman’s sweet voice and dainty acting lend a special interest to the title role, and Misses Maggie Bowman and Gabrielle Ray also contribute to the fun, while the male characters are in the capable hands of Messrs. Cardley Turner, Max Copland, Walter Freear (brother of the famous little “Louie” of that ilk), Stanley White, etc. Playgoers who miss seeing the piece will undoubtedly miss a night’s hearty laughter and fun. A morning performance will be given on Thursday at 2. The company, which numbers sixty artistes, is under the able management of Mr. W. J. Robertson.


The South London Mail – Saturday 25th January 1902



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Gabrielle Ray – The Casino Girl – Eastbourne Chronicle – Saturday 4th April 1903



This merry and picturesque musical farce is being presented at the Park Theatre by the Ben Greet Principal Company, a very clever and versatile combination, who commenced a brief engagement on Thursday evening. The Casino Girl is fashioned very closely upon the model of the Belle of New York, the music being bright and melodious, the lyrics smart and fitting, the dialogue sparklingly witty, and the action, although associated with but a thin and fantastic plot, striking in its succession of pretty stage pictures. From the first uprising of the curtain till the end of the entertainment the risible faculties of the audience are kept in constant vigorous exercise, and at the opening performance the enthusiasm was only allayed by frequent encores. It is not easy to say which factor of an all round success was most appreciated—the droll comicalities of the comedians, the graceful and sprightly dances of the lady principals, the well rendered songs, or the delightful choruses and incidental concerted measures. Certainly everything was rapturously applauded, whilst the beautiful costumes and the general effectiveness of the mise en scene evoked well-merited admiration. Miss Daisy Semon, in the title part, played charmingly, singing and acting in a very engaging manner and adding much to the brightness of the performance by her vivacious and winsome bearing. The role of Laura’s young medical lover “Percy” was capitally sustained by Mr. Edmund Sherras, who uses his gifted baritone voice to marked advantage in the ballads and solos falling to his share. He scored particularly in the pretty song, “I love my love.” The humours of the piece were amply reflected in the singularly good impersonation of the Mormonic “Pasha” by Mr. Norman Page, and of the broken-down grand opera tenor, “Gaggs,” by Mr. Stanley White. Mr. Norman Page will be remembered for his success as the polite lunatic in “The Belle,” but in the present, play his gifts find wider scope, and he fairly convulsed the house by his eccentricities of speech and action. Mr. Stanley White made a great hit in the humorous song “Nothing New.” Strong support to the purely funny side of the performance was lent by mercurial Mr. Frank Faker and Mr. Walter Freear, as “Ben Murley” and “Potage” respectively, and the mock trial scene in which the quartette figured occasioned quite uproarious mirth. Delightful expositions of their several parts were given by Miss Gabrielle Ray, Miss Lily Gullick, Miss J. Bartlett, Miss Maud Locker and Miss Christine Ferris.

The Casino Girl will be performed at a Matinee today at 2.30 and again in the evening.

Eastbourne Chronicle – Saturday 4th April 1903


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Gabrielle Ray – The Casino Girl – The Brockley News, New Cross and Hatcham Review – Friday 7th February 1902



Mr. Ben Greet’s company affords a special treat this week in the two-act musical farce, “The Casino Girl,” the house being crowded with an enthusiastic audience. The play is exceedingly well staged, and the choruses are admirably rendered, the piece going at a great pace from start to finish. Several of the performers have appeared at the Grand on many previous occasions, and on each visit seem to receive a heartier welcome. The part of Laura Lee, the Casino Girl, is daintily and winsomely taken be Miss Isa Bowman, and her song, “Ma Blushing Rosie,” elicits repeated encores. Miss Gabrielle Ray proves a vivacious Dolly Twinkle, and able assistance is rendered by Miss Maggie Bowman as Miss Rocks, Miss Louie Danby (Lotta Rocks), Miss Alice Gordon (Mrs. Rooks), and Miss Edith St. Clare. Mr. Max Copland makes an excellent Pilsener Pasha, and causes considerable merriment. Mr. Eardley Turner gives a humorous representation of Offenbach Gear, and is repeatedly recalled for his song, “Nothing New.” Mr. Cecil Curtiss as Van Stuyvesant won great admiration with his easy acting and good voice. Mr. Stanley White as Ben Muley, and Mr. Walter Freear as Potage, afforded considerable amusement.

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next “The Casino Girl” will be played, and on Thursday, Friday and Saturday “The Shop Girl.”

The Brockley News, New Cross and Hatcham Review – Friday 7th February 1902


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Gabrielle Ray – The Casino Girl – The Oxford Chronicle and Reading Gazette – Friday 1st November 1901


 Mr. Ben Greet’s “Casino Girl” Company pays a welcome visit to the New Theatre next week. The personal abilities of the leading artistes in “The Casino Girl” -Mesdames Isa Bowman, Gabrielle Ray, etc., and Messrs. Joseph Wilson, Max Copland, Little Ganty, Stanley White, etc. – are in themselves sufficient to make even a dull play lively. When, however, they have scope in a play like “The Casino Girl,” with its smart dialogue and flowing lines wedded to tuneful airs and ludicrous situations, it affords an evening’s entertainment of special acceptability to Oxford.


The Oxford Chronicle and Reading Gazette – Friday 1st November 1901

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Gabrielle Ray – The Casino Girl – The Era – Saturday 30th November 1901



On Monday, Nov. 25th the Musical Comedy, in Two Acts,

by Harry B. Smith, Music by Ludwig Englander, entitled



This young Lady made her debut at the Kingston playhouse on Monday, and won the golden opinions of everybody. The company supporting the dainty little American is engineered by Mr Ben Greet, and is a capable one. Miss Isa Bowman plays the part of Laura Lee, the Casino Girl, and does so with a dash and vivacity that quickly establish her in the good of the audience. Miss Alice Gordon appears ns the irrepressible Mrs H. Malaprop Rocks, whilst Miss Lilian Stafford and Miss Ethel Allendale play Roxana and Lotta Rooks, her two charming daughters, in which parts they acquit themselves with distinction. Miss Gabrielle Ray also creates a favourable impression as Dolly Twinkle, the volatile danseuse. Mr Max Copland convulses everyone with laughter his quaint representation of Pilsener Pasha, and Mr Joseph Wilson as the eccentric Gaggs helps considerably in contributing to the general merriment. His topical song in the second act is not is several times redemanded nightly. Mr Cecil Curtis deserves a special word of commendation for an admirable portrayal of the part of the young doctor, Percy Stuyvesant, inasmuch as he not only looks the part to perfection, but is possessed of good tenor voice that is heard to advantage in some of the numbers allotted to him. Mr StanleyWhite and Mr Walter Freear are also very good as Ben Muley and Potage, his lieutenant, the latter acquitting himself very well, though taking the part at short notice. The chorus is strong one, and shows evidence of careful training.


The Era  Saturday 30th November 1901



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Gabrielle Ray – The Casino Girl – Cambridge Daily News – Monday 2nd December 1901

Ben Greet’s Company on tour in The Casino Girl at the New Theatre, Cambridge, for three nights beginning Monday, 2 December 1901.

The cast was headed by Isa Bowman as Laura Lee and Gabrielle Ray as Dolly Twinkle. Ethel Allandale, as Lotta Rocks, was also in the cast; she later became a member of G.H. Pelissier‘s ‘The Follies.’

(programme printed by Cowell, Ipswich)


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The Tatler – Wednesday 11th November 1903


Dramatic and Musical Gossip of the Week.

A Charming Dancer. –  Miss Gabrielle Ray as Thisbe at the new Gaiety gives promise of qualifying to win a place in the long roll of famous dancers. She has been five years in musical comedy, having made a beginning as Mamie Clancy in The Belle of New York with a company toured by Mr. Ben Greet. Then followed two years in his Casino Girl company as Dolly Twinkle, the part originated it the Shaftesbury by Miss Marie George. Four years previous to her engagement by Mr. Ben Greet Miss Ray had appeared as a child actress in a drama called Proof at the Elephant and Castle, and several pantomime parts in the provinces followed. A year ago she went to the Gaiety to under study Miss Gertie Millar in The Toreador, and from there went to the Apollo, where she has played Miss Letty Lind’s and Miss Ella Snyder’s parts without suffering by comparison. Miss Ray is neither French nor American as is surmised but comes from Lancashire.

The Tatler – Wednesday 11th November 1903

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The Casino Girl – The Bristol Times and Mirror – Tuesday 22nd April 1902


 (First played in Bristol on April 21st, 1902)


“The Casino Girl” was played at the Prince’s Theatre for the first time last night by Mr Ben Greet’s company, and it was accorded a flattering reception. Upon its original production in London, during the summer of 1900, it was candidly described as the twin sister of “The Belle of New York.” That invited a comparison which was scarcely fair. “The Belle of New York” broke new ground, and was a remarkable success. A second play constructed on similar lines consequently ran the risk, under these circumstances, of being judged not so much on its own merits as by the degree in which it approached the standard created by its predecessor. There is, however, no real comparison between the two works. The piece in which Miss Edna May made her name was by no means strong in story, but it was endowed with some captivating music. It was also rich in amusing incidents, and full of original characters – things which not only rendered it tolerable, but gave it attractions all its own. “The Casino Girl,” on the other hand, cannot be said to possess these charms. It would be impossible in the space we have at our disposal to describe the plot. So far as we could make out, there were four sets of characters. First there was Gaggs, a grand opera tenor, who has come to grief with his company in Cairo, and who adopts all sorts of devices to raise money. Then there was a wealthy American lady on the look out for titled husbands for her two daughters. In the third place we come across a casino girl from New York, who has started a business as a milliner in Cairo, where she is found by Percy Stuyvesant, her old lover; while lastly Pilsener Pasha with his hundred wives made his appearance, and has some curious dealings with two amusing ruffians. How all these people were brought together it is impossible to say, but they got delightfully mixed up, and the further the play advanced the more mixed they became. Frequently we seemed to be on the verge of an interesting situation and the development of a humours story, though it all comes to nothing. This is somewhat irritating, because a good thing was spoilt by the want of coherence. As for the music, it was occasionally catchy, often weird, but generally lacking in force. There was one remarkable song, “Nothing new,” a topical duet, “It’s a habit they have got”; and a descriptive piece, “Susie’s Sousa Mad,” which caught the public fancy, and were repeated over and over again with a readiness which tended to emphasise the poorness of the other numbers. To put it briefly, “The Casino Girl,” instead of being a twin sister to “The Belle of New York,” is only a distant relation suffering from unfortunate physical defects which prevent her following in the footsteps of her predecessor, although she occasionally appears likely to do so, and even to cut her out. Mr. Ben Greet’s company is rather like the play – unequal. Chief honours must certainly be given to Mr. Eardley Turner who was intensely funny as Offenbach Gaggs. It was possible to get many a genuine laugh out of his performance, and he never grew tedious. Mr. Max Copland also made a capital Pilsener Pasha, and it was not his fault if his Anglicised German became a little monotonous. Mr. Stanley White and Mr. O. E. Lennon were an amusing pair of ruffians. Their acrobatic antics were distinctly clever, and they saved more than one situation. The later, like Mr. H. Sparks, is a wonderful dancer. Several of the ladies were also more expert in this direction than as vocalists. Miss Isa Bowman, Miss Gabrielle Ray, Miss Maggie Bowman, Miss Louie Danby, and Miss Alice Gordon all did well at one time and another. Indeed in spite of the peculiarities of its construction, “The Casino Girl” contains many smart items, which are distinctly worth seeing. The piece is beautifully staged, and the dresses are really beautiful.

The Bristol Times and Mirror – Tuesday 22nd April 1902

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The Casino Girl (Rotary 1677 Q)

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The Casino Girl – Folkestone Express, Sandgate, Shorncliffe & Hythe Advertiser – Saturday 4th April 1903




This bright musical comedy made its re-appearance at the Theatre on Monday evening, and was enthusiastically received. It seemed almost like “the season” to see a well-filled house and such an excellent company in one of the great musical successes. Mr. Norman Page, formerly the “polite lunatic” of “The Belle of New York” plays the similar part of the “Pasha.” Mr. Stanley White brings out all the humours of “Signor Hasbeern,” and Mr. Frank Saker and Mr. Walter Freear cause much amusement as the two robbers. Of the ladies, Miss Daisy Semon as “Laura Lee” and Miss Gabrielle Ray as “Dolly Twinkle,” are full of vivacity, and are well supported by the lengthy cast. The chorus works well, and the whole production goes with a “bang.” The last performances are on Wednesday at 2.30 and 8.


Folkestone Express, Sandgate, Shorncliffe & Hythe Advertiser – Saturday 4th April 1903


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