Gabrielle Ray

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The Merry Widow Souvenir – The Tatler – Wednesday 12th August 1908

THE MERRY WIDOW SOUVENIR,

 Adrian Ross Tells its Story in Verse.

 

We have all rejoiced in The Merry Widow – that wonderful achievement by Franz Lehar that has produced crowded houses all over Europe for so long a time. The English version is not the least delightful and the lyrics by Mr. Adrian Ross help in no small degree to that result. Here is the “souvenir” which commemorates a hundred nights. It is daintily printed in colour, the artist being Mr. Talbot Hughes, many examples of whose work we are able to reproduce here.

The joy of the book to me, however, is in the history of the play told in rhyme by Mr. Adrian Ross. Mr. Ross, known in private life as Mr. Ropes, has a peculiar gift in the direction of comment on life conveyed in verse. That gift is at its brightest and best in this history of the play of The Merry Widow. There is an extraordinary amount of high spirits and jollity in Mr. Ross’s metrical narrative, which runs to some hundreds of lines. This souvenir is certainly a delightful memento for the thousands of people who have already seen The Merry Widow and for those thousands of others who will be wise to see it in the future.

When last saw The Merry Widow Miss Lily Elsie was “out of the bill,” but Miss Constance Drever took her place with great efficiency, and happily Mr. Joseph Coyne and Mr. George Graves were as genuinely funny as usual. Miss Gabrielle Ray as Frou-Frou was as blithe as ever.

 

The Tatler – Wednesday 12th August 1908

 

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