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?'

Bessie / Gabrielle Ray – The Casino Girl – The Richmond Herald – Saturday 14th December 1901

Miss Bessie Ray, with whose performance as a child in pantomime all Richmond was delighted is a big girl now and has taken unto herself the name of Gabrielle as a Christian appellation in place of the homely Bessie. As a rule, artistes who achieve any success stick to the name associated with their success to the end of their days. Miss Ray, however, has chosen to do otherwise, and who shall question the right of so saucy a damsel to please herself. There is one thing the young lady appears to be conservative about, and that is her wearing apparel – for Gabrielle’s frocks in “The Casino Girl” must surely have been made for Bessie when Bessie was a very little girl.

The Richmond Herald Saturday – 14th December 1901


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Bessie Ray – The Belle of New York – Richmond Herald – Saturday 4th May 1901

The return visit of “The Belle of New York” will doubtless be welcomed by Richmond playgoers, and especially so when they know that it has been arranged that two old favourites are to appear in it. Miss Empsie Bowman as the Belle, and Miss Bessie Ray as a Bowery Girl. The Company is Mr. Ben Greet’s, and nothing more need be said to satisfy the public that the quality of the artistes and the mounting of the play will be all that it should be.


The Richmond Herald – Saturday 4th May 1901

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Gabrielle Ray – The Casino Girl – The Richmond Herald – Saturday 14th December 1901



 A very bright show indeed is “The Casino Girl,” and it is presented by a capital company sent out by Mr. Ben Greet and captained by Mr. W. J. Robertson. The piece is not called the twin sister to “The Belle of New York” for nothing. There certainly is a remarkable likeness between the two in regard to the characters, the most striking resemblance being in Pilsener Pasha who is simply the Polite Lunatic over again. Mr. Max. Copeland in the part is very good indeed. Mr. Joseph Wilson as J. Offenbach Gaggs, is full of amusing antics and clever business, though his singing is decidedly weak, and it may interest him to know that only words her and there of his song about “The Tatooed Man” could he heard in the stalls. Mr. Cecil Curtis is satisfactory as the young doctor, and Messrs Stanley White and Walter Freear as the brother bandits are very comical. Miss Isa Bowman is as charming as she is clever in the part of “The Casino Girl,” singing and dancing very daintily, while Miss Gabrielle Ray, nee Bessie of that ilk, was full of pretty tricks and graceful poses as Dolly Twinkle. Miss Lilian and Miss Ethel Allendale are very chic girls front Chicago, and their Malaprop Mamma is well impersonated by Miss Alice Gordon. The music is very bright, the singing is on the whole excellent, the piece is very well dressed and the stage pictures are particularly good, being quite a feature of the entertainment. The cast is as follow:-

Pilsener Pasha, a Brewer, whose introduction of Beer into Egypt won him his title, Mr. Max Copland.

Offenbach Gaggs, known as Senior Hasbeeni, a Grand Opera Tenor who takes a Company to Cairo and meets with reserves, Mr. Joseph Wilson.

Percy Harold, Ethelbert Van Styvesant of New York, a young Doctor in love with the Casino Girl, Mr. Cecil Curtis.

Ben Muley, Chief of a Gang of Thieves, a Deserter from the French Army, Mr. Stanley White.

Potage, his Lieutenant, Mr. Walter Freear.

First Officer, Mr. Cook.

Laura Lee, formerly of the New York Casino Company known in Cairo as Mdlle. Estelle, a French Milliner, Isa Bowman.

Dolly Twinkle, leading Dancer of the Comic Opera Company, managed by J. Offenbach Gaggs, Miss Gabrielle Ray.

Miss Roxano Rocks, an Heiress from Chicargo, Miss Lilian Stafford.

Lotta Rocks, her Sister, Miss Ethel Allendale.

Mrs. H. Malaprop Rocks, a leader of Chicargo Society, better half of Rocks & Co., Pork Packers to the Western Metropolis, Miss Alice Gordon.

Selim, a Page, Miss Edith St. Clair.

Odaliska, the Pasha’s Favourite, Miss Mabel Levelle.

Miss Broadway, of New York, Miss Wallington.

Miss Chestnut , of Philadelphia, Miss Wabash, of  Chicago, Miss Charles, of  Baltimore, Miss Avenue, of  St. Louis, Miss Kearney, of San Francisco, Members of an Opera Company (Gaggs) Miss Collyer, Miss Napier, Miss Brewster, Miss Vera Trevelyan, and Miss Daisy Trevelyan.

Errand Boy, Mr. U. Grant.


The Richmond Herald – Saturday 14th December 1901


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Gabrielle Ray – The Casino Girl – The Richmond Herald – Saturday 27th September 1902


Next week will be produced “The Casino Girl.” The revised version, to be presented by Mr. Ben Greet’s talented company, has achieved the highest possible success. One reason of the success attained in the provinces is that Mr. Greet has adhered to his hard and fast rule of giving the play-going public only “the best.” Consequently, both as regards artists, dresses, scenery, and general appointments, the production is as near to perfection as it is possible to get. The company that Mr. Ben Greet has selected to present “The Casino Girl” contains many artistes well-known to theatre-goers both in London and the country. A most important engagement has been made in the person of that droll American comedian. Mr. J. T. Sullivan (“The Polite Lunatic”), who will play “Pilsener Pasha,” his original character at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London. Amongst others in the cast are Messrs. Eardley, Turner, Walter Freear (brother of the famous little “Louie” of that ilk), Stanley White, Laurance Wensley, &c., and Mesdames Maud Darling (who sustains the title role), Gabrielle Ray, Connie Leon, Beatrice Poole, and Madge Cleaver, with an exceptionally large chorus. The company is under the direction of Mr. J. Bannister Howard. and Mr. W. J. Robertson looks after Mr. Ben Greet’s interests as business manager. From every point of view, “The Casino Girl” appeals to the tastes of laughter-loving play-goers,  who desire an evening’s bright and merry amusement.


The Richmond Herald – Saturday 27th September 1902

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Gabrielle Ray – The Casino Girl – The Richmond Herald – Saturday 7th December 1901

“The Casino Girl,” which visits Richmond nest week, chaperoned by Mr. Ben Greet, or rather by his able and genial representative, Mr. W. J. Robertson, ought to arouse the lethargic local patrons of the stage and cause a steady stream of people bound for all parts of the house to flow along Duke-street nightly between 7.15 and 7.45 from Monday to Saturday next. “The Casino Girl,” like its twin sister, “The Belle of New York,” appeals to everybody. The artistes include Messrs. Joseph Wilson, Max Copland, Cecil Curtiss, Stanley White, and Walter Freear, Misses Isa Bowman, Gabrielle Ray, Ethel Allendale, Lillian Stafford, and Alice Gordon. It is about time the Richmond Theatre had a run of good fortune. A series of very excellent bookings has now set in, and it is to be hoped that such of the public as are inclined for theatre-going will patronize the local temple of the drama instead of going elsewhere.

The Richmond Herald Saturday 7th December 1901

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Gabrielle Ray – The Richmond Herald – Saturday 10th November 1906

Miss Lily Elsie has the makings of a “wastrel” of the deepest die. She would like a vote if she could bring about some nice reforms such as free cabs to and from the theatre. Again, Miss Rosin Fillipi wanted to know whether, if she had a vote, she could help the theatre more. Such frankness is quite charming. These ladies evidently have an eye to the main chance. Miss Evie Green always craves for a vote when the man calls for the income tax; and Mlle. Adeline Greene, the adored of the Oxford undergraduate, strikes the same note when she says that she thinks women ought to have the privilege of voting seeing that they pay just as the men do. These two ladies have struck the bed-rock reason upon which the demand for female suffrage is based, namely, that inasmuch as women help to pay the piper, they should have a voice in the calling of the tune. Miss Montetiore will, I am sure, hold out the hand of fellowship to the Misses Green and Genee. One more Suffragette I must quote. Miss Gabrielle Ray thinks ladies ought to vote, “It would do the men a bit of good,” she said. “The influence of this new and kind-hearted electorate would transform Parliament and brighten up England.” I wonder if it would!


The Richmond Herald – Saturday 10th November 1906

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