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?'

Eric Loder – The Tatler – Wednesday 3rd August 1927

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Daisy Irving – The Merry Widow – The Tatler – Wednesday 10th July 1907

The Talk of the Town

 

PRINCE DANILO (MR. JOSEPH COYNE) AND SONIA (MISS LILY ELSIE) DANCING THE MUCH-TALKED-OF WALTZ

This scene, the most important of the second act, sees the delightful waltz which from the first performance has evoked scenes of extraordinary enthusiasm on the part of the audience

 

BARON POPOFF (MR. GEORGE GRAVES) TELLS A FUNNY STORY

 

Mr. Graves’s sayings throughout the piece are irresistible and evoke roars of laughter.

Seated on his right are: Frou-Frou (Miss Daisie Irving), Margot (Miss Margot Erskine),

To-To (Miss Mabel Munroe), and on his left Jou-Jou (Miss Dolly Dombey)

 

In “The Merry Widow” Mr. George Edwardes has found a comic opera which will fill Daly’s Theatre for many months to come. In every way in music, in lyrics, in acting a genuine success has been found, and it is hard to say to whom should he awarded the honours of the occasion. Never have the famous band of drolls Mr. Joseph Coyne, Mr. George Graves, Mr. W. H. Berry, and Mr. Fred Kaye acted better, and if only for the introduction of Miss Lily Elsie is Mr. Edwardes to be cordially thanked for “The Merry Widow.”

The whole town is now ringing with the haunting strains of the beautiful dance in the second act of “The Merry Widow,” charmingly interpreted by Mr. Coyne and Miss Elsie, and the music which has delighted a continent is giving equal delight here. In M. Franz Lehar is the true successor to Offenbach, and it is to be hoped that London will soon see further examples of his true musical talent. A word is due to our contributor, Mr. Adrian Ross, for his very pleasing lyrics for this most successful piece.

 

SCENE FROM ACT III. – SONIA TO THE PRINCE: “I LOVE YOU I I LOVE YOU!  I’VE ALWAYS LOVED YOU!”

 

The names of the characters, reading from left to right, are: Nisch, messenger to the legation (Mr. W. H. Berry); Sylvaine (Miss Irene Desmond);

M. de St. Brioche Mr. Gordon Cleather); Natalie, wife of Baron Popoff (Miss Elizabeth Firth); Baron Popoff (Mr. George Graves); Prince Danilo (Mr. Joseph Coyne);

Sonia (Miss Lily Elsie); General Novikovich (Mr. Fred Kaye); Olga, wife of Novikovich (Miss Nina Sevening)

M. Khadja (Mr.V. 0’Conncor and the Marquis de Cascada (Mr. Lennox Pawle)

 

The Tatler – Wednesday 10th July 1907

 

Daisy Irving – The Tatler – Wednesday 24th July 1907

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Daisy Irving – The Tatler – Wednesday 24th July 1907

In June 1907 Daisy Irving created the role of Frou Frou in The Merry Widow at Daly’s when Gabrielle Ray, for whom the role of Frou Frou was intended, was taken ill. She reverted to a slightly smaller role of Lo-Lo when Gabrielle Ray had recovered, then briefly played the title role in 1909

Frost, C. (2016) “The Female Stars of Musical Theatre in Edwardian England,” The
Lavenham Press, Lavenham, Suffolk. (p 161)

 

Daisy Irving – 1910

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Eric Loder – The Tatler – Wednesday 26th October 1938

Major and Mrs. Eric Loder have, since the picture was taken arrived back in London. She was the widow of the late Sir Mortimer Davis.

 

The Tatler – Wednesday 26th October 1938

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Eric Loder – The Tatler – Wednesday 3rd February 1937

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Eric Loder – The Tatler – Wednesday 16th August 1939

 

DEAUVILLE GALA: AT THE AMBASSADEURS

Major and Mrs. Eric Loder dining à deux. Major Loder belongs to a large and sporting clan which has the newly-married Sir Giles Loder to head it. His wife come from Louisiana and was formerly Lady Davis, widow of Sir Mortimer Barnett Davis. They both like Deauville more than somewhat

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Mrs Basil Loder – Lily Elsie – The Tatler – Wednesday 16th May 1917

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Gabrielle Ray – The Orchid – The Tatler – Wednesday 11th November 1903

The Grand Finale in “The Orchid” at the New Gaiety Theatre.

 

Our photographer is to be congratulated on the splendid flashlight effect he has secured in the final scene of The Orchid at the Gaiety Theatre. We are here shown the interior of the opera house at Nice, where all the principal actors and actresses engaged in The Orchid come in front of the stage. In the centre will be noticed Miss Gertie Millar and Miss Connie Ediss; next her is Mr. Edmund Payne, then we see to the left Miss Ethel Sydney and Mr. George Grossmith, jun. Flashlight effects of this kind are not yet all one hopes to see them, but this picture is very interesting. It is a pity that one is not able to get an equally good impression of an audience, particularly the audience of a first-night performance

 

The Tatler – Wednesday 11th November 1903

 

The Orchid (Rotary 3191 F) shows other members of the cast named

 

 

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Basil Loder – The Tatler – Wednesday 29th January 1908

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Gabrielle Ray – Engagement – The Tatler – Wednesday 17th January 1912

More Stage and Stalls.

 An interesting engagement is that of Mr. Eric Loder, a nephew of Sir Edmund Loder, and Miss Gabrielle Ray, the well known actress of Gaiety and Daly’s fame. This bridegroom, too, like Lord Stafford and Miss Lohr’s future husband, Mr. Tony Prinsep, is some way off his quarter-century in years, but his bride-to-be confesses to twenty-seven years. Mr. Eric Loder is tall and fair and rich, and a most enthusiastic Brooklands motorist, while Miss Ray is small and fair and a delightful dancer whose charming personality is familiar to everyone. She is in fact the most bephotographed actress of the day.

 

The Tatler – Wednesday 17th January 1912

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