Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill at Wyndham's Theatre tickets
Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill at Wyndham's Theatre tickets

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About the show

Multiple Tony Award-winning actress Audra McDonald makes her highly anticipated West End debut as the legendary jazz star Billie Holiday at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre. Directed by the prolific Lonny Price (Company, Candide) Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill immerses the audience in one of Holiday’s most intimate gigs, discovering her heart-breaking loves and losses.

Written by Lanie Robertson (The Insanity of Mary Girard), the critically-acclaimed Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill takes the audience on a tumultuous journey through Holiday’s extraordinary life. Set at a bar in 1959 Philadelphia, Holiday gives what became one of her final performances, opening up to her awaiting audience. Through moving monologues and a heart-wrenching score accompanied by a luscious live jazz band, McDonald gives the performance of her career as the renowned jazz singer. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill includes plenty of popular songs, such as ‘What a Little Moonlight Can Do’, ‘Strange Fruit’ and ‘Taint Nobody’s Biz-ness’.

Earning two 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Actress for her performance as Holiday, McDonald is the only performer in Tony history to have received awards from all four acting categories. Her extensive credits include Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun and Gershwin’s ultimate classic Porgy and Bess. McDonald’s musical prowess has also been recognised by winning two Grammy Awards and an Emmy, with multiple solo albums recorded.

Revered as one of the greatest voices of all time, Holiday rose to fame in the 1930s and 40s and recorded various hits that have become defining jazz numbers. After a struggle with addiction which caused an untimely death at the age of 44, Holiday was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill celebrates the singer in all her glory, with moving, inspirational music that will remind the audience of one of the world’s greatest stars. This is set to be one of the hottest tickets in town.

Recommended for

Billie Holiday fans will not be disappointed, as Audra McDonald transforms magnificently into the legendary singer and shouldn't miss the chance to get tickets!

Age Recommendations: May not be suitable for very young children

Dates and times

Running time: 90 minutes with no interval
Opened: 17 Jun 2017
Press night: 27 Jun 2017
Booking from: 08 Sep 2017
Booking until: 09 Sep 2017

Location and map

Wyndham's Theatre
Charing Cross Rd
London, WC2H 0DA

61 Reviews Add review

Though the show itself is flawed, Audra Mcdonald is absolutely mind-blowing in her long overdue West End debut, we can only hope that... More

SoniaFriedmanStan 5"6, 66 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Come on, what more can I say than it's Audra-Freaking-McDonald, holder of the most Tony Awards of any actor ever and bearer of the... More

YankInLondon 5'5", 43 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I only saw this show to see Audra McDonald in action and boy was it worth it. What an absolutely incredible performance. I didn't... More

Jamb0r 178, 182 reviews, 8 helpful votes

A very powerful and unique show. Audra was sensational and it was a real treat to see her perform. The story is moving and captivating... More

bryonyjameson 5"7, 120 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Audra McDonald in this show is beyond words. Her performance is a complete masterclass in acting and singing. It feels like an honour... More

gdeacon95 6'1, 95 reviews, 6 helpful votes

Wow..... One of the best performances on stage this year. Audra McDonald should win an award for her heartfelt, captivating, mesmerising,... More

joc78 5"4, 435 reviews, 7 helpful votes

I was stiff at the end; itt would've helped if I'd moved more - but you see, I was so enthralled! Audra McDonald is a six-time Tony... More

u2fancat 5'6'', 93 reviews, 2 helpful votes

On a 2nd viewing this goes from great to awesome and spellbinding. In the 3 days between seeing the show twice I re-listened to all... More

matthewhisbent 3 reviews, 0 helpful votes

What a wonderful experience to see the legendary Audra McDonald perform in London! Her one-woman show displayed a pure stage-veteran's... More

AlexPhillips 171cm, 81 reviews, 1 helpful vote