The first images of Broadway star Audra McDonald making her West End debut as Billie Holiday have been released as the production begins previews at the Wyndham’s Theatre. 

(c) Marc Brenner. 

Spend an intimate evening filled with some of the most inspiring and moving songs ever written and hear the personal stories of Holiday’s loves and losses through a turbulent but extraordinary life.

With a glorious score featuring God Bless the Child, What a Little Moonlight Can Do, Strange Fruit, Crazy He Calls Me and Taint Nobody’s Biz-ness you’d better pull up a chair and order a drink because this legend’s got a life to sing.

(c)Marc Brenner.

Written by Lanie Robertson and directed by Lonny Price, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill is set in  1959, in a small, intimate bar in Philadelphia, Holiday puts on a show that unbeknownst to the audience, will leave them witnesses to one of the last performances of her lifetime.

Having performed the role on Broadway, leading her to win her sixth Tony award, Audra McDonald makes her West End debut in the production. She is the only person to win Tony awards in all four acting categories.

Billie ‘Lady Day’ Holiday was one of the greatest jazz singers of all time, rising to fame in the 1930’s and 40’s with a vocal style that was inspired by jazz instrumentalists. Sadly she died at the untimely age of 44, following struggles with addiction and a difficult personal life.

(c) Marc Brenner. 

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill continues to play at the Wyndham’s Theatre until the 9th September. To book tickets visit:, Discount, See, Theatre Tickets, Love, Last, Theatre and UK