Lady Day At Emerson's Bar & Grill tickets
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Lady Day At Emerson's Bar & Grill Tickets

Wyndham's Theatre, London4.8165 reviews
“Mesmerizing! Pouring her heart into her voice, Audra McDonald breathes life into Billie Holiday’s greatest songs.” The New York Times

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Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill is a play with music by Lanie Robertson, recounting some events in the life of Billie Holiday

It is 1959, in a small, intimate bar in Philadelphia. Billie Holiday puts on a show that unbeknownst to the audience, will leave them witnesses to one of the last performances of her lifetime.  Through her poignant voice and moving songs, one of the greatest jazz singers of all-time shares her loves and her losses. 

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill premiered at the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia, in 1986, with direction by Woodie King, Jr. and Reenie Upchurch as Billie Holiday. Buy tickets now it now for Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill at the Wyndhams Theatre in London!

“One of the most exquisite & haunting performances of the year!” - Entertainment Weekly


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God Bless the Child (music by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog, Jr.; lyrics by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog, Jr.)
Foolin' Myself (music by Jack Lawrence and Peter Tinturin; lyrics by Jack Lawrence and Peter Tinturin)

★★★★★ ‘Audra McDonald is spellbinding as Billie Holiday. It’s the real deal. Get a ticket.’ - The Times

★★★★★ ‘Awesome, astonishing and sensational’ Mail on Sunday

★★★★★ The most daring and accomplished performance of the year’ - Sunday Express

‘A powerhouse performance’ Evening Standard

‘Utterly intoxicating.’ The Telegraph

‘Absolutely astonishing.’ The I Newspaper

Book Lady Day At Emerson's Bar & Grill, at the Wyndham's Theatre now!

Additional Information

Running time

1 hour and 35 min with no interval

Performance dates

17 June - 09 September 2017. Monday to Saturday at 7.45pm, Wednesday and Saturday at 2.45pm


Contains strong language.

Special notes

Security: For your comfort and security, you may be subject to additional checks on your visit to London theatres - we appreciate your patience and understanding while these are taking place. Unfortunately, the theatre is unable to accept large items of luggage in our cloakrooms at this time. If you are travelling with such items, storage solutions are available throughout London. Patrons seated on stage and at cabaret seating must check their bags into the free of charge cloakrooms provided. Should you require assistance, please ask a member of staff who will gladly assist

Venue Information

Wyndham's TheatreCharing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DA

Customer Reviews

165 reviews4.8

Christine Crago17th September

Sensational show. Audra is Lady Day and she made me laugh and cry...sensational.

Malcolm Wright14th September

A very powerful and moving performance by the leading lady portraying the final years of Billie Holiday. Really enjoyed the three accompanying musicians making for a truly enjoyably evening. Would not hesitate to see the show again if it ever comes round. Certainly rated this show five stars

Paula Lyttle10th September

Audra McDonald's performance transports you to into spiralling decline of Billie Holiday latter so powerfully. At times it was so raw but poignant that I had no trouble in suspending my disbelief - she was Lady Day!

Jane Reid9th September

Totally amazing. Vocals and band were incredible

David Baines9th September

Amazing I would see it again

David Sherrington9th September

A wonderful show with a fantastic star

richard 9th September

Aa good as all the reviewway said.

Margaret Kneller8th September

Excellent show, and Audra was stunning. A difficult role which she played superbly.

David B. west yorkshire8th September

Great show a little bit different from what i expected, but very good, great voice and real story Theatre could do with more fresh air, sat perspiring, not so good Still 5 star show

Elizabeth Jenson8th September

Audra McDonald WAS Billie Holiday! Best show of the year for me!

John Sanders8th September

Myself and my wife thought it was brilliant . Long session without a toilet break , though ????

Ross McCleary7th September

First the venue and stage set was excellent, intimate and a cracking 3 piece band. The portrayal of Billie Holiday was outstanding, heartbreaking, I had tears in my eyes from the first note of her cracked and beautiful voice.The story line was so cleverly interwoven through songs and communication to the audience.Huge respect to Audra McDonald, she was just mesmerising.