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For those of you who find yourself in London this summer (It is far warmer than Edinburgh, I promise) there are many new and exciting productions. Ranging from musicals about wartime love to revivals of classics, there is something for everyone in London’s West End theatre. Here are some hot summer tickets you definitely don’t want to miss out on.

Quick-lipped comedian Julian Clary is never far from a double-entendre or withering put down in his frequent live shows and TV appearances, and he also has a couple of gloriously camp musical appearances under his belt.  This September, however, he finally dives into his first foray into 'straight' acting in a play written specifically for him by the late Stephen Clark: Le Grand Mort at the Trafalgar Studios.

Lady Day was originally slated to make its West End debut - along with McDonald making hers, too - last year. However, a surprise pregnancy rocked McDonald's world and alas, the show was cancelled. I cannot tell you how devastated I was at the thought of not getting to see McDonald in this play after all, but to my great joy, the show is here in the West End a year later and was well worth the long wait.

There are many shows perfect for the whole family to enjoy, but here are a number to inspire you on how to spend your Summer Holidays, or ones to note for next year (providing they’re still booking). Let us know what you’ve seen, or will be seeing with your family. Until then, happy theatre viewing!

Following a sold out run at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, Helen Edmundson's fascinating play about one of Britain's lesser known rulers transferred to the Theatre Royal Haymarket this June.  Emma Cunniffe (Great Expectations, The Crucible), is the titular Queen Anne, a monarch torn between her duty and the plans of her persuasive and manipulative best friend Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, played by Romola Garai (Atonement, The Hour).  We grabbed five minutes with the ladies to talk about the production. 

Currently playing at Wyndhams' Theatre in London, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill is an atmospheric, convincing, 90-minute production which draws you into the exuberant personality of Billie Holiday, who is played by the multi-award winning Audra McDonald.

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