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Leading lady in the theatre? (5)


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'theatre?' is the definition.
Although both the answer and definition are singular nouns, I can't see how one could define the other.

'leading lady in' is the wordplay.
'leading' becomes 'ur' (I can't justify this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'lady' becomes 'she' ('she' refers to a woman).
'in' means one lot of letters goes inside another.
'ur' enclosing 'she' is 'USHER'.

'the' acts as a link.

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(Other definitions for usher that I've seen before include "pilot" , "One who shows people to seats" , "Doorkeeper; one showing to place" , "Introduce" , "Official doorkeeper or guide" .)

I've seen this clue in The Sun.
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