What's On: Round-up of stage openings and events

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WHAT'S ON

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Spoiling
Theatre Royal Stratford East

Just a matter of days before a referendum on Scottish independence, one play on the subject as crossed the border from Edinburgh and settles in east London for a spell.

Traverse Theatre Company's Spoiling features the first Foreign Minister of the independent country about to deliver a keynote speech on its relationship with England. But there's a problem, she's refusing to say the words she's been given.

Until Sept 13, £15 (£10), 8pm, stratfordeast.com

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My Perfect Mind
Young Vic

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Acclaimed classical actor Edward Petherbridge rehearsed the role of King Lear - then a major stroke left him barely able to move. As he struggled to recover, he realised the Lear still existed word for word in his mind.

He turned his journey into a moving, outrageous and comic exploration of the resilience of the human spirit.

Sept 3-27, £19.50, 7.45pm, youngvic.org

GIG
Electric Elizabethans
Wilton's Music Hall

For one night only, guitarist/composer David Braid and pianist Sergei Podobedov present renaissance and baroque music with a contemporary twist, alongside the world premiere of David's new work Symphony for Two.

The Braid-Podobedov duo have devised a special programme for this performance, using their own transcriptions of the music of composers such as Sweelinck, Bach and Byrd.

Sept 3, £10-£15, 7.30pm, wiltons.org.uk



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FURTHER AFIELD
Michael Flatley is putting the final touches to Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games, a new staging of the masterpiece which has its West End premiere at the London Palladium from September 1 complete with Girls Aloud's Nadine Coyle.
Go to lordofthedance.com



3 OF A KIND
Comedians in the stage spotlight

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1. Lenny Henry
Rudy's Rare Records

The stage "newcomer" prepares to tread the boards at the Hackney Empire in Rudy's Rare Records, a stage adaptation of his successful radio show about three generations rubbing shoulders in a reggae record shop.
From Sept 24, £25, hackneyempire.co.uk

2. David Baddiel
The Infidel

Baddiel has adapted his own hit film for the Stratford East stage with the addition of music. He co-directs this crowdfunded project and his subject could hardly be less topical with a comic twist on an East End Muslim who discovers he's adopted - and a Jew.
From Oct 4, Theatre Royal Stratford East, £11-£24, stratfordeast.com

3. Ronni Ancona
Little Revolution

Alecky Blythe took to the streets of riot-torn London in 2011 and recorded verbatim what residents of North London were saying. The result reveals the tension behind city life and features a welter of stars including Imogen Stubbs and impressionist comic Ancona.
Until Oct 4, Almeida Theatre, £9-£36, almeida.co.uk