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



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

My Perfect Mind
Young Vic


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

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


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

Comedians in the stage spotlight


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