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SALMAN RUSHDIE'S (right) fatwa-informed testament to the power of fiction, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, the tale of a young boy's journey to a magic sea to retrieve his father's yarn-spinning talent, couldn't come to the stage at a better time. With the ingenious Tim Supple directing and the inspirational disabled actor Nabil Shaban taking a starring role, it should work wonders for all ages.

Cottesloe, RNT, London SE1 (0171-452 3000) 7pm

For something altogether more ephemeral, try housewife-superstar Bobby Baker's acclaimed guide to the art of successful supermarket shopping, How to Shop, revived for two nights as part of the British Festival of Visual Theatre.

Purcell Room, London SE1 (0171-960 4242) 8pm