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The Herbal Bed; The Learned Ladies; The Comedy of Errors

Three small-scale hits: Peter Whelan's medicine and mendacity drama and two seriously funny comedies from Moliere and Shakespeare in the dextrous hands of Steven Pimlott and Tim Supple.

RSC, The Other Place, Stratford

(01789 295623)

Hedda Gabler

Alexandra Gilbreath is bold, austere and terrifying in Stephen Unwin's clear-eyed production; Harriet Walter breathes ice and fire in Lindy Davies's emotional rollercoaster. Take your pick.

Donmar Warehouse / Chichester Festival

(0171-369 1732)

Shining Souls

Ian Brown bids farewell to the Traverse with Chris Hannan's seriously funny new play, his first for five years. Well worth the wait.

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

(0131-228 1404)