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Twelfth Night

John Retallack's astute, warmly enjoyable production of Shakespeare's comedy of romantic ardour and sexual confusion is short on melancholy and long on well-played humour.

The Hawth, Crawley, 7.30pm (01293 553636)

Erasmus Montanus

Family feuds and comic upheavals in this welcome transfer of Ludvig Holberg's 18th-century Scandinavian play virtually unknown in this country.

BAC, London SW11, 7.30pm (0171-223 2223)

Valley Song

Athol Fugard, South Africa's foremost dramatist, plays a fictionalised version of himself (and controversially, a servile black character) in his first play since the landmark election of 1994 in a production roundly praised in New York.

Royal Court, London SW1, 7.30pm (0171-730 1745)