Orange Tree, Richmond, Surrey (0181-940 3633) 7.45pm
Bill Alexander's Hamlet has got Birmingham Rep's new improved season off to a rousing start. The cherubic Richard McCabe lends a deceptively light-hearted edge to the prince's "antic disposition", parading about in a nightgown through a vast, murky Elsinore to unnerve the panic-prone Claudius (Gerard Murphy, right). Strongly recommended.
Birmingham Rep Theatre (0121-236 4455) 7.30pm.