The big news from Stratford is that Gregory Doran's production is one of the most richly textured, best-acted versions of the play we have seen in years. And Tennant, as anyone familiar with his earlier work with the RSC would expect, has no difficulty in making the transition from the BBC's Time Lord to a man who could be bounded in a nutshell and count himself a king of infinite space. He is a fine Hamlet whose virtues, and occasional vices, are inseparable from the production itself.
Sci-fi fans have been camping overnight in the hope of return tickets or, at least, a glimpse of the actor between rehearsals. While ten £5 seats are set aside each day for 16 to 25-year-olds, who have to turn up at the box office in person, tickets are changing hands on eBay for hundreds of pounds, to the dismay of the RSC. Chris Hill, the company's director of sales and marketing, said: "The RSC does not support the selling of tickets at inflated prices on eBay or other internet auction sites. The reselling of any RSC ticket on such sites violates the terms and conditions associated with the purchase of the ticket." He cautioned: "We are contacting anyone who lists a ticket to explain that they must remove the listing . . . People who do purchase a ticket in this way run the risk of being refused admission."