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13 June 2015

9:00 AM

13 June 2015

9:00 AM

JUL

Pollock

JACKSON POLLOCK: BLIND SPOTS

Tate Liverpool, until 18 October

After those much-reproduced colourful drips came the ‘black pourings’: a sterner sort of abstraction that’s had many fewer public showings. This is the Tate’s richly endowed case for a reassessment.

Audrey-Hepburn

AUDREY HEPBURN: PORTRAITS OF AN ICON

National Portrait Gallery, from 2 July

Still cameras loved her even more than the cine camera; all the evidence is here.

A NUMBER

Young Vic, from 4 July

Caryl Churchill’s creepy clones are reproduced in London for the first time in ten years.

THE ASHES

Various venues, from 8 July

Things have changed since Australia beat England 5-0 last time. For a start, the Aussies are stronger… .

THEAKSTON’S OLD PECULIAR CRIME WRITING FESTIVAL

Various venues, 16–19 July

Whodunit? This year, those doing it include Lee Child, Sara Paretsky, and well-known crime novelist Eddie Izzard.

BAKKHAI

Almeida Theatre, 23 July–19 September

Euripedes at his most elemental, with Ben Whishaw as the vengeful Dionysos.

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PETER PAN

Royal Opera House, 24–25 July

J.M. Barrie’s boy who never grew up begins another stage in his varied career, in a ‘family opera’ by Richard Ayres with libretto by the poet Lavinia Greenlaw.

PORT ELIOT FESTIVAL


Cornwall, from 30 July

This cute Cornish festival of comedy, music, food and writing is perhaps the only place where Alan Johnson will be sharing a bill with the Unthanks.

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PROMS

Various venues, throughout August to 12 September

Highlights of the month’s Proms offerings include new work from James MacMillan and Sir András Schiff playing Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

HAMLET

Barbican, from 5 August

To be more precise, it’s Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet. That’s why you’re much too late to get a ticket. But there’s a live screen relay in October — and if you want to get as close as possible, it’s even going to the Barbican’s own cinema.

FILM 4 SUMMER SCREEN

Somerset House, 6–19 August

Perhaps the most architecturally handsome open-air cinema in the country: this year it has Roman Holiday, The Graduate, Withnail and I and, for those who prefer their summer nights with a touch of chill, Silence of the Lambs.

EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

Various venues, 7–31 August

Swerve the student drama and stand-up comedy of the Fringe and head to the EIF where you can catch Juliette Binoche in Antigone and new work from Canadian wizard of stagecraft Robert Lepage.

COWES WEEK

Isle of Wight, 8–15 August

The sailing world descends on the Isle of Wight for its annual jamboree.

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THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.

Various cinemas, from 14 August

In time, every fragment of your childhood will become a Hollywood blockbuster. Armie Hammer is the blond one. Henry Cavill is the suave one. Guy Ritchie, we’re afraid, is the director.

Meltdown

DAVID BYRNE’S MELTDOWN

Southbank Centre, 17–30 August

There’s one big surprise about the Southbank’s festival of musical genre-busting being handed to the former Talking Head and current world-pop philosopher: that he hadn’t done it years ago.

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PURITY

Released 1 September

After Freedom comes Purity – the latest offering from Jonathan Franzen, the much-disputed and disputing heavyweight champion of American literature.

END OF THE ROAD FESTIVAL

Dorset, 4–6 September

A fantastic indie line-up includes Sufjan Stevens, Laura Marling and The War on Drugs.

LEST WE FORGET

Sadler’s Wells, 8–12 September

Acclaimed first world war triptych from English National Ballet.

THE GLASS MENAGERIE

Various venues, from 12 September

Headlong, the company behind Enron and Chimerica, bring their brand of bold theatricality to Tennessee Williams’s breakthrough play.

KEVIN BRIDGES

Hammersmith Apollo, 14–19 September

The Scottish stand-up is one of the best and brightest of the panel show comics doing the rounds of the UK’s arenas.

Ai-Weiwei

AI WEIWEI

Royal Academy, from 19 September

Artworks drawn from two decades of the trailblazing Chinese artist’s career, including several new large-scale installations.


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