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: 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.
Young Vic, from 4 July
Caryl Churchill’s creepy clones are reproduced in London for the first time in ten years.
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.
Almeida Theatre, 23 July–19 September
Euripedes at his most elemental, with Ben Whishaw as the vengeful Dionysos.
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.
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.
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.
Isle of Wight, 8–15 August
The sailing world descends on the Isle of Wight for its annual jamboree.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Royal Academy, from 19 September
Artworks drawn from two decades of the trailblazing Chinese artist’s career, including several new large-scale installations.