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THE INDEX C ar l o s A c o sta London Coliseum, from 30 July ‘Classical Selection’ is a sort of live highlights reel from Cuba’s acclaimed ballet dancer: Balanchine, MacMillan, Ashton and more.

B l o nd i e The Roundhouse, 7 July Debbie Harry et al demonstrate that punk — at least their bit of it — isn’t dead.

L i o l a , N at i o na l T h e atr e National Theatre, 31 July Former NT artistic director Sir Richard Eyre returns to the Southbank to helm this Pirandello revival.

Old Peculier C r i m e W r i t i ng F e st i va l Harrogate, 18-21 July With a writer line-up including Susan Hill, Val McDermid and Ruth Rendell, you won’t be wondering why we’ve called you all here. T h e W o r l d ’ s End Various cinemas, 19 July Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright return to the mode of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz — now declared the first two parts of their ‘Three ­F lavours Cornetto’ trilogy — for a tale of a pub crawl during an alien invasion.

Lu dov ic o E i na u d i Barbican, 31 July until 4 August The Italian pianist and composer best known for his soundtrack work on films including Untouchable and This is England comes to the Barbican for a short residency.


Peter Doig Scottish National Gallery, 3 August until 3 November A retrospective of painting and works on paper from the past ten years by the great Scottish painter. The exhibition, No Foreign Lands, will be Doig’s first major show in his homeland.




T h e A sh e s Various venues, from 10 July Even in a year with ten Ashes Tests — five home, then five away — England-Australia tickets are a cricket fan’s most prized possession. It all begins at Trent Bridge.   Pau l W e l l e r Kew the Music, 11 July The Modfather might look a little out of place in genteel Kew Gardens, but he always puts on a decent show.

B l e e d i ng Edg e Published on 17 September Thomas Pynchon’s new novel is ‘a historical romance on New York in the early days of the internet’: after the dotcom boom, before 9/11.

T h e S trang e Und o i ng o f P r u d e nc i a H art CLF Theatre, 5-9 August It’s based on Burns, Border ballads and poems by Robert Service; it features live music and whiskey. And it’s on tour from the National Theatre of Scotland to a former cricket-­bat factory in Peckham, south London.  

Carlos Acosta: Getty; Paul Weller: Redferns via Getty; Peter Doig: Girl in White with Trees; Australia: Sidney Nolan, Ned Kelly, 1946, National Gallery of Australia, Gift of Sunday Reed, 1977

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F l e e tw o o d M ac Various venues, from 20 September Lots of tours get called ‘highly anticipated’. This one really is: they haven’t been on the road since 2009, and this time last year there was some doubt whether they’d ever tour again. Stops include Dublin, London and Birmingham.

T h e S l e e p i ng B e a u ty Royal Opera House, 5-9 August The Bolshoi Ballet arrives in London for a limited, and unmissable, run.  

Br ec on Ja z z Various venues, 9-11 August The great Welsh jazz festival has Courtney Pine, Jules Holland, Django Bates, Mavis Staples, Acker Bilk and a great deal more. B i l l y B u dd Glyndebourne, 10-25 August Michael Grandage’s 2010 production revived for Britten’s centenary, with Jacques Imbrailo in the title role. U S Op e n Flushing Meadows, from 26 August Can Andy Murray retain his grand slam title?

S e an L o ck Hammersmith Apollo, 27-28 September Despite mainstream success on TV panel shows, Lock is still one of the sharpest comics on the circuit. These Apollo dates conclude his Purple Van Man tour. B e e th o v e n ’ s N i nth Royal Albert Hall, 28 September David Hill conducts the Royal Philharmonic with members of the London Philharmonic Choir in Beethoven’s most beloved symphony.

A u stra l i a Royal Academy, from 21 September A grand 200-year retrospective designed to banish for all time those cheap jokes about Australian culture. So presumably they won’t be getting Sir Les Patterson to open it.

M u ch A d o A b o u t N o th i ng Old Vic, from 7 September Mark Rylance directs James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave. F e st i va l N u mb e r 6 Portmeirion, 13-15 September Unlike The Prisoner – its inspiration, filmed in Portmeirion – Festival Number 6 is a number, and it isn’t free. Tickets start at £170. For a line-up including Manic Street Preachers, Chic and John Cooper Clarke, among others, it’s probably worth it.

G h o sts Almeida Theatre, from 26 September In its day, Ghosts so shocked the critics that it inspired Ibsen to write its follow-up, An Enemy of the People. Now freshly adapted and directed by Richard Eyre, with Lesley Manville in the lead role. 13

N F L at W e mb l e y Wembley Stadium, 29 September The Minnesota Vikings are ‘at home’ to the Pittsburgh Steelers, in what has become a transatlantic tradition. The atmosphere will be spectacular, and by the end you might understand some of what is going on.

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