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From Bey­oncé to The BFG, The Go-Be­tween to Gog­gle­sprogs – our crit­ics pick 100 high­lights of the sea­son

Books Hay Fes­ti­val 1There’s

still time to catch plenty of events at the fa­mous lit­er­ary fes­ti­val in the Welsh bor­ders. Lucy Wors­ley, Monty Don, Rose Tre­main, Jeanette Win­ter­son, Sarah Mil­li­can, Si­mon Schama and Bryn Ter­fel are just some of the big names on the bill. Hay-on-Wye, Powys (01497 822629), un­til Jun 5

Theatre Run­ning Wild 2Michael

Mor­purgo teams up again with the pup­peteers who brought War Horse to the stage. His tale is based on the true story of a young girl on hol­i­day in In­done­sia who was saved from the 2004 tsunami by the ele­phant she was rid­ing when the wave struck. The pup­pets are ex­quis­ite, the young lead ac­tors ex­cel­lent. Re­gent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Lon­don NW1 (0844 826 4242), un­til Jun 12

Ex­hi­bi­tions Bhu­pen Khakar 3In­ti­mate

aspects of In­dian life are ex­plored by the ac­coun­tant-turned-painter Bhu­pen Khakar, whose vi­brant magic-re­al­ist images draw on tra­di­tional paint­ing, pop art and his own ex­pe­ri­ence as a gay man. Tate Mod­ern, Lon­don SE1 (020 7887 8888), Jun 1–Nov 6

Books The Es­sex Ser­pent by Sarah Perry 4Sarah

Perry’s haunt­ing de­but, Af­ter Me Comes the Flood, an­nounced a com­mand­ing new voice in lit­er­ary fic­tion. Her ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated fol­low-up is even bet­ter: an ir­re­sistible novel that taps the vein of Vic­to­rian Gothic and Bri­tish myth. Ser­pent’s Tail, out Jun 2

Film The Nice Guys 5Snark

mer­chant Shane Black ( Iron Man 3) pairs Ryan Gosling and Rus­sell Crowe as dis­rep­utable de­tec­tives driv­ing mob­sters out of Seven­ties LA in this knock­about ac­tion romp. Ex­pect trashy Fri­day-night fun and frankly ter­ri­ble menswear. Jun 3

Opera Eu­gene One­gin 6Tchaikovsky’s

lyri­cal ro­mance, loosely based on Pushkin’s bit­ter-sweet verse novel, re­turns in a new pro­duc­tion star­ring Welsh so­prano Natalya Ro­maniw as Tatyana, with the suave bari­tone Rod­er­ick Wil­liams in the ti­tle-role. Gars­ing­ton Opera at Worm­s­ley, near Princes Ris­bor­ough (01865 361636), Jun 3–Jul 7

Pop Paul Si­mon: Stranger to Stranger 7The

74-year-old song­writer ex­per­i­ments with strange new in­stru­ments: the trom­badoo (a didgeri­doo/trom­bone hy­brid) and zoomoozo­phone (made of 129 alu­minum tubes), to men­tion two. Re­leased by Vir­gin EMI on Jun 3

Ex­hi­bi­tions Sur­real En­coun­ters: Col­lect­ing the Mar­vel­lous 8Sur­re­al­ism

is ex­plored through four leg­endary col­lec­tions, in­clud­ing those of Bri­tish artists Roland Pen­rose and Ed­ward James. Piv­otal works by Dalí and Magritte fea­ture in this still-provoca­tive feast of the bizarre. Scot­tish Na­tional Gallery of Mod­ern Art, Ed­in­burgh (0131 624 6200), Jun 4–Sept 11

Pop AC/ DC Live 9News

that the love­able front­man in the flat­cap (Brian John­son) was to be re­placed on doc­tor’s or­ders by a less love­able dude in a ban­dana (Axl Rose) was con­cern­ing, but the Guns N’ Roses singer has nailed early shows. Olympic Sta­dium, Lon­don E20 (0800 072 2110) Jun 4 and tour­ing

Film The Mak­ing of Harry Pot­ter: Warner Bros Stu­dio Tour 10

Wan­der around Hog­warts, meet a hip­pogriff and (un­til June 6) step in­side 4 Privet Drive in this en­chant­ing tour of the stu­dio. Leaves­den, Herts (0345 084 0900; wb­stu­dio­tour.co.uk)

Tele­vi­sion Out­cast 11This

graphic-novel adap­ta­tion ad­dresses the su­per­nat­u­ral through Philip Glenis­ter’s hard­drink­ing West Vir­ginia evan­ge­list and Pa­trick Fugit’s trou­bled youth. Fox, Jun 7

Theatre The Go-Be­tween 12A

ro­tat­ing trio of boys play Leo, the in­no­cent wit­ness of Ed­war­dian sex­ual in­trigue in a new mu­si­cal based on LP Hart­ley’s 1953 novel. Pathos is turned up to the max in a show which stars Michael Craw­ford as the older, wiser, sad­der Leo. Apollo Theatre, Lon­don W1 (0330 333 4809), Jun 7–Oct 15

Dance No Body 13

This all-new dance show, tak­ing over al­most all of Sadler’s Wells, has ev­ery­thing: in­stal­la­tions by Lucy Carter, light­ing by Michael Hulls, and mu­sic by Nitin Sawh­ney. There’s just one thing miss­ing: dancers. Ad­mit it, you’re in­trigued. Sadler’s Wells, Lon­don EC1 (020 7863 8000), Jun 7–12

Theatre The Deep Blue Sea 14

One of Ter­ence Rat­ti­gan’s mas­ter­pieces re­turns to the spot­light, not long af­ter the 2011 film adap­ta­tion star­ring Rachel Weisz. Here, He­len McCrory tack­les the role of the sui­ci­dal Hester Col­lyer, caught be­tween the devil of a dead mar­riage and the deep blue sea of a burnt-out af­fair. Na­tional Theatre, Lon­don SE1 (020 7452 3000), Jun 8–Aug 17

Opera Tris­tan and Isolde 15

Sculp­tor Anish Kapoor de­signs English Na­tional Opera’s pro­duc­tion of Wag­ner’s ro­man­tic epic, with Aus­tralian tenor Stu­art Skel­ton and Amer­i­can so­prano Heidi Mel­ton as the lovers. Lon­don Coli­seum, WC2 (020 7845 9300 ), Jun 9–Jul 9

Clas­si­cal Alde­burgh Fes­ti­val 16

This year’s fes­ti­val is over­flow­ing with good

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