The Breadwinner

After the wrongful arrest of her father by the Taliban, an 11-year-old girl cuts her hair and sets out to work to support her family. The landscape and culture of Kabul is brought to life in this new animation directed by Nora Twomey and executive produced by Angelina Jolie.

Cinemas nationwide

Manhattan Beach

Jennifer Egan’s latest novel, Manhattan Beach, receives its paperback publication this week. The Pulitzer Prize winner turns her substantial literary talent to the Brooklyn Naval Yard during the Second World War to tell the story of a girl investigating the disappearance of her father.

Online and in bookshops nationwide

Loewe Craft Prize 2018

This prize is only two years old but already gaining traction for the calibre of its finalists whose works – ceramics, jewellery, textiles, woodwork, glass, metalwork, furniture etc. – will be on exhibition as part of London Craft Week before the winner is announced.

Until 17 June, Design Museum, London

Artist Rooms: Gerhard Richter

To celebrate the opening of its new, purpose-built gallery, the John Hansard Gallery in Southampton devotes its space to the work of German visual artist Gerhard Richter. One of the most significant artists of our time, Richter’s work has been drawn from Tate’s Artist Rooms, and will offer a new audience a fresh examination of his practice.

Until 18 August, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton

Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique

American-Estonian maestro Paavo Järvi conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in Hector Berlioz’s opium-fuelled nightmare, in which a hallucinating artist witnesses his own beheading. Denis Kozhhukin is soloist in Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3, and Dukas’s much-loved The Sorcerer’s Apprentice beings the proceedings.

3 June, Southbank Centre, London


A young woman questions society in a visceral new staging of Sophie Treadwell’s searing drama. Directed by Natalie Abrahami.

4 June – 21 July, Almeida Theatre, London

Aftermath: Art in the wake of World War One

This new exhibition surveys, 100 years on, the ways in which artists responded to the physical and psychological turmoil wreaked on Europe by the Great War. A chance to see works by Grosz, Dix, Höch, Masson, Picasso, and Knights.

5 June – 23 September, Tate Britain, London

An English Garden

Seasoned baroque specialists Les Arts Florissants team up with the emerging singers of Le Jardin des Voix in a programme celebrating one of director William Christie’s greatest passions – gardens. Comprising music by Dowland, Gibbons, Purcell, Handel, and Boyce, expect to hear the full soundscape of 17th- and 18th-century England, complete with street cries.

8 June, Barbican Centre, London

The London Open 2018

This triennial open submission exhibition returns to showcase the best art being made across all media, including painting, sculpture, performance, and video, all created in response to the rhythms of living in a global city today.

8 June – 26 August, Whitechapel Gallery, London


Polly Stenham, who shot to stardom aged 19 with That Face, has reworked August Strindberg’s 1888 play Miss Julie for the National Theatre. Set in contemporary London, a party clean-up quickly escalates into a struggle for survival. Carrie Cracknell directs a cast including Vanessa Kirby and Eric Kofi Abrefa.

Until 8 September, National Theatre, London