Isabelle Huppert Reads Marquis de Sade

The prolific French actress spends an evening revelling in the rabidly sexual writings of the modern prophet of eroticism. The award-winning Huppert will be bringing to life the tales of vice and virtue of Justine and Juliette.

9 June, Southbank Centre, London

RA 250th Summer Exhibition

Grayson Perry and committee have chosen 1300 pieces for this landmark showcase. Amongst them, Anish Kapoor’s courtyard sculpture, and works by David Hockney, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tracey Emin, Rose Wylie, and Ed Ruscha.

12 June – 19 August, The Royal Academy, London

Bastard Assignments + Thick and Tight

The ever-surprising and collaborative new music and performance group Bastard Assignments join forces with choreographers Thick and Tight for their next event. While they might sound like a bunch of rabble-rousers, they’ve performed at Snape Maltings, Southbank Centre, and for Radio 3, and they’re certainly worth their salt.

15 June, Block 336, London

Bach Weekend with the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra

Devout Bachian Sir John Eliot Gardiner rallies his troops for this weekend of cantatas in three concerts. Alongside this, Jean Rondeau performs Goldberg Variations, Isabelle Faust and Kristian Bezuidenhout the Violin Sonatas, Jean-Guihen Queyras the Cello Suites, and Solomon’s Knot the motets.

15-17 June, Barbican Centre, London 

Il Mostro dell’Opera

Themes of homosexuality and theatrical tradition run through Renato Polselli’s 1964 horror film, in which a vampire awakes to find a past lover reincarnated as a member of a young theatre troupe.

16 June, Barbican Centre, London

The Reason I Jump

This innovative exploration of how the autistic mind works takes place in a maze designed by Dutch collective, Observatorium. The National Theatre of Scotland bring to life the book by Japanese author Naoki, who wrote The Reason I Jump as a non-verbal, autistic 13-year-old.

Until 23 June, The Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow, Glasgow

Leave Taking

Winsome Pinnock’s award-winning play gets a revival directed by Madani Younis. It takes a look at Del, Viv, and Enid as they do some soul-searching, discovering what they’ve abandoned in the Caribbean in order to make a home in Deptford.

Until 30 June, Bush Theatre, London


Andris Nelsons, Music Director of the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, conducts Wagner’s epic with its fixation with the Holy Grail and tails from Arthurian Legend. David Alden directs this new production set in a war-torn city, the first at Covent Garden since 1977.

Until 1 July, Royal Opera House, London