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Pick of the week


Moon Festival

A week-long arts festival in south-east London opens tonight with a free party featuring a lunar-themed carnival parade. Tomorrow night there’s a midnight run, plus talks, discussions (do we have a right to the moon?), cabaret, exhibition, storytelling and poetry, and a closing-night Dark Side Of The Moon party. Tonight to July 26, various venues,

Interstellar: Moon Landing

Two shows (matinée and evening) celebrating 50 years since the Apollo 11 moon landing with the Limelight Orchestra reprising intergalactic music from the man who fell to Earth (Bowie), Coldplay, Muse, Public Service Broadcasting, ELO, Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk, Daft Punk and many more. Tomorrow, Birmingham Cathedral,

World Snail Racing Championships

Previous winners include Larry, who travelled 13 inches in two minutes and 45 seconds, while the world record holder is Archie who — in 1995 — completed the course in just two minutes. The race, which has been running in Congham for 25 years, is open to all-comers and the dash begins with master of ceremonies Neil shouting ‘ready, steady, slow’. Saturday, Congham Cricket Field,


The Proms

The latest iteration of a classical music festival dating back to 1895 begins tonight with Karina Canellakis (above) conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus and BBC Singers for Janáček’s choral tour de force, Glagolitic Mass. Opening week highlights include CBeebies: A Trip To The Moon (Sun, Mon), a new work by Hans Zimmer, and a late prom (Thu) with audio-visual titans Public Service Broadcasting joined by an orchestra to perform their 2015 LP The Race For Space. Tonight to September 14, various venues,

Welsh Proms 2019

The National Classical Music Festival Of Wales begins tomorrow with highlights including a performance for under-fives (Bert’s Magical Musical Kitchen), a lunar landing-themed concert (One Small Step), a 250-strong male voice choir backed by a brass band and organ, movies and musicals and the flag-waving finale, The Last Night Of The Welsh Proms. Tomorrow to July 27, St David’s Hall,


Johnny Marr

A rare headline show in a festival-heavy summer for ol’ golden fingers. Expect stellar guitar on chiming melodies, from current LP Call The Comet and a few Smiths classics, too. Tonight, The Waterfront, Norwich,

Kiefer Sutherland

It’s a wonder he has time for a side hustle, but KS plays country-blues songs of booze, outlaws and the open road. Monday, SWX, Bristol and touring,

Easy Star All-Stars

It’s Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary, so the US/Jamaican reggae-dub-rock outfit play their LP Dub Side Of The Moon in full. Tonight, Concorde2, Brighton and touring,


The Bridges Of Madison County

Clint Eastwood directed the film; Trevor Nunn directs the musical of Robert James Waller’s best-selling novel about a devastating affair between an Italian housewiafe and a photographer in the American Midwest. Until September 14, Menier Chocolate Factory, London,

Uncle Vanya

Rupert Everett and Katherine Parkinson (pictured) lead a starry line-up for Everett’s production of perhaps Chekhov’s greatest play, about unrequited love and upturned lives in late 19th-century rural Russia. Until Aug 3, Theatre Royal, Bath,

There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

Manchester’s cotton-mill owners installed new machines in the 1800s; the workers smashed them. James Yeatman’s new play asks what can be learned from these industrial revolutionaries. From Wed until August 10, Royal Exchange, Manchester,


Matt Winning

Discussing climate change is like talking about your feelings: no one wants to do it, but you have a nagging feeling you probably should. Dr Matt Winning crafts an observational hour that’s inspiring and funny. Sunday, 2 Northdown, London,

Russell Howard & Friends

The affable Bristolian road tests new material in Poole before his 2019/20 world tour. It’s rare to see such a big comedian in such an intimate setting, let alone at such a reasonable price. Tomorrow, Lighthouse, Poole,