The Diary: your essential what’s on guide

Your indispensable guide to the best theatre, film, sport and more coming up in the next seven days

Film

This week’s blockbuster comes in the shape of King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Sons of Anarchy’s Charlie Hunnam as King Arthur and Jude Law as his ‘villainous uncle’. It’s a film in desperate need of an audience, having so far flopped badly at the world-wide box office (projected losses are up to $150m) – the trailer doesn’t exactly bode well. Other new releases include Snatched, an action-comedy that teams up Amy Schumer with Goldie Hawn, and Machines, an acclaimed documentary about life inside an Indian textiles factory.

Events

A gardener trims trees at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show ahead of next week’s opening (Getty)

Starting on Tuesday (May 23), the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is back for another year. This year’s highlights include gardens inspired by Kyoto emperors of Japan, Gaudi and the Maltese landscape. There’s also a garden built around an 800-year-old boat that was discovered in the Norfolk Broads and another resembling an ‘active volcano’. The show’s ‘Great Pavilion, a 12,000sq metre marquee, will feature more than 100 exhibits from the world’s best nurseries, growers and florists. For ticket information, go here.

Sport

Phil Vickery (Getty)

The Premier League season comes to an end on Sunday (May 21), with Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool battling it out for the remaining two Champions League places. On Wednesday (May 24), Manchester United take on Ajax in the Europa League final. Meanwhile, rugby fans of all ages eagerly anticipating the British Lions upcoming tour of New Zealand can head to The White Horse pub in Parsons Green on Saturday for A Lions Pride event, run by Thomas Pink – former Lions including Phil Vickery, Shane Williams and Richard Hill will be in attendance. Find out more here.

Theatre

The Life of Galileo at the Young Vic (Johan Persson)

New this week is a revival of Brecht’s The Life of Galileo at the Young Vic, a production that’s directed by Joe Wright, best known for his work in film (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice). The Arcola has a new version of Richard III , with Greg Hicks receiving great reviews for his performance as the dastardly king. Elsewhere, My Family: Not the Sitcom, David Baddiel’s superb one-man show about dementia, adultery, golf memorabilia and plenty more is entering its last couple of weeks at the Playhouse Theatre. Outside London, Rex The King, a new version of Oedipus Rex set in the world of pub darts is touring the south-west.


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