Jessica Chastain in Miss Sloane (Europa Corp USA)

    The Diary: your essential what’s on guide

    11 May 2017


    Jawbone is released in cinemas on Friday – a British boxing movie written by and starring Johnny Harris, noted for his gutsy, gritty performances in London to Brighton and the This Is England TV series. The film follows Harris’s character, Jimmy McCabe, a former youth boxing champion fallen on hard times and who is looking for a shot at redemption in the ring. Ray Winstone, Michael Smiley and Ian McShane co-star and Paul Weller provides the score. Also out this weekend is the latest edition of the Alien saga, Alien: Covenant, and Miss Sloane, starring Jessica Chastain as a Washington lobbyist. Go here for our selection of films to see in May.


    An exhibit at the Pink Floyd show (Getty)

    This Saturday the blockbuster Pink Floyd exhibition, Their Mortal Remains, opens at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Get a sneak preview via our picture gallery. Elsewhere, London’s Gagosian Gallery has a Piccasso exhibition, entitled Minotaurs and Matadors, that comes highly recommended and time is running out to catch the excellent Joan Eardley retrospective at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, which surveys the 1950s artist’s short but memorable career.


    Brooklyn lagers lined up (Getty)

    On Friday and Saturday, New York’s Brooklyn Brewery is bringing its Beer Mansion to the MC Motors building in Dalston. Tickets to this ‘immersive beer festival’ cost £30 and once inside you’ll be able to freely wander around the mansion, sampling a load of different craft beers in specially themed rooms. Food, art exhibitions, games and live music will also be laid on.


    John Hegley

    This weekend sees the Cheltenham Poetry Festival come to a close. Highlights of the final days of the festival include events featuring John Hegley, Stuart Maconie and Sasha Dugdale.


    Catherine McCormack as Mrs Robinson (Manuel Harlan)

    A stage version of The Graduate is currently up and running at West Yorkshire Playhouse, in a version adapted from the novel and classic film by Terry Johnson. Elsewhere, Douglas Maxwell’s acclaimed play Charlie Sonata ends its run at the Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh, on Saturday, and Consent is entering its final week of performances at London’s National Theatre – tickets are long sold out, but joining the returns queue would be well worth the effort.


    Bill Bailey (Getty)

    Head to the Leicester Square Theatre to catch Bill Bailey, who is doing a run of work-in progress shows. There are shows on May 11, 17, 18, 23 and 25. Booking ahead is advised.