Lift theatre festival
Various London venues, until 2 July
This biennial festival is in its 35th year and includes performances at the Barbican, Sadlers Wells, an East End graveyard and a historic music hall. Late Night, from Greece, is set in a dilapidated ballroom and picks over a Europe in ruins. In Minefield, Argentinan playwright Lola Arias brings together British and Argentinian veterans of the Falklands/Malvinas war of 1982. Open for Everything, from Germany, is a musical celebration of the Roma communities of Europe. Other highlights include Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker from Japan and the acclaimed French/Polish production Phaedra(s) directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski, starring Isabelle Huppert.
More4, from early June
This iconic Dutch crime first aired in 2010 and has been described as being like “The Sopranos, if Tony had died and Carmela had taken over the business”. After her mafia husband has been killed, Carmen decides not to go into witness protection but to fight her way to the top of the criminal underworld.
Sara Pascoe: Animal
One of the cleverest and funniest comedians around tours her new show loosely based around her bestselling book of the same name. She touches on subjects including growing up, relationships, gender and socialism in her lively set.
Sheffield Documentary Festival
Various venues, 10-15 June
Michael Moore opens the festival with Where To Invade Next and closes five nights later with The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger. Visual impairment will be explored in Notes on Blindness, the acclaimed documentary which uses actors to lip sync John Hull’s audio diaries. Ken Loach, Tilda Swinton and legendary film maker D A Pennebaker will be giving masterclasses and talks. There will also be a retrospective of experimental Belgian director Chantal Akerman’s work, marking her untimely death.
A New Childhood: Picture Books from Soviet Russia
House of Illustration, London, until 11 September
With their perfect synthesis of typography, design and illustration, these books from the 1920s and 1930s revolutionised the picture book form. Subjects ranged from folk tales and contemporary children’s verse to books on the modern world and Soviet education, brought to life with bold colours, dynamic shapes and playful layouts.