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Film: A true story full of wild fantasy

Film: A true story full of wild fantasy

An ebullient account of Elton John’s rise to fame in the 1970s combines the required biographical realism with exquisite flights of fantasy to deliver a stunning three-dimensional portrait

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Album reviews

Theatre: Deftly navigating a PC minefield

Theatre: Deftly navigating a PC minefield

This sumptuous and sophisticated production of The King and I from Bartlett Sher acknowledges the musical’s cultural baggage, but interrogates it too

Chamber music flagship event in sight of historic landmark

Chamber music flagship event in sight of historic landmark

Home Fires Burning

Home Fires Burning

Irish band A Lazarus Soul have made possibly the best album of their career by moving from earlier British or American influences to traditional Irish-inflected songwriting and a focus on community and home, writes Tony Clayton-Lea

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Album reviews

Midlife crisis is short and sweet

Midlife crisis is short and sweet

Mozart’s Magic Flute primed to hit the highest note of all

Mozart’s Magic Flute primed to hit the highest note of all

Hidden magic

Hidden magic

Subtle spookiness abounds in Sarah Maria Griffin’s enthralling new novel Other Words for Smoke, featuring suburban tarot readings and two teenage protagonists who will fascinate young people and grown-ups alike, writes Anna Carey

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Album reviews

Revival of Williams’s classic eventually hits a Glass ceiling

Revival of Williams’s classic eventually hits a Glass ceiling

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Album reviews

Putting an absurdist slant on a traditonal father-son tale

Putting an absurdist slant on a traditonal father-son tale

Mark Doherty’s 2004 play Trad charts the emotional and physical journey that a dying father and his ageing son take in a bid to secure the family’s future: that their name lives on.

Galway Theatre Festival

Galway Theatre Festival

Australia’s rising star to soar in West Wicklow

Australia’s rising star to soar in West Wicklow

The West Wicklow Festival is just three years old, but is already bristling with confidence and bursting with ambition