David Lister

A founder member of The Independent David Lister joined the paper in 1986 as Assistant Home Editor. He became the paper's arts correspondent in 1988 and is now Arts Editor and writes a column each Saturday. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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Sir Trevor Nunn's stance on diversity is dangerous

The director sets a bad precedent in saying an all-white cast gives historical verisimilitude

The 2014 referendum saw Scotland vote no to independence

Politics is sadly absent from the Edinburgh Festival

 Where are the shows about the Scottish independence vote and SNP electoral triumph?

Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet in the production of Hamlet at the Barbican centre, London.

If Benedict Cumberbatch’s play is previewing, why aren’t prices reduced?

It’s strange that theatre needs previews but opera and ballet don’t

Lilly Papaioannou (Carmen) and Michael Bracegirdle (Jose)

Carmen, Soho Theatre, review: Truly disturbing climax is genuinely thought-provoking

According to Robin Horton-Hale, the opera is a tale of domestic violence

Prom 34, Royal Albert Hall, review: A search to articulate grand truths which never quite succeeds

Its glory lies in its Adagio which Karabits and his band delivered with supreme assurance

In his role as Hamlet, Benedict Cumberbatch will have to learn, and repeat night after night, around 1,480 lines

Benedict Cumberbatch shouldn't avoid meeting his fans

The Cumberbitches at the stage door deserve time with their idol

George Cole wearing a bowler hat in 1955

George Cole dead: Appreciation of the Minder star who was king of the TV spivs

The nation took him and his characters to its heart

It’s not our job to pay for the Royal Academy’s new Ai Weiwei exhibition

A major arts venue shouldn’t be relying on crowd-funding

Tony Hall, the BBC director-general, described last year as being 'fantastic' for the corporation

Tony Hall, profile: The BBC's last, best hope who can be 'quite ruthless in getting his way'

Director-General is in the fight of his life with the Government over the future of public broadcasting

Go Set A Watchman: Oh Harper Lee, how could you do this to Atticus?

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