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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Tom Morris, who directed ‘War Horse’, has revolutionised etiquette at the Bristol Proms

When it’s right to walk out mid act

The art of leaving is a prerogative of audiences in all art forms

Mathew Baynton (Gus) & Elizabeth Berrington (Marie)

Plane-crash comedy makes it hard to laugh

Had Holes been a television drama, it would have been pulled

Comedy queen: Miranda Hart has said that she is excited about working on the new film

There is no such thing as a middle-class laugh

It’s a very dangerous path that the BBC Trust is going down

The Royal Docks at Grimsby; residents in Grimsby are rising up against Channel 4's attempts to cast them as the subjects of its next documentary series on the poor

There’s nothing fishy about Grimsby

When Mr Baron Cohen comes to your locality it is not for the purpose of helping the local economy and boosting tourism

A still from the BBC's new rap about the outbreak of WW1

Why give the young such a bad rap?

A short video explaining WW1 by the BBC suggests that the cultural establishment doesn't quite understand young people

Class isn’t the issue for the arts – it’s cost

Finally, someone has come along who dares to say the unsayable

A view of the theatre from the stage of Alexandra Palace before a new phase of work commences as part of a regeneration plan at Alexandra Palace in London

Open theatres up to the public during the day, or abolish them

We need to rethink our attitude to West End theatres

David Lister: It’s right to relax concert rules, but try not to get carried away

Audience etiquette at classical music concerts has often been as fascinating to observe as the concert itself. Don’t clap between movements. Do cough between movements. Indeed, the louder the between-movements cough, the more it signals that the cougher is a music aficionado.

Comedian Rik Mayall died aged 56 in June 2014

The affection we discover we have for an artist on their death is a testament to the power of art itself

When it comes to an artist, knowing the deceased personally is neither here nor there

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