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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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?

When literary heroes become villains, readers need help

Pitch perfect: Katherine Jenkins at the creative industry reception at the Foreign Office

Putting Katherine Jenkins on the side of a train benefits the arts

David Tennant, Tracey Emin and Hilary Mantel should also have carriages named after them

Martin Kronthaler (Rigoletto) and Andrea Tweedale (Gilda)

Rigoletto, Longborough Festival Opera, review: American 1920s setting works a treat

Longborough is one of the smaller country opera houses, yet one which continues to punch massively above its weight

The gang rape scene in the Royal Opera’s production of Gioachino Rossini’s Guillaume Tell has caused huge controversy

Guillaume Tell's gang-rape scene caused uproar at the Royal Opera House – but the portrayal of extreme sex and violence on stage is nothing new

Last year's "Titus Andronicus" at the Globe has spectators fainting in droves

The Who’s Pete Townshend is right to condemn the ‘classical elite’

Compilers  of the classical charts are snobbish to veto Townshend’s symphonic Quadrophenia

Helen Mirren won her first Tony Award for The Audience

Helen Mirren triumphs but does showbusiness really suck?

It’s good to hear an alternative view of acting from Brian Cox

Sir Christopher Lee 1922 - 2015

Christopher Lee: Goodnight to cinema's prince of darkness

His death at the age of 93 robs British cinema of one of its most enduring stars

The Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in April. The classical musical festival is one of the BBC’s most cherished institutions

The Proms must be dragged into the 21st century

The new chief should introduce screens and conductor chat

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