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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James Blunt is married to Sofia Wellesley, the grand daughter of the eighth Duke of Wellington

Judge James Blunt, Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch on their talent, not their class

It’s wrong to attack artists because of their accents and upbringing

The Royal Shakespeare company's Oppenheimer

Oppenheimer, RSC Swan, Stratford upon Avon - review: Immaculately acted

An absorbing and strangely gripping evening

Letter from the Arts Editor: The Great Divide

Why, in such a relatively small country, does a pernicious north-south divide persist?

Alex Turner leads the Arctic Monkeys

The Arctic Monkeys could do more if they really want to stop fans being exploited

Pop’s big names need to refuse to play in venues charging booking fees

PJ Harvey could revolutionise the way we watch great artists

Audiences too rarely get the chance to see the creative process in action

Out of step: The Royal Ballet is a national company, and should be seen nationwide

Manifesto for 2015: An end to audience rip-offs

Subsidised national companies should make more of an effort to leave London

Letter from the Arts Editor: Partying hard is not the sole way to make merry on New Year's Eve

Perhaps it should say at the top ‘Letter from a Curmudgeon’. For I’m afraid I have never really “got” New Year’s Eve. On page 31 of i today is a style guide on what to wear for the big night. But for me the clothing of choice will be pyjamas.

Now they’re using Game of Thrones to sell Shakespeare. And there’s nothing wrong with that

At least it might bring the TV audience to the theatre

The Art Party could win hearts in the general election

But it must be a sophisticated political party, not an empty gesture

Sting may be in for a shock when he tries to save his Broadway musical

At $250 a ticket, audiences might want Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber as well as the ageing rock star

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Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
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