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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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

Ronan Keating as 'Guy' in West End musical Once

Once, Phoenix theatre, review: Boyzone's Ronan Keating melts hearts in his West End debut

The boyband member is equally matched by co-star Jill Winternitz

Helen McCrory as Medea
Angel Blue and David Butt Philip in ENO's La Boheme

High ticket prices make a mockery of English National Opera being the People's opera

The ENO must charge less and tour more

All jaws: the shark in Mozart’s ‘Idomeneo’

Mozart’s Idomeneo: Martin Kusej is greeted by 'a Mexican wave of booing'

Opera audiences are increasingly voicing their opinion, with one recent production receiving a curtain call of jeers. At £200 a ticket, why the heckle not

Daniel Barenboim conducts Prom 46

Despite Gaza’s war, the show must go on

The very existence of Prom 46 was a thrilling and political event

David Tennant as Hamlet

To vote no or not to vote no, that is the question... Although do celebrities really have the answer?

David Tennant is right — the public doesn't care about what famous people think

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

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'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
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What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
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Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
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Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
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Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there