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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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
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We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
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Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

Bill's Italian friends introduced him to the Roman Catholic custom of a lavish fish supper on Christmas Eve. Here, he gives the tradition his own spin…
Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

Rodgers fights for his reputation

Liverpool manager tries to stay on his feet despite waves of criticism
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'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
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