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.
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
03 July 2015 05:27 PM
Last year's "Titus Andronicus" at the Globe has spectators fainting in droves
19 June 2015 04:00 PM
Compilers of the classical charts are snobbish to veto Townshend’s symphonic Quadrophenia
15 June 2015 11:39 AM
It’s good to hear an alternative view of acting from Brian Cox
11 June 2015 10:35 PM
His death at the age of 93 robs British cinema of one of its most enduring stars
29 May 2015 04:00 PM
The new chief should introduce screens and conductor chat
24 May 2015 01:25 PM
The highlights are the surprises, those unexpected songs whose deceptive simplicity and infectious happiness immediately evoke an era
22 May 2015 04:00 PM
Celebrities need to retain their mystique and keep off social media
15 May 2015 04:00 PM
They have to learn about maths and literature, so why not music?
08 May 2015 04:00 PM
Is it wrong to apply the lyrics in the band’s new album to a famous film star?
01 May 2015 04:00 PM
Was Radio 1’s Clara Amfo too dismissive of a great star?
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
- 1 Michelle Watt's father says TV presenter killed herself because she was in constant pain
- 2 Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
- 3 'Help me I'm trapped in a factory' messages keep being found on bottles of vitamin water
- 4 North Korean defector flees to Finland 'with evidence of chemical testing on humans'
- 5 Greek debt crisis: The photograph that conveys the despair of Greece's elderly