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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Sajid Javid, MP for Bromsgrove, is to become the new Culture Secretary after Maria Miller's resignation

Maria Miller resigns: What would the arts world like to see from new Culture Secretary Sajid Javid?

He needs to have that passion, to show will be an advocate for the arts

Director General Tony Hall delivers a speech at the Radio Theatre in the BBC’s New Broadcasting House headquarters

Let's have art on EastEnders

Last week’s announcement by Lord Hall was encouraging, but he needs to go further

Royal Ballet's director Kevin O'Hare

Interview: Kevin O'Hare, the lord of dance

The Royal Ballet has been troubled by defections and angry rumblings from mutinous performers, but, as he announces an intriguing new season, its ambitious director, Kevin O’Hare, tells David Lister that a company at the top of its game needs discipline

Why aren't the Laurence Olivier Awards worth broadcasting?

Theatre may not have the likes of Leonard di Caprio and Sandra Bullock. But the shortlist for the Oliviers isn’t low on glamour

Even a big-budget film starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara could not help The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to the top of the digital charts

It should be a Native American actress, not Rooney Mara, playing Tiger Lily in ‘Peter Pan’

And I agree with Lenny Henry on roles for black actors in British TV

Ballet black perform A Dream Within a Midsummer Night's Dream

Ballet Black is a wonderful company. But it's a shame on the arts that it still exists

If the Royal Ballet are not recruiting sufficient dancers from ethnic minorities then we need to know about it - and challenge the mainstream to do much better

It’s adults, not kids, who need my guide to audience etiquette

In fact, children and teenagers are generally among the better behaved

Dominic Cooper as Ian Fleming and Annabel Wallis as Muriel

This fibbing Fleming drama left me shaken, not stirred

We have always felt a little superior about dramas playing fast and loose with history

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Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
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His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam