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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A scene from Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at The Savoy Theatre

It's time to advance the battle between actor and critic

Plus, murders should take place where we can see them

If it can't be seen from the cheap seats, it's in the wrong place

Plus, the Culture Secretary needs to be on the side of audiences

When Kurt Cobain died, the press barely noticed

But the media attention following Frankie Knuckles' death shows that the press now recognises world-class artistry

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

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Let's have art on EastEnders

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

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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

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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

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