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.
Saturday 15 February 1997
The estimable Thelma Holt was quite rightly blowing a gasket when I spoke to her this week about the refusal by American Equity - who continue to set new standards in chauvinism -
to take her production of A Doll's House. They would not accept three of the actors and gave Thelma the bizarre reason that as A Doll's House is not an English play it does not need English performers. Perhaps Thelma, who has rather good contacts in Oslo's theatreland, should take American Equity at its word and send over a troop of Norwegian actors to Broadway.
How art and life can become confused; libellously so, to judge from the information line provided by Warner's Cinemas. I rang up the line to find out the time Evita was showing, and the recorded announcement helpfully gave a synopsis of the film. "It is the epic story of the girl Madonna," the voice rather curiously began, "born the illegitimate daughter of a penniless farmer..."
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