Critic Rupert Christiansen sets out his vision for the arts in 2018, urging West End theatres to ban eating, local authorities to fund museums, and Government to prioritise music education.

We need the arts. In fact, they can seldom have been more necessary as a beacon to light us beyond the muddy gutter of fake news, abusive tweets and sordid sex scandals, reminding us of higher values and different worlds of experience, as well as providing the welcome escape of entertainment.... Keep reading on The Telegraph