The Evening Standard names Nick Curtis as Chief Theatre Critic

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by Mark Johnson

London daily The Evening Standard has announced Nick Curtis as its new Chief Theatre Critic.

Curtis has a long-standing history with The Evening Standard, having written for the title in many roles over 25 years including features writer, columnist and reviewer. 

Most recently, he held the role of Features Director of ES Magazine. He was also named Interviewer of the Year at the 2012 British Press Awards.

As well as The Evening Standard, Curtis has written for publications such as The Times and Sunday Times, Daily and Sunday Telegraph, Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, The Guardian, The Observer, The Independent, Radio Times and the BBC.

He will start in the new role later this month, the newspaper said. 

Live reviews planned

A key development in The Evening Standard’s arts criticism will be the introduction of live reviews from major show openings, with readers able to read online reactions from critics on the night.

“I am delighted to take up this new role, having written about the London theatre scene for many years”, Curtis said. “The Evening Standard is a leader in this area and for me it is particularly exciting to write about London theatre for London readers, creating multi-platform content for a passionate audience.”

Supporting Curtis with theatre reviews will be current Digital Arts Editor, Jessie Thompson.

Digital Standard: Thompson will support with theatre reviews

Thompson has been at The Evening Standard for three years; in that time she has overseen all aspects of’s arts section, growing its page views by 160 per cent in the last year.

She has regularly contributed to arts features in the paper, interviewing names such as Indhu Rubasingham, Vicky Featherstone and Kwame Kwei-Armah.

Arts coverage

“Great arts coverage is at the heart of The Evening Standard, and it’s only going to get better”, said George Osborne, Editor of The Evening Standard. 

“I want our readers to have access to the best, comprehensive and informed information about London’s incredible theatre - not just in our paper, as now, but online too. 

“It’s brilliant to welcome Nick to the arts team. He shares our deep love for and commitment to the stage, with years of experience in the sector. 

“Jessie’s digital expertise will also be crucial as we ensure we continue to deliver content which is always on the pulse.”

The 65th Evening Standard Theatre Awards Theatre awards will take place later this year. Previous winners have included Ralph Fiennes, Glenn Close and Andrew Garfield.

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