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Michael Coveney steps down from WhatsOnStage after 10 years

Michael Coveney. Photo: Peter Gibbons Michael Coveney. Photo: Peter Gibbons
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Michael Coveney is to step down as chief critic of WhatsOnStage after 10 years.

The reviewer will continue to write “occasional” freelance articles for the theatre and ticketing website, but will no longer hold a staff role.

Announcing his departure, Coveney said he wanted to “take a step back” from reviewing while he still enjoyed it.

He explained: “The 10th anniversary of my appointment at WhatsOnStage looms in early April, and I’ve felt for some time that this would be the right moment to take a step back from the reviewing hurly-burly while I’m still enjoying the job so much and WhatsOnStage goes from strength to strength.”

Before his tenure at WhatsOnStage, Coveney had held staff critic positions at the Financial Times, the Observer and the Daily Mail.

He has also written a number of books about theatre, including biographies of Maggie Smith and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Of his future plans, the critic said he would write for WhatsOnStage “on an occasional basis”, as well as writing more books and continuing to go to the theatre.

He added he was “happy that WhatsOnStage has become such an important hub for new critical writing around the country”.

The website’s chief operating officer, Sita McIntosh, said: “Michael has been a brilliant friend and collaborator over many years, and we are honoured to have had him lead our reviewing team for the past decade.”

She added: “We will greatly miss his experience and expertise with his daily reviews and column, but look forward to continuing our association with him for many years to come.”

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