Quentin Letts steps down as Daily Mail theatre critic
The Daily Mail’s theatre critic Quentin Letts has left after 14 years in the role.
Letts had acted as a parliamentary sketch writer for the Mail since 2000, taking up the mantle of theatre critic four years later. It is understood he will continue writing theatre reviews for the Sunday Times.
The situation around Letts’ departure from the Mail remains unclear, however it comes two months after long-serving editor Paul Dacre was replaced by Geordie Greig.
He told the Press Gazette: “I have had 18 busy and exhilarating years with the Mail and can only thank the paper’s readers and editors, and [the paper’s owner] Lord Rothermere, for their generosity.”
Letts’ theatre reviews were often the subject of debate, and he became embroiled in controversy earlier this year over a review in which he suggested a Royal Shakespeare Company actor had only been cast because he is black.
The RSC subsequently accused Letts of having a “racist attitude” towards the actor, Leo Wringer, and the RSC’s artistic director Gregory Doran condemned Letts’ “ugly and prejudiced commentary”.
The Daily Mail could not be reached for comment, and it is not yet known whether Letts’ theatre reviewing position will be continued.
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