Ann Treneman is stepping down from her role as chief theatre critic at the Times after four years.
Treneman, who has worked in journalism for 40 years, is leaving to study a degree in landscape architecture and horticulture at University of Sheffield.
Today (September 6) is Treneman’s last day in the role of chief theatre critic, however she said she will “still pop up on [the theatre] pages from time to time”.
The Times has not yet announced a replacement for the role.
Writing in an article for the Times, Treneman said: “I have always loved journalism and had assumed I would retire at 65 and do retirement-type things which, for some reason, always seemed to include an Alaska cruise. But I began to wonder if there was time for one more adventure.
“That was the seed, really, that has led to my decision, at the age of 63, to go back to university and study landscape architecture and horticulture.”
She added: “It might seem crazy, not to mention a little late after more than 40 years as a journalist, for such a radical change but, honestly, I can’t stop smiling.
“All of this means that this is my last day as chief theatre critic though I will still pop up on these pages from time to time.”
Treneman told The Stage that shows which have been particularly memorable during her time in the role include Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman, which she described as “totally brilliant”, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
She added that covering the Edinburgh Festival Fringe was an “unforgettable experience”.
Treneman’s departure follow a number of changes to national theatre critics, including the recent departures of Henry Hitchings and Fiona Mountford from the Evening Standard as part of ‘cost-cutting’ measures.