Telegraph critic Charles Spencer announces retirement
The critic, 59, was noted for his personal and humorous writing style
The Daily Telegraph's chief theatre critic Charles Spencer has announced his retirement.
Known for his deeply personal and entertaining reviews, he famously branded Nicole Kidman's performance in The Blue Room as "theatrical viagra".
Spencer, who is 59, said of his decision: "I have loved my job, but critics shouldn't go on too long. I feel I've had my say and it's time to stop and put my feet up."
He will be replaced by his deputy Dominic Cavendish and a team of reviewers.
Telegraph arts editor Sarah Crompton said: "He has always said exactly what he thinks, and that is why people have come to trust him so much. We will all miss reading his reviews."
Director Rupert Goold said on Twitter: "In the critic's tavern Charlie Spencer was Falstaff - impossible to avoid, here to have fun, lusty, cruel, vivid and once gone oddly missed."