By Dominic Ponsford
After auditioning for a succession of writers, The Sunday Telegraph
has chosen Tim Walker as its new theatre critic, taking over from John
Walker will continue to write the paper’s Mandrake diary column.
said: “John had made The Sunday Telegraph’s theatre column the most
influential and respected in Fleet Street, so I am honoured to have
been entrusted with it.
“I have a passion for the theatre, but a
profound respect, too, for the newspaper’s readers. I shall try to
stimulate them and make them laugh with my columns and I shall not
point them in the direction of any play unless I really believe in it.”
retaining the Mandrake column, Walker said: “I think it’s what they
call multi-skilling. I have been doing the diary for three years now
and was starting to wonder – in the words of that rather under-rated
actor, Ronald Reagan – where is the rest of me?
“I think, however, that I’d have missed Mandrake if I’d had to give it up, so I feel now that I have the best of both worlds.”