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The critical critic29th July 2005 You suggest in News & Curiosities (August) that I know nothing about the theatre because I praised, during my stint as the Sunday Telegraph’s theatre critic, a play called The Countess which closed after a relatively short period of time. The premise of this anonymous diary item was that my appointment, among other things, demonstrated that my newspaper is no longer “serious” about the theatre. One can only conclude from this that you believe that all critics must say the same things about all plays, and that a play that closes after a short period…

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