Award-winning Curtis brings 30 years of arts experience to the role.
Curtis has a long-standing history with The Evening Standard, having written for the title in many roles over 25 years including features writer, columnist and reviewer. Most recently, he held the role of Features Director of ES Magazine. He was also named Interviewer of the Year at the 2012 British Press Awards.
As well as The Evening Standard, Curtis has written for publications such as The Times and The Sunday Times, The Daily and Sunday Telegraph, Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, The Guardian, The Observer, The Independent, Radio Times and the BBC.
He will start in the new role later this month. A key development in The Evening Standard’s arts criticism will be the introduction of live reviews from major show openings, with readers able to read online reactions from critics on the night.
Supporting Curtis with theatre reviews will be current digital arts editor, Jessie Thompson. Thompson has been at The Evening Standard for three years; in that time she has overseen all aspects of Standard.co.uk’s arts section, growing its page views by 160% in the last year.
George Osborne, editor of The Evening Standard said: “Great arts coverage is at the heart of The Evening Standard and it’s only going to get better. I want our readers to have access to the best, comprehensive and informed information about London’s incredible theatre – not just in our paper, as now, but online too. It’s brilliant to welcome Nick to the arts team. He shares our deep love for and commitment to the stage, with years of experience in the sector. Jessie’s digital expertise will also be crucial as we ensure we continue to deliver content which is always on the pulse.”