20 JANUARY 1961, Page 16

Alan Brien, our theatre critic for the past three years,

is joining the new Sunday Tele- graph in that capacity. He will, however, con- tinue to write for us on other topics; and the first of his articles appears in this week's issue.

Bamber Gascoigne, who succeeds him, has been the theatre critic of the Cambridge Re- view. and had the unusual distinction of writing a successful revue—Share My Lettuce, which had a West End run for nine months— while still at the University. He has done re- search on the theatre both there and on a Commonwealth Fellowship in America; and is writing a book on the contemporary drana.