‘Theatre is having a golden moment and Libby [Purves] is the perfect person to bring that story to the Radio 4 audience with her knowledge and passion.’ Thus Radio 4 Controller Gwyneth Williams back at the start of December, on the news that Libby would lose Midweek (as would we all) in March 2017, but host a new, monthly theatre show on Saturday nights.
"It is certainly important that Radio 4 should cover more fully the remarkable variety and adventurousness of British theatre at all levels around the country, and I am glad to be a part of its move towards this." said Libby at the time.
Now it seems, the move is over.
Gwyneth Williams, Controller Radio 4, says: “We are sorry to hear that Libby has decided not to take on the presenting duties for Radio 4’s new monthly theatre programme as planned. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Libby again for her years as the brilliant host of Midweek, which comes to an end in March 2017, and I look forward to hearing her back on Radio 4 this autumn to present her documentary on the creation of The Bridge Theatre in London.”