Howard Loxton

London reviewer

Howard Loxton was born a Brummie and went to theatre school there. He started his acting career at the Garrick Theatre, Lichfield, before joining the company at Birmingham Rep. Special weeks took him to other local reps such as Redditch, Wolverhampton, Wednesbury. Kidderminster and the Alex, Birmingham and seasons at Worcester, Coventry and with the Arena Theatre before getting to London. After a couple of small West End roles he found himself largely working as a stage manager, including two seasons with the English Opera Group, with occasional roles in television dramas and light entertainment.

Co-founding and co-editing Viewpoint, a short-lived serious quarterly about television, saw him writing his first reviews and led to occasional contributions as a journalist to The Guardian (his first a feature interview about Dr Who with Dalek creator Terry Nation) and show biz interviews for other journals that ranged from pop stars to choreographer Agnes De Mille. A switch of career took him into book publishing as an editor with Paul Hamlyn, Jonathan Cape and William Collins and into writing nearly fifty books on subjects that include history and natural history as well as theatre.

He became a regular theatre reviewer for the Rogues and Vagabonds website and for Camden New Journal and has been reviewing for British Theatre Guide since 2007.

He has an MA in Modern Drama, is a member of the Critics' Circle and on the committee of the Society for Theatre Research, for whom he organises the annual Theatre Book Prize and chairs the panel of judges.

Latest reviews

Kevin R McNally as King Lear, Sirine Saba as Regan, Chris Nayak as Burgundy, Anjana Vasan as Cordelia, Buam Tihngang as France, Burt Caesar as Gloucester, Ralph Davis (above) as Edmund and Faz Singhateh as Corwall, Marc Brenner

King Lear

William Shakespeare (Shakespeare's Globe).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Kiki's Delivery Service,

Kiki's Delivery Service

Eiko Kadono adapted for the stage by Jessica Siân (Southwark Playhouse (The Large)).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Manda Rydman, Anton Graaf, Saara Ahola, Peter Åberg, and Einar Kling-Odencrants, Mats Bäcker


Tilde Björfors (Cirkus Cirkör at Royal Festival Hall).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Twelfth Night,

Twelfth Night

William Shakespeare (Shooting Stars Theatre at Lauderdale House).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Helen Adie as Barbara and Cradeaux Alexander as Luke, Luxe/Sarah Kelly

Funeral Meats

Cradeaux Alexander (Luxe at King's Head Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Peter Hamilton Dyer as George Orwell and Cressida Bonas as Mrs Orwell, Samuel Taylor

Mrs Orwell

Tony Cox (Proud Haddock at Old Red Lion).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Gian Marco Schiaretti as Che Guevara (left) and Kevin Stephen-Jones as Juan Peron (kneeling by Eva's coffin right), Pamela Raith


Lyrics by Tim Rice Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber (Bill Kenwright at Phoenix Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Lisa Gorgin as Carla and Selina Giles as Heather, Andreas Grieger

The Wasp

Morgan Lloyd Malcolm (Two Shillings and Six Pence Productions in association with Jermyn Street Theatre at Jermyn Street Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton