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

Adam Gillen as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Christopher Godwin as Baron Gottfriedvan Sweite, Marc Brenner


Peter Shaffer (National Theatre at Olivier Theatre, National Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Sigma, Gandini Juggling


(Gandini Juggling at Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Jack Condon as Les and James Craze as Mike, Alex Brenner


Steven Berkoff (Atticist Productions at King's Head Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Oriana Page, Poppy Read and Justin Campbell, Hannah Ellison

Wild Life FM

Pol Heyvaert, Kim Noble and the cast (Campo Arts Centre (Ghent), Unicorn Theatre, Norfolk & Norwich Festival in association with Gessnerallee Zürich at Unicorn Theatre (Weston Theatre)).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Richard Harfst as Burglar, Francesca Burgoyne as Lady Ariadne Utterwood, Ben Porter as Mazzini Dunn, Toby Spearpoint as Randall Utterwood, Alison Mead as Nurse Guinness, Lianne Harvey as Ellie Dunn and Helen Anker as Hesione Hushabye, Scott Rylander

Heartbreak House

George Bernard Shaw (The Phil Willmott Company at Union Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

English National Ballet in Song of the Earth, Laurent Liotardo

Song of the Earth / La Sylphide

Choreographers: Kenneth MacMillan and August Bournonville Music: Gustav Mahler and Herman Severin Løvenskiold (English National Ballet at London Coliseum).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton



Sue Healy (Two’s Company in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre at Finborough Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Mark Ota as Japanese Soldier, Amy Molloy as Minnie Vautrin, Elizabeth Chan as Iris Chang and Jennifer Lim as Nanking Victim, Scott Rylander

Into the Numbers

Christopher Chen (Arsalan Sattari Productions in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre at Finborough Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Carl Mullaney as General Blight, Amy Perry, Lizzie Hills as Mrs Wimp, Chris McGuigan, Mathew McKenna as Bananaman, Emma Ralston as Fiona Mullins, Brian Gilligan, T J Lloyd as Chief O'Reilly and Marc Pickering as Dr Gloom, Pamela Raith


Book, music & lyrics by Leon Parris (Sightline Entertainment in association with Cahoots Theatre Company and Beano Studios at Southwark Playhouse (The Large)).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton