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

Dracula at Sutton House, John Wilson

Dracula

Written by Katharine Armitage from workshops with the cast, based on the novel by Bram Stoker (Tea Break Theatre at Sutton House).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Sandra Veronica Stańczyk as Lady Elizabeth Woodruff, Michael Brydon

The Raven

Edgar Allan Poe, adapted by Simon James Collier (Okai Collier Company / Evcol Entertainment at Old Red Lion).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Angela Clerkin as the Good Daughter, Sheila Burnett

The Secret Keeper

Angela Clerkin (Clerkinworks and Oval House at Oval House).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Top: Luke Trebilcock as Gilgamesh, Jaye Ella-Ruth as Siduri, The Countess Alex Zapak as Shamhat the Sacred Harlot; Bottom: Nicola Blackman as Humbaba, Jazmine Wilkinson as Shamash, Birte Widmann as Ishtar, McVirn Etienne

Gilgamesh

Piers Beckley (Red Meeple at White Bear Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Beowulf, Graham Michael

Beowulf

Chris Thorpe (Unicorn Theatre (Weston Theatre)).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Prasad Cherkady and Sharanya Ramaprakash, South Bank Centre

Akshayambara

Sharanya Ramprakash (Royal Festival Hall (Blue Room)).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

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A Day by the Sea

N C Hunter (Two's Company and Karl Sydow, in association with Master Media Ltd at Southwark Playhouse (The Large)).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

What Once Was Ours, Phil Crow

What Once Was Ours

Chris Elwell (Zest Theatre and Half Moon at Half Moon Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Anna Martine Freeman as Val and Nima Taleghani as Sami, Richard Lakos

Laika

Bryony Hannah and Avye Leventis (Unicorn Theatre (Clore Theatre)).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton