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

Vicky Winning as Lisa and William Vasey as Tom Crowe, Broken Silence Theatre


Tim Cook (Broken Silence Theatre at King's Head Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Blondel, Scott Rylander


Lyrics by Tim Rice, music by Stephen Oliver, book by Tom Williams & Tim Rice, additional music by Mathew Pritchard (Union Theatre and Heartaches Limited at Union Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Lily Newbury Freeman as Nancy and Emma Playfair as Elma, The Other Richard


Steve Rodgers (NewPlay Productions in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre at Finborough Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Andrew Loudon as James Bonney MP and Malcolm Jeffries as George Jenner, Georgia Leanne Harris

James Bonney MP

Ian Buckley (RedNeedle Productions at White Bear Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Kyle Lima as Frocin, Kirsty Woodward as Whitehands, Dominic Marsh as Tristan and Hannah Vassallo as Yseult, Steve Tanner

Tristan & Yseult

Carl Grose and Anna Maria Murphy (Kneehigh at Shakespeare's Globe).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Andrew Scott as Hamlet, Angus Wright as Claudius, Juliet Stevenson as Gertrude, Jessica-Brown Findlay as Ophelia and Peter Wight as Polonius, Manuel Harlan


William Shakespeare (Ambassador Theatre Group, Sonia Friedman Productions and the Almeida Theatre at Harold Pinter Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Foreground Max Runham as Capt Walker and rear William Grint as Tommy, Mike Kwasniak

The Who's Tommy

Music and lyrics by Pete Townsend, additional music & lyrics by John Entwistle & Keith Moon (The New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich in co-production with Ramps on the Moon at Theatre Royal, Stratford East).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Edward Killingback as Von Berg, Jeremy Gagan as Old Jew, James Boyd as Major, Daniel Dowling as Boy, P K Tayor as Monceau and Lawrence Boothman as Lebeau, Scott Rylander

Incident at Vichy

Arthur Miller (The Phil Willmott Company at King's Head Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Liam Tamne, Siubhan Harrison, Gillian Bevan, Peter Polycarpou, Krysten Cummings and Dean Chisnall, Robert Workman


Studs Terkel, adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nino Faso (Jack Maple, Rabin Sabi, Christopher Ketner & DEM Productions at Southwark Playhouse).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton