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

Danny Mellor as Dale,


Danny Mellor (Danny Mellor Presents´╗┐ at Wilton's Music Hall).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Lourdes Faberes as Tamburlaine and Leo Wan as Mycetes, Robert Workman


Christopher Marlowe (Yellow Earth at Arcola Theatre (Studio 2)).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Marios Iordanu as The Cretan,

The Cretan

Dionysios Solomos (adapted by Sofia Kazantzian) (Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs at Hellenic Centre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

On screen and centre below: Hugo Koolschijn as Julius Caesar, Jan Versweyveld

Roman Tragedies

Based on William Shakespeare (Toneelgroep Amsterdam at Barbican Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Michelle Collins as Gina & Joe Coen as Gideon,

A Dark Night in Dalston

Stewart Permutt (Moya Productions, It Worx and Steven Harris in association with Park Theatre at Park Theatre (Park 90)).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Dominic Rowan as Geoffrey, Sandra Marvin as Rose, Tamzin Ouhwaite* as Mavis, Jessica-Alice McCluskey as Lynne, Amanda Holden a Vera, Tracy-Ann Oberman as Maxine and Nicola Stephenson as Dorothy, Ray Burmiston

Stepping Out

Richard Harris (Theatre Royal Bath Productions and James Grant Group at Vaudeville Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Tim Preece, Lynn Farleigh and Anna Calder-Marshall, Atri Banerjee

Lost Without Words

Improvised by the company (National Theatre and Improbable at Dorfman Theatre, National Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Ulrika Krichnamurti as Aditi, Robert Day

Made in India

Satinder Kaur Chohan (Tamasha at Soho Upstairs).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton