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

Wear Your Wounds, Bill Knight

JV2 / 2017

Marilena Darea, Kukstapoz and Jasmin Vardimon (Jasmin Vardimon at Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

The Macbeths, Nir Segal

The Macbeths

William Shakespeare, Alexander Raptotasios and Manolis Tsipos (Ferodo Bridges CIC at Pleasance Theatre, Islington (Stage Space)).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Men and Girls Dance, Matthew Andrews

Men and Girls Dance

(Fevered Sleep in association with Fuel at The Place).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Smother, Cody Choi


Andrea Walker (201 Dance Company at Theatre Royal, Stratford East).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Adam Karim as Yusuf and Joan Blackham as Pat, Robert Day

Ready or Not

Naylah Ahmed (Kali Theatre at Arcola Theatre (Studio 2)).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Jonathon Young, Jermaine Spivey, Cindy Salgado, David Raymond, Tiffany Tregarthen and Bryan Arias in Betroffenheit, Michael Slobodian


Choreographed and directed by Crystal Pite, written by Jonathon Young (Kidd Pivot and Electric Company Theatre at Sadler's Wells Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Kathryn Hunter as Karen Blixen, Dan Fearon

Out of Blixen

Riotous Company (Riotous Company Co-produced with Print Room at Print Room at the Coronet).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Le Gateau Chocolat,

Le Gateau Chocolat: Black

Le Gateau Chocolat with Ed Burnside (In Company Collective at Theatre Royal, Stratford East).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton