Sam Marlowe is a London-based arts and theatre journalist. She has written extensively for The Times, and contributed to Metro, The Independent, Time Out, The Stage, the i, The Chicago Tribune, and theartsdesk.com. She also appears on radio and television as a theatre expert, notably on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row and on Sky News.
After a degree in drama at the University of East Anglia, Sam trained as an actor with a specialism in musical theatre at Mountview drama school in London. She began writing reviews for the weekly magazine What’s On In London between acting gigs, and after five years as a performer turned to writing full-time, taking over as theatre editor at What’s On soon after.
During her career to date Sam has written thousands of reviews and interviewed some of theatre’s finest and most exciting talents, among them directors Robert Icke, Indhu Rubasingham, Robert Lepage, Marianne Elliott, Yael Farber, Maria Aberg, Lynette Linton, Erica Whyman, and Rachel O’Riordan; actors Paapa Essiedu, Adrian Scarborough, Sharon D Clarke, Victoria Hamilton, Vanessa Kirby, Indira Varma, Helen McCrory and Zoe Wanamaker; and playwrights Nina Raine, Anya Reiss, Duncan Macmillan, Mark Ravenhill, Simon Stephens, Dennis Kelly, Bola Agbaje, Lucy Kirkwood and Tanika Gupta. She passionately – and unapologetically – believes that the arts are essential.
Sam serves on judging panels for The Stage Debut Awards, the UK Theatre Awards and the Evening Standard Awards (Most Promising Playwright category).