Reviews from the productions Thomas has been in.


The Importance of Being Earnest / 2018

Thomas Howes steals the show as Algernon. It’s a hard role, but Howes is brilliant, giving the impression that the well-worn aphorisms are really occurring to him as he speaks. It’s a very fun, understated performance - he lounges across the stage, munching on baked goods, radiating impish mischief’ Essential Surrey

`Thomas Howes makes himself comfortable in the role of frivolous fop Algernon, draping himself over every stick of furniture, nailing every epigram with an insouciant blend of cynicism and charisma’ The Stage

`Thomas Howes delights as a flamboyant Algernon - the double act enchants and amuses with many laugh-out loud moments both from Wilde’s wry wisdom and the duo’s easy interaction’ British Theatre Guide

`Thomas Howes and Peter Sandys-Clarke mine every drop of humour from Wilde’s nimble script, with the dispute over muffins and tea cakes - in which both are flung across the stage - a particular highlight’ Guildford News

`Algernon Moncrieff, played by Thomas Howes, is a wonderful example of an extravagant, carefree dandy whose existence is merely for pleasure. Howes delivers this character with a natural ease and it is tremendously amusing watching him spar with the more uptight character of Jack Worthing, played by Peter Sandys-Clarke. The two actors convey a genuinely comfortable relationship on stage, with constant bickering like siblings, so it is heartwarming to see the two men united as true brothers at the end of the play’ TRP Critic

`Thomas Howes is playful and perhaps the most comfortable in his role’ Reviews Hub

`Thomas Howes of Downton Abbey fame was a brilliantly flamboyant and engaging Algernon - the literal muffin fight was the pinnacle of the slapstick’

`Thomas Howes played a perfect Algernon Moncrieff, his mannerisms and the way he used the set to drape himself added much to the believability of his character’

`Thomas Howes and Peter Sandys-Clarke create an utterly divine double act - their on-stage rapport goes from strength to strength’ Bath Magazine

`Algernon, played by Thomas Howes, was more characterful than any I’ve seen’ Bath & Wiltshire Parent `Mr Howes has an accommodating ear for the precision of Wilde’s epigrams, which are delivered at speed and are, therefore, weightless, blown away on the lightest breeze like sea foam. The effect is cumulative and seductive’ Stage Talk Magazine

`Thomas Howes, of Downton Abbey fame, is the star of tonight’s performance in his role playing dandy Algernon Moncrieff. He lounges across stage props, orders his butler about as he scoffs cucumber sandwiches, while delivering each line with charm and wit’ Manchester Evening News

`Thomas Howes’ Algernon is the perfect blend of dandy and bravado, draping over the scenery like a Victorian silk throw’ Mancunian Matters

`Thomas Howes does an excellent job as the foppish young Algernon, leisurely sprawling himself over the furniture as he impishly scuppers Jack’s plans - the chemistry between the double-act is a highlight of the production’ Arts Shelf

`Howes was on impeccable form playing Moncrieff, a character who’s love for food, and mischievous, yet desirable, personality is the heart of the humour. Whether he’s sprawled out on a chaise longue, scoffing muffins to deal with his wrong-doings, or throwing teacakes at his beloved Jack Worthing, his mannerisms are spectacular’

`Downton Abbey favourite, Thomas Howes, portrayed a vivacious Algernon, I enjoyed his excitable characterisation and childish fun. Charged with some of the play’s most memorable one-liners, he delivered them with expert timing and a boyish twinkle in his eye’ Manchester Salon

`Thomas Howes is every inch the suave Algernon Moncrieff’ Lichfield Live `I absolutely adored Howes’ portrayal of Algernon’ Burton Mail

`Thomas Howes as Algernon matches foppish physicality with crystal clear delivery. A delight, both to watch and to listen to’ Lichfield Review

`Howes’ interpretation of the upper class Algernon; it is definitely worth looking at his expressions and mannerisms whenever he is on stage’ Jono’s Tourism

`Thomas Howes takes comedy in his stride, with each line delivered excellently, which was well received by the audience - cheeky in his own way, he has everyone loving him, waiting to see what he will do or eat next!’ Rose Review

`Howes gives an impressive performance’ British Theatre Guide

`A suitably exuberant turn from Downton Abbey veteran Thomas Howes’ On Magazine `Howes is a standout - light-footed, producing scathing, casual remarks with a mouthful of muffin’ The Yorker

`Thomas Howes is exceptional as Algernon. You may know him from his turn as the meek William in Downton Abbey, but his role here is bold and delightful. Seriously, don’t miss this show’ State of the Arts `Thomas Howes and Peter Sandys-Clarke contrast beautifully throughout the play - Howes brings in effortless and exceptional comedy’ Libby Ince Journalism

`Thomas Howes was in his element as frivolous fop Algernon and lit up the stage with his presence. The cast thoroughly deserved the rapturous applause at the end of a performance that Oscar Wilde would have been proud of’ Pocklington Post

`Almost unrecognisable as doomed footman William Mason in Downton Abbey - both physically and vocally - Thomas Howes shines as louche, foodguzzling layabout Algernon Moncrieff’ Cambridge Independent

`Thomas Howes’ rich voice bounced around with a play `For me Thomas Howes, as Algernon, was outstanding. Like Wilde personified. I spent most of the time beaming’ Wiltshire Times

`Howes is on great form playing the devilishly mischievous Moncrieff, lapping it up as he gets to eat lots of muffins and use the stage as his own sofa: the dream job!’ Opening Night `Thomas Howes steals the show as Algernon, playing the extravagant and carefree socialite with eccentric flamboyancy, as he drapes himself over every piece of furniture. His fine double act with Peter Sandys-Clarke is a delight to watch and their sibling-style rivalry on stage feels both comfortable and genuine’


Cinderella / 2017

Desmond Barrit and Thomas Howes as the Ugly Sisters fill pantoland with jokes and outrageous frocks. Long may pantos like Cinderella continue’ Eastern Daily Press

You will have a ball of a time with Mr Barrit and Mr Howes at Cinderella’ Great Yarmouth Mercury `Desmond Barrit and Thomas Howes are the classy Ugly Sisters’ Diss Mercury `Cinderella is hailed a success - thrilled and delighted packed houses over Christmas’ Bromley Times

The Wind in the Willows: The Musical (Original Cast) / 2016

`Fra Fee’s Mole and Thomas Howes’ Ratty strike up a genuine partnership’ The Stage

`I found myself more drawn to the performances of Fra Fee as Mole and Thomas Howes as Ratty - their friendship is illustrated perfectly’ Musical Theatre Review `Thomas Howes as Ratty is terrific’ Chichester Observer

`Fra Fee and Thomas Howes were absolutely charming as their rodent characters and the bond between them which flourished throughout the show was completely endearing’ LittleEllieMae blogger

`Thomas Howes makes a marvellous Rat and has the most tremendous singing talent’

`Howes provides a stellar performance, and helps envelop the entire audience into the world of the animals’ FemaleFirst `Thomas Howes as Rat was simply perfect’ Manchester Salon

`Thomas Howes is the star man here, turning in an outstanding performance as the cultured, river-loving Ratty’ Arts Shelf `Fra Fee as Mole and Thomas Howes as Ratty form the heart of the production, their bond beautifully portrayed and emanating warmth from the stage!’

The Perfect Murder / 2014

`Who do we care about? Thomas Howes as Roy Grace is the answer - we could love him’

`It was such a relief when Thomas Howes’ dogged Detective Grace was on stage - we could warm to him’ Broadway World `Howes is a top-notch actor’ Inquire `Howes gives a very vulnerable and sensitive portrayal of Roy Grace’ Reviews Hub

`Roy Grace is played with confidence by Thomas Howes - there’s a bit of Columbo, what with the rain-mac, the dour hang-dog expression, and relentless dedication’ Stage Review

`Thomas Howes impresses as the young DC Roy Grace’ Birmingham Mail

What the Dickens revealed / 2013

Howes brings Dickens and each of the books’ characters to life - a wonderful bedtime story-teller’ Doncaster Free Press

The lighthouse keeper's open / 2013/2014

'a superbly atmospheric piece with sympathetic portrayals of father and son by William Oxborrow and Thomas Howes’ Seen and Heard Journal Agatha Christie’s

The Mousetrap / 2012

`Sgt Trotter, acted superbly by Thomas Howes, is comparable to Inspector Goole in An Inspector Calls, as he cajoles and questions the witnesses into a state of anxiety and unravels their secrets.’

`Thomas Howes’ Sergeant Trotter - spot on’ Reviews Hub `Star of Downton Abbey and Anna Karenina, Thomas Howes, played Detective Sergeant Trotter with great authority.’

`Particularly strong performance from Thomas Howes’ Bradford Telegraph & Argus `Howes is mesmerising, filled with versatility and brilliance. His mannerisms are unrecognisable from his role as William in Downton Abbey’ Bradford Post

Titanic / 2012

`softly spoken George Symons ( Thomas Howes ) is visibly racked with denial’ Irish Theatre Magazine

The Windslow Boy / 2009

`A sunny limber-legged portrayal of Dickie Winslow by Thomas Howes’ British Theatre Guide

Aladdin / 2008

`Thomas Howes makes a promising panto debut as a lively Wishee Washee’ The Stage `I hope we see him again’ Eastern Daily Press Alan Bennett’s

The History Boys (West End) / 2007/2008
My favourite year / 2007

`Thomas Howes as Scripps is outstandingly good’ Michael Coveney, Whatsonstage

`Thomas Howes as Alan Swann shows what a very good singing voice he has: a rich and strongly delivered vocal performance. He has mellifluous speaking tones reminiscent of Ian McKellen and Dirk Bogarde.’

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