Harold Hobson (4 August 1904 – 12 March 1992) was an English drama critic and author.
He was born in
Thorpe Hesley near Rotherham in South Yorkshire, England and read History at Oxford University. He was an assistant literary editor for the from 1944 and later became its drama critic (1947-76). He was the only drama critic to recognise Sunday Times Harold Pinter's talent as a dramatist and wrote of , "Pinter … possesses the most original, disturbing and arresting talent in theatrical London". During his career, he was to champion many other new playwrights, especially The Birthday Party John Osborne, Samuel Beckett and Tom Stoppard. He was also drama critic of the (1931-74), wrote for Christian Science Monitor Drama and and was a regular member of the radio programme The Listener The Critics. In the 1960s, he was invited by Peter Hall to join the board of the National Theatre.
He wrote a number of books relating to British and French theatre, including his autobiography entitled
Indirect Journey (1978) and a personal history based on his work as a drama critic Theatre in Britain (1984).
Harold Hobson received a knighthood from
Queen Elizabeth II in 1977.