Tom Bolton

Tom Bolton

Tom comes from the South Warwickshire countryside, but reached London in 1996 and now lives as close as is legally permitted to the platforms at Streatham station. He spends a lot of time walking in, across, around, over and sometimes under London has books about it: 'Vanished City' (2014) and‘London’s Lost Rivers’ (2011). He also greatly enjoys theatre, which he reviews for Londonist; folkish, electronic and other sorts of music, which he reviews for Musosguide; galleries, the Tube, cricket, maps, second-hand bookshops, and municipal libraries. He is also an urban policy researcher at the Bartlett, UCL.

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Articles by: Tom Bolton

A History Of Camden Town In Five Buildings

A History Of Camden Town In Five Buildings

Music hall history and an alternative Albert Hall. | By Tom Bolton
Globe's ‘Loud’ And ‘Naughty’ Artistic Director Forced To Leave
Opinion

Globe's ‘Loud’ And ‘Naughty’ Artistic Director Forced To Leave

Will her successor be another man? | By Tom Bolton
Where To See And Hear The Hidden River Fleet

Where To See And Hear The Hidden River Fleet

London's most famous hidden river. | By Tom Bolton
Secrets Of The Thames

Secrets Of The Thames

The artery of the city. | By Tom Bolton
Review: Is Dea The Most Extreme Play London Has Ever Seen?

Review: Is Dea The Most Extreme Play London Has Ever Seen?

Edward Bond breaks every taboo going. | By Tom Bolton ★★★☆☆
Review: Englishman, Irishman And Scotsman Defy Stereotype

Review: Englishman, Irishman And Scotsman Defy Stereotype

The Joke shows what it's like to be trapped inside a joke. | By Tom Bolton
Walbrook Stolen By Monks! New Lost Rivers Of London Has New Ideas

Walbrook Stolen By Monks! New Lost Rivers Of London Has New Ideas

Much-loved classic The Lost Rivers of London returns. | By Tom Bolton
Review: Forced Entertainment Live Up To Their Name In The Notebook

Review: Forced Entertainment Live Up To Their Name In The Notebook

A nebulous production. | By Tom Bolton ★★☆☆☆
Three Actors, 73 Characters, One Wild Satire Reviewed

Three Actors, 73 Characters, One Wild Satire Reviewed

A deeply dark, wildly entertaining satire on Depression America. | By Tom Bolton ★★★★☆
 Mexican Nun Triumphs At The Globe

Mexican Nun Triumphs At The Globe

The Heresy of Love. | By Tom Bolton ★★★★☆
Class Division, Sexual Politics And Doomed Passion In Miss Julie

Class Division, Sexual Politics And Doomed Passion In Miss Julie

Bread and Roses pub branches out into theatre. | By Tom Bolton ★★★☆☆
Philip Ridley's New Play Exposes Our Obsession With Home Ownership

Philip Ridley's New Play Exposes Our Obsession With Home Ownership

The animal desires behind our need to nest. | By Tom Bolton ★★★★☆
Physical Theatre And Classical Acting Collide In My Perfect Mind

Physical Theatre And Classical Acting Collide In My Perfect Mind

An inspired, hilarious fusion of styles. | By Tom Bolton
Limehouse Days And Nights

Limehouse Days And Nights

A new perspective on the mysterious and obscure history of London's first Chinatown. | By Tom Bolton
The Garden Of Eden In Lambeth North

The Garden Of Eden In Lambeth North

William Blake and Tom Paine meet in this theatrical revival. | By Tom Bolton
God, Demons And Physical Theatre At The Tricycle

God, Demons And Physical Theatre At The Tricycle

Belief, fear, superstition, and the worst thing you could possibly imagine. | By Tom Bolton
Don Gil: 17th Century Sex Comedy In Green Breeches

Don Gil: 17th Century Sex Comedy In Green Breeches

Mistaken-identity, role-reversal, gender-swapping, bed-hopping, triple-take, urban-revenge farce. | By Tom Bolton
Beckett Trilogy: Royal Court Turns Out The Lights

Beckett Trilogy: Royal Court Turns Out The Lights

Lisa Dwan is terrifying and captivating. | By Tom Bolton
Children Let Loose In Battersea Arts Centre's Maze

Children Let Loose In Battersea Arts Centre's Maze

An interactive treat. | By Tom Bolton
Scott Of The Antarctic, Rick Astley And A Cheese Slice

Scott Of The Antarctic, Rick Astley And A Cheese Slice

Lashings of tea, japery, home-made effects, and surreal chaos. | By Tom Bolton
Lizzie Siddal Steps Off The Gallery Walls

Lizzie Siddal Steps Off The Gallery Walls

The Pre-Raphaelite muse and artist comes to life. | By Tom Bolton
New Writing And New Ethics At The New Hope Theatre

New Writing And New Ethics At The New Hope Theatre

Sandpits Avenue and League of St George give us conflict, alienation and excellent tunes. | By Tom Bolton
Ten Vanished, And Vanishing London Experiences

Ten Vanished, And Vanishing London Experiences

Watching Concorde to old school Soho. | By Tom Bolton
Routes Gets To The Heart Of Immigration

Routes Gets To The Heart Of Immigration

Political theatre in the Royal Court tradition. | By Tom Bolton
Josephine And I: Vaudeville Meets Civil Rights At The Bush

Josephine And I: Vaudeville Meets Civil Rights At The Bush

A winning mix of cabaret and incisive, political drama. | By Tom Bolton

Theatre Review: Moth @ Bush Theatre

Hilarious stupidity mixed with sinister fantasy. | By Tom Bolton
Connections Across Generations: 4000 Miles At The Print Room

Connections Across Generations: 4000 Miles At The Print Room

The beautifully observed set is the quiet star. | By Tom Bolton
Gibraltar At Arcola Theatre Tackles Dark Events That Many Want To Forget

Gibraltar At Arcola Theatre Tackles Dark Events That Many Want To Forget

But new play falls short on too many fronts. | By Tom Bolton
Three Birds At Bush Theatre: Essential New Drama with Chicken-Theft and Turkey Basters

Three Birds At Bush Theatre: Essential New Drama with Chicken-Theft and Turkey Basters

Essential new drama, complete with turkey basters, hand puppets, hand jobs, and a raid on the Surrey Docks Farm. | By Tom Bolton
Theatre Review: Gruesome Playground Injuries @ Gate Theatre

Theatre Review: Gruesome Playground Injuries @ Gate Theatre

Funny, sad and enjoyably gross. | By Tom Bolton
Review: Chewing Gum Dreams / Chapel Street @ Bush Theatre

Review: Chewing Gum Dreams / Chapel Street @ Bush Theatre

RADAR 2012 is the place to be for new writing this month, and Chewing Gum Dreams is the real deal. | By Tom Bolton
Theatre Preview: Dr Faustus @ Pleasance Theatre

Theatre Preview: Dr Faustus @ Pleasance Theatre

Soul-selling courtesy of physical theatre company Scene Productions. | By Tom Bolton
Theatre Review: Brand New Ancients @ Battersea Arts Centre

Theatre Review: Brand New Ancients @ Battersea Arts Centre

We will be hearing more of Kate Tempest, a defiantly everyday rapper with a gift for telling stories. | By Tom Bolton
Theatre Review: Three Kingdoms @ Lyric Hammersmith

Theatre Review: Three Kingdoms @ Lyric Hammersmith

Weird, disturbing, entertaining and including a very naked porn shoot. | By Tom Bolton
Theatre Review: Murder on the Nile @ New Wimbledon Theatre

Theatre Review: Murder on the Nile @ New Wimbledon Theatre

Where's Poirot when you need him? | By Tom Bolton
Theatre Review: A Respectable Wedding & Bud

Theatre Review: A Respectable Wedding & Bud

The Tell Theatre Company stage a double bill of rarely performed plays about marriage | By Tom Bolton

Review: The Trial of Ubu @ The Hampstead Theatre

Papa Ubu is guilty as hell and the audience knows it. | By Tom Bolton
Review: Count Oederland @ The Arcola Theatre

Review: Count Oederland @ The Arcola Theatre

What if one day you randomly axed a colleague to death? | By Tom Bolton
Theatre Review: Street Scene @ Young Vic

Theatre Review: Street Scene @ Young Vic

The West End this ain't, but Street Scene has more to offer than the traditional musical, combining social commentary with a melting pot of styles, an epic cast and a powerful, absorbing staging. | By Tom Bolton
Review: this is where we got to when you came in @ Bush Theatre

Review: this is where we got to when you came in @ Bush Theatre

Join non zero one's back stage magical mystery tour, to say goodbye to the old Bush Theatre before it vanishes like a mirage. | By Tom Bolton
Review: Bluebird @ The Courtyard Theatre

Review: Bluebird @ The Courtyard Theatre

Britain's 'edgelands poet' has a particular affinity with off-the-map London, where people live on the fringes in places that aren’t supposed to matter. | By Tom Bolton
Theatre Review: Richard III @ Hampstead Theatre

Theatre Review: Richard III @ Hampstead Theatre

The most riotous Shakespeare in town, lurching from urbanity to deranged, blackly comic violence. | By Tom Bolton
Theatre Review: Tender Napalm @ Southwark Playhouse

Theatre Review: Tender Napalm @ Southwark Playhouse

Sex, violence and the insertion of a grenade somewhere that can't be discussed on a family blog. | By Tom Bolton
Review: Woman Bomb @ The Tristan Bates Theatre

Review: Woman Bomb @ The Tristan Bates Theatre

By Tom Bolton