The Critics’ Circle
Protecting and promoting cultural criticism since 1913
The Critics’ Circle believes impartial, professional criticism of the arts is an essential ingredient of a healthy society. The Circle today has 490 members shared between Theatre (117), Music (78), Film (151), Dance (57), Visual Arts (47) and Books (40). Admission to the Circle is by invitation from the Council.
Since 1988 the Circle has presented each year the Service to Art Rosebowl to an artist of conspicuous achievement. In 2015 the members voted for Dame Maggie Smith, in 2016 for Matthew Bourne.
The sections make their own awards in ceremonies which are significant social occasions, and hold periodic meetings and lunches to discuss their awards, propose new members, debate current issues and meet artists.
President: Anna Smith
Vice-President: William Russell
Hon. General Secretary: Rick Jones firstname.lastname@example.org
Hon. Treasurer: Peter Cargin
Trustees: Ian Herbert, Michael Billington, Peter Cargin
News & reviews
London Critics’ Circle Film Award winners Ken Loach and Mike Leigh have joined a host of writers and filmmakers supporting PEN International’s Free Oleg Sentsov campaign, writes PEN's Sheila Bailey. Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian writer and film director, was detained in...read more
Several of the Proms have celebrated the American composer Leonard Bernstein in his centenary. Nothing has been more rapturously received than Bernstein’s musical West Side Story performed at the halfway weekend by the John Wilson Orchestra under the founder-conductor...read more
Mansel Stimpson writes about an Irish film that confronts truths about the bad influence that prison can have. The tone established by writer/director Frank Berry is enormously important here. Michael Inside is, as the very title suggests, a film about being in prison...read more
by Fiona Hook Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński is perhaps most famous for the YouTube clip, viewed over a million times, in which he sings Vivaldi in cutoffs and trainers. He’s also a champion breakdancer and looks like a more cheerful version of...read more
By Rick Jones Oh for goodness’ sake. The Proms begin and all anyone can talk about is applause in the wrong place. The audience clapped the individual planets of the Solar System instead of waiting for Neptune at the end of Holst’s suite on opening night. Pluto was...read more