Sir Matthew Bourne receives the 2016 Rosebowl for Distinguished Service to the Arts Picture © Elliott Franks

Recipients of the Critics’ Circle Annual Award

  • 1988 – Sir Peter Hall
  • 1989 – Dame Ninette de Valois
  • 1990 – Sir Michael Tippett
  • 1991 – Sir David Lean
  • 1992 – Sir John Mills
  • 1993 – Sir Peter Ustinov
  • 1994 – Sir John Drummond
  • 1995 – Sir Peter Wright
  • 1996 – Richard Eyre
  • 1997 – Dame Judi Dench
  • 1998 – Sir Edward Downes
  • 1999 – Harold Pinter
  • 2000 – Dame Alicia Markova
  • 2001 – Paul Scofield
  • 2002 – Alfred Brendel
  • 2003 – Sir Ian McKellen
  • 2004 – Mike Leigh
  • 2005 – Alan Bennett
  • 2006 – Dame Helen Mirren
  • 2007 – Sir Tom Stoppard
  • 2008 – Peter Brook CH
  • 2009 – Sir Alan Ayckbourn
  • 2010 – Ken Loach
  • 2011 – Stephen Sondheim
  • 2012 – Five Centenary Awards: Sir Nicholas Serota, Sir Peter Wright, Sir Colin Davis, Max Stafford-Clarke, Danny Boyle
  • 2013 – Grayson Perry
  • 2014 – Nicholas Hytner
  • 2015 – Dame Maggie Smith
  • 2016 – Sir Matthew Bourne