Welcome Critics' Circle website
Who we are, what we are
"I wish I were anything rather than an actor...except a critic: let me be unhappy rather than vile."
"By and large critics are at the bottom of the intellectual heap." Brian Sewell
President: Simon Tait
Vice-President: Jeffery Taylor
Hon. General Secretary: William Russell
Hon. Treasurer: Peter Cargin
Trustees: Ian Herbert, Michael Billington
And who are we to disagree with either?
Admission to the Circle, which is celebrating its Centenary in 2013, is by invitation of the Council. Currently we have some 440 members, mostly from the United Kingdom, the majority of whom write regularly for national and regional newspapers and magazines and some write on line. The Council is made up of representatives of our five sections - drama, music, film, dance and the visual arts. Our sections hold several meetings a year to vet possible new members, discuss current issues and meet artists in their particular fields. As well as the Critics' Circle Award for Services to the Arts in Britain, voted for by all members of the Circle, our sections have their own award ceremonies which are covered on this site. On 7 May 2013 we held our Centenary Awards for Services to the Arts, one from each section to mark the Centenary. The Film, Dance and Theatre awards are held in January or February, the Visual Arts and Music Awards tend to be later in the year. Our Annual Award is NOT a Lifetime Achievment Award, rather it is a Thanks for Services Rendered award.
The 25th Critics' Circle Annual Award for Services to the Arts in Britain
And the winner is...
Best bibs and tuckers
The Critics' Circle Visual Arts and Architecture section Annual Award
The Leonardo of our times
The winner of the 2013 Visual Arts award - Thomas Heatherwick
The Annual Award for Services to the Arts in Britain
THE CIRCLE AGM
Facebook - Look us up there too
Philip French receives BFI Fellowship
Longstanding CC member presented with highest honour by BFI Chair Greg Dyke
Like Badgers critics are being culled
The shape of things to come after 1 September
Signs of the times - is this the beginning of the end?
John Amis in a striped waistcoat - he was noted for wearing striped blazers.
The Critics'Circle Centenary Conference
A Drama Section Event : Friday 27 September - Booking Now Open
Critics, academics and members of the theatregoing public are warmly invited to the Circle's Centenary Conference at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Distinguished panelists and speakers will address the roots of modern theatre criticism, leading critics will describe how they go about it now, listen to the views of their targets and consider the future of professional reviewing in a world of tweets and blogs.
BBFC marks 100 years of The Critics’ Circle
See also Marianne Gray on the Film Page writing about the BBFC
Not quite twin souls.
Here's to the Next Hundred Years
The toast with which Dame Janet Suzman concluded our Centenary Awards for Services to the Arts presentation in the Garden Room at the Barbican on 7 May