Welcome to the 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." W.C.Macready
"By and large critics are at the bottom of the intellectual heap." Brian Sewell
President: Jeffery Taylor
Vice-President: Anna Smith
Hon. General Secretary: Rick Jones who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hon. Treasurer: Peter Cargin
Trustees: Ian Herbert, Michael Billington
A Critical Century, the history of the Circle, is available on Amazon to download as a Kindle book.
Available on Amazon.
Admission to the Circle, established in 2913, is by invitation of the Council. The criteria stated in our rules is as follows -
Invitations are issued only to persons engaged professionally,regularly and substantially for at least two years in the writing or broadcasting (television, radio and internet) if criticism of drama, music, films, dance and the visual arts, and/or who write or broadcast informed analytical features or programmes on the discipline of the section to which they wish to belong.
There is a waiting list for the film section.
Currently we have some 540 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 six sections - drama, music, film, dance, the visual arts and architecture, and as of 2014 literature. 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.
Anybody interested in joining the Literary section should contact the chair Steven O'Brien - email@example.com
To contact the Critics' Circle Hon Sec Rick Jones firstname.lastname@example.org
Mad Max: Fury Road and 45 Years take top honours at the 36th Critics' Circle Film Awards
Judi Dench presents Kenneth Branagh with the Dilys Powell Award, as British and Irish talent sweeps the acting prizes.
Carol leads the nominations for the 36th London Critics' Circle Film Awards
Winners to be announced at ceremony on 17th January
The Critics' Circle Film Awards
17 January 2016
Advance information about the 2016 Circle Film Awards
Critics’ Circle Announces Music Awards for 2014
George Benjamin wins 2014 Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Musician
The fourth annual Critics’ Circle Music Awards are announced today, with composer George Benjamin to receive the 2014 Award for Outstanding Musician. The awards for Exceptional Young Talent in music were made to composer Charlotte Bray, singer Mary Bevan and pianist Igor Levit.
FILM CRITICS LAUNCH AWARD FOR BRITISH SHORT FILM OF THE YEAR
Actor-filmmakers Steve Oram and Alice Lowe will return as hosts for the ceremony on 17th January at The May Fair Hotel.
Dame Maggie Smith tops our poll
The 2015 Circle award for Services to the Arts in Britain
Maggie Smith is the recipient.
Mixed Fortunes at Covent Garden
Royal Ballet triple bill ranges from brilliant to disjointed
Critic Jeffery Taylor is entranced by some sections of Kevin O'Hare's triple bill for Covent Garden, but is disappointed by others. It tours - but only internationally, ignoring the home market.
Pelléas et Mélisande, English Touring Opera, Malvern Theatres, 22 October
A chamber version of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande: it should make perfect sense. The complexity of the relationships between Maeterlinck’s characters, the million delicate refinements of Debussy’s score: surely a scaled-down version could only reveal further subtleties to this most poetic of music dramas?
Goya the unflattering flatterer
Goya: the Portraits, at the National Gallery, London, 7 October - 10 January
Thanks No Thanks
Best and worst of Royal Ballet
The Royal Ballet's latest offering shows the skill of the dancers but the paucity of ideas in the company's resident choreographer.