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
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, which is celebrated its Centenary in 2013, 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 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.
It's not all over
although the fat lady has sung.
Debating the issues
Becoming a Member
People keep asking. We are open to requests.
The door is open - but it is not open to anybody to pass through.
LONDON FILM CRITICS APPOINT NEW OFFICERS
Anna Smith is named Chair, and six critics join the Film Section at its annual general meeting
FILM AWARDS ANNOUNCE 2015 DATE
Major event in the film awards calendar will be hosted by The May Fair hotel for the third year running
David Gritten and Barry Norman on Richard Attenborough
The man who called everyone "darling."
Richard Attenborough: 29 August 1923 - 24 August 2014
An iconic British filmmaker and actor
Lord Attenborough with critic Barry Norman
Ivan Waterman protests
Food, glorious food
Critic Ben Walters on why he is a critic
He tells how vocational passion inspired his new Guardian ebook on criticism.
Advice for those who aspire to be critics.