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: Jeffery Taylor
Vice-President: Anna Smith
Hon. General Secretary: Rick Jones who can be contacted at email@example.com
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 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 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.
The Literary section is still in its infancy but anybody interested in joining it could contact Steven O'Brien - firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the Critics' Circle Hon Sec Rick Jones email@example.com
The Circle's Award for Services to the arts in Britain.
presented to Nicholas Hytner at a lunch on 23 September in the National Liberal Club.
On the Day of Atonement Nicholas Hytner receives his Circle award
Obituary: Brian Sewell
The critic apart
The Critics' Circle Film Awards
17 January 2016
Advance information about the 2016 Circle Film Awards
How To Write About....
A manual for critics, students and bloggers
How to learn about writing criticism - a handy guide for those who would become critics.
Edward Greenfield, 30 July 1928 – 1 July 2015
Veteran classical music critic dies at 86
Edward Greenfield, a legendary figure in classical music criticism, died on 1 July having never stopped listening and writing.
Ion Trewin 1943-2015.
Andrew Porter, 1928-2015
Music critic, cultural commentator and translator of operatic libretti
Andrew Porter, who established an eminent reputation on both sides of the Atlantic over a long career in music criticism, has died in London at the age of 86.
National Dance Awards
Dance awards break records
Boyhood is the big winner at the CC Film Awards
Richard Linklater wins Film and Director, while Patricia Arquette was named Supporting Actress of the Year at the 35th annual ceremony, held at The May Fair Hotel
Miranda Richardson to receive the top accolade at CC Film Awards
Acclaimed actress will be honoured with the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film at the critics' awards ceremony on 18th January at The May Fair Hotel.