The Critics’ Circle

Protecting and promoting cultural criticism since 1913

The Critics’ Circle believes impartial, professional criticism of the arts is an essential ingredient of a healthy society. The Circle today has 490 members shared between Theatre (117), Music (78), Film (151), Dance (57), Visual Arts (47) and Books (40). Admission to the Circle is by invitation from the Council.

Since 1988 the Circle has presented each year the Service to Art Rosebowl to an artist of conspicuous achievement. In 2015 the members voted for Dame Maggie Smith, in 2016 for Matthew Bourne.

The sections make their own awards in ceremonies which are significant social occasions, and hold periodic meetings and lunches to discuss their awards, propose new members, debate current issues and meet artists.

President: Mark Shenton
Vice-President: Mark Pullinger
Hon. General Secretary: Rick Jones
Hon. Treasurer: Peter Cargin
Trustees: Ian Herbert, Michael Billington, Peter Cargin

News & reviews

Critics’ Circle Music Awards 2018

The Music Section of the Critics' Circle is delighted to announce the recipients of its 2018 Awards which are as follows:   Emerging Talent (Conductor): Karina Canellakis Considering she only made her conducting debut in 2014, encouraged by Sir Simon Rattle while...

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The Favourite leads nominees for CC Film Awards

Pedro Almodóvar is named as recipient of the London critics' top honour, The Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film, as Yorgos Lanthimos' Queen Anne drama The Favourite picks up 10 nominations across the board. Presented by Dover Street Entertainment, the ceremony...

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Hansel and Gretel, Royal Opera

Now brush your teeth The Royal Opera’s brief to director Antony McDonald was simple: create a production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel that does for Christmas opera what The Nutcracker does for ballet. His answer is picture-postcard pretty – a nineteenth-century,...

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