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: Anna Smith
Vice-President: William Russell
Hon. General Secretary: Rick Jones criticscircleallsections@gmail.com
Hon. Treasurer: Peter Cargin
Trustees: Ian Herbert, Michael Billington, Peter Cargin

News & reviews

Salome, Royal Opera House

Salome, Royal Opera House

Coming to a head By Robert Thicknesse Richard Strauss’s 1905 work – a cunning undertaking which, in setting Oscar Wilde’s intentionally inflammatory play of 1891, achieved its aim of creating notoriety and instant fame – is one of those operas that, by transforming...

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Critics’ Circle Music Awards 2017

The Music Section of The Critics’ Circle is delighted to announce the recipients of its Annual Awards for 2017 which are as follows: Emerging Talent (Voice) Natalya Romaniw At just 30, Natalya Romaniw’s star is in the ascendant. A voice of rare spinto warmth lends...

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Words and music

By Jessica Duchen Two less than Christmassy pieces of news in music journalism have arrived within a matter of weeks. One is that the Ham & High – more than merely a north London local paper – is dropping its classical music coverage. The other is that the Birmingham...

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With magical touch

Chagall's illustrations for Shakespeare's The Tempest, by Clare Finn Marc Chagall’s last major project has largely passed scholars by until it was studied more recently by Hanna Scolnicov, Professor emerita of Theatre Studies in the Faculty of Arts, Tel-Aviv...

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How Calder broke new ground

The first biography of the artist that brought movement to sculpture, by Clare Finn Alexander Calder’s art, his exploration of movement and time to the previously a static medium of sculpture, was, and still is, is ground breaking. So it is a surprise to find that...

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