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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hon. Treasurer: Peter Cargin
Trustees: Ian Herbert, Michael Billington, Peter Cargin
News & reviews
The London-based media group Dover Street Entertainment returns as headline sponsor for the awards, which will be held for a seventh year at The May Fair Hotel. British actors Molly Wright and Lee Shone will announce the nominations for the 39th London Critics' Circle...read more
Weeping songs By Robert Thicknesse How many gloomy songs can you take at one sitting? The Spitalfields Festival invited its audience to test its mettle in this programme of downbeat (or even deadbeat) numbers by Purcell, Blow, John Dowland, Pelham Humfrey, and one...read more
Philip Fisher reports on a cultural visit to Vienna with tastes of architecture, art, theatre and opera.read more
The 19th National Dance Awards The awards presented each year by the Dance section of the Critics' Circle are also kniown as The National Dance Awards because they are unrivalled for prestige and importance. Announcement of Nominations The Dance Section of the...read more
Postcards from CinéfestOZ, Western Australia, 2018 White sand, white surf: at midnight under the bright full moon of late August I stood alone on a West Australia beach, watching the pale water lap the even paler shore, my shadow a sharply-outlined black silhouette...read more