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
And who are we to disagree with either?
Admission to the Circle, which will celebrate its Centenary in 2013, is by invitation of the Council. Currently we have some 430 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. Our sections hold several meetings a year to vet possible new members, discuss current issues and meet artists in their particular fields. Occasional lunches are held to celebrate the work of a distinguished artist. As well as the Critics' Circle Award for Services to the Arts, which is voted for by all members of the Circle, all our sections, their own award ceremonies which are covered on this site. On 7 May 2013 we are holding our Centenary Awards for services to the arts, one from each section. The Film, Dance and Theatre awards are held in January or February, the dates for 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.
Cock and Bull
Critical Encounters in Shoreditch to enliven a Sunday afternoon
Critical concerns - a series of discussions.
Here's to the Next Hundred Years
The toast with which Dame Janet Suzman concluded our Centenary Awards for Services to the Arts presentation in the Garden Room at the Barbican on 7 May
Early days of the Circle
As reported in the Journal of the Institute of Journalists
Birth pangs you could say
Meet the Critics - Once in a Lifetime?
A memorable day at the Victoria and Albert Museum
Talking to our readers!
One Hundred Ways to Skin a Cat
One Hundred artists who made a major contribution to the arts in Britain during our first one hundred years
The Hundred for the Hundred
The Circle's One Hundred Glorious Years
Meet the Critics at the V&A
Meet the people you read. Or maybe meet the people you don't read. But it is open house on 27 April. Admission Free.
The Film That Changed My Life
A Celebration of 100 Years of the Critics’ Circle
The Film Section joins in the celebrations of our Centenary.
NUNEZ DECLARES THIS A SPECIAL MOMENT
Grishko Best Female Dancer of 2012
2012 NATIONAL DANCE AWARDS
33rd Critics' Circle Film Awards winners
LONDON CRITICS' CIRCLE FILM AWARDS FALL FOR AMOUR