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Who we are, what we are
President: Jeffery Taylor
Vice-President: Anna Smith
Hon. General Secretary: Rick Jones firstname.lastname@example.org
Hon. Treasurer: Peter Cargin
Trustees: Ian Herbert, Michael Billington
The Critics’ Circle, which makes an annual award for Services to the Arts, is composed of six sections - Drama, Music, Film, Dance, Visual Arts and Literary criticism. The Literary section, set up in November 2014, does need members and anybody interested should contact the Hon Gen Secretary Rick Jones. The Circle's aims are to promote the art of criticism, to uphold its integrity in practice, to foster and safeguard members’ professional interests, to provide opportunities to meet, and to support the advancement of the arts.
Mad Max: Fury Road and 45 Years take top honours at the 36th Critics' Circle Film Awards
Judi Dench presents Kenneth Branagh with the Dilys Powell Award, as British and Irish talent sweeps the acting prizes.
Carol leads the nominations for the 36th London Critics' Circle Film Awards
Winners to be announced at ceremony on 17th January
The Critics' Circle Film Awards
17 January 2016
Advance information about the 2016 Circle Film Awards
Critics’ Circle Announces Music Awards for 2014
George Benjamin wins 2014 Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Musician
The fourth annual Critics’ Circle Music Awards are announced today, with composer George Benjamin to receive the 2014 Award for Outstanding Musician. The awards for Exceptional Young Talent in music were made to composer Charlotte Bray, singer Mary Bevan and pianist Igor Levit.
FILM CRITICS LAUNCH AWARD FOR BRITISH SHORT FILM OF THE YEAR
Actor-filmmakers Steve Oram and Alice Lowe will return as hosts for the ceremony on 17th January at The May Fair Hotel.
Dame Maggie Smith tops our poll
The 2015 Circle award for Services to the Arts in Britain
Maggie Smith is the recipient.
Mixed Fortunes at Covent Garden
Royal Ballet triple bill ranges from brilliant to disjointed
Critic Jeffery Taylor is entranced by some sections of Kevin O'Hare's triple bill for Covent Garden, but is disappointed by others. It tours - but only internationally, ignoring the home market.
Pelléas et Mélisande, English Touring Opera, Malvern Theatres, 22 October
A chamber version of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande: it should make perfect sense. The complexity of the relationships between Maeterlinck’s characters, the million delicate refinements of Debussy’s score: surely a scaled-down version could only reveal further subtleties to this most poetic of music dramas?
Goya the unflattering flatterer
Goya: the Portraits, at the National Gallery, London, 7 October - 10 January
Thanks No Thanks
Best and worst of Royal Ballet
The Royal Ballet's latest offering shows the skill of the dancers but the paucity of ideas in the company's resident choreographer.