An Introduction to the Drama Section
Chair: Mark Shenton
Hon Secretary: William Russell
The Drama Section of the Critics' Circle is the oldest of the Circle's sections, now approaching its centenary in 2013. SR Littlewood (Daily Chronicle), JT Grein (who first brought Ibsen’s ‘Ghosts’ to London in 1891) and John Parker (the 1913 editor of Who’s Who in the Theatre) arranged the first general meeting in the Hall of the Institute of Journalists when Grein took to the stage and said – “Well, gentlemen, here we are! Let us do something. I propose that we begin by electing William Archer to the chair.”
All Change at the Stage
A new look for the paper
All the world's a stage
Advice for aspiring critics
The world of the web
Random thoughts on what makes a critic.
British Values should be preserved
The curse of the standing ovation
Taking it sitting down.
Critics' Circle Awards 2014
Mike Bartlett, Mark Strong and Helen McCrory triumph
Young Vic has another storming year
Critical Highlights from the Past
Some award-winning favourites
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Critics' Circle Theatre Awards, our members have chosen some of their favourites from the past.
Members of the Drama Section
Including Honorary Members
Drama section members 2015
Report on IATC Congress
100 theatre critics gathered in Beijing from more than 30 countries
Theatre Awards 2013
Photgraphs of some of the winners.
Arthur in the Afternoon
Smith in silver lame
Arthur shows off
Critics' Circle Theatre Awards 2013
Rory Kinnear wins two awards and the Almeida does well in Michael Attenborough's final year with awards for Ghosts and Chimerica.
A Letter from the President of the IATC
The President of the IATC sends his congratulations to the Critics' Circle
100 Years of Criticism: Key Changes
Uncertain times in the world of criticism
The future of criticism and the rise of the online blogger were key themes at the Critics' Circle Centenary Conference last week
The Critics' Circle Theatre Awards 2012
Young Vic is the big winner (Shakespeare's Globe does well too)
Critics' Circle Theatre Awards 2012
Winners will be announced on Tuesday Jan 15
The centenary year kicks off with the Critics' Circle Theatre Awards 2012
Critical Stages seeks sponsors
Highly-regarded webjournal is looking for funds
Prestigious, biannual webjournal has a growing readership of 50,000.
Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland
Winners announced at ceremony in Glasgow
Artists are critical of Creative Scotland at 2012 Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS)
Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland
The National Theatre of Scotland is the front runner with twelve nominations
News from the recent congress in Warsaw
Indian writer Kapila Vatsyayan wins Thalia Prize for services to theatre criticism
International Association of Theatre Critics Supports Robert Sturua
A report from Tbilisi
The IATC joins other protesters around the world to protest against the sacking of Robert Sturua from his position as artistic director of the National Theatre of Georgia.
The Drama section's Critics' Circle Centenary Conference
100 Year of Criticism: Key Changes/Booking is now Open
Full details are on our Home Page
The Critics' Circle Theatre Awards 2011
National Theatre is the big winner
The 2011 Critics' Circle Theatre Awards
Winners will be announced on Tuesday 24th January
Theatrical viagra - the best awards show in town.
Three Perfect Things
Or Two Plus One
One of London's nicest small theatres and a splendid show
European Theatre Prize continued
A report on events in St Petersburg
Prizes, productions, seminars and some drunken behaviour in St Petersburg
European Theatre Prize
Critics gather for this year's event
Critics from all over the world will gather in St Petersburg for the Europe Theatre Prize ceremony, which takes place from 12-18 April.
Influential Italian critic and publisher
The death is announced of the influential theatre critic and publisher
A conference has been held to debate the future of funding for the arts at the Young Vic
500 art practioners and supporters attended a conference to debate the future of the arts at the Young Vic. At the same time a letter has been delivered to Downing Street.
Distinguished theatre and literary critic dies at 75
It was always hard to find anyone with a bad word to say about John Gross, who died on January 10 at the age of 75. How could anybody with his extensive knowledge and intellectual distinction – the Spectator called him “the best-read man in Britain” – be so unpretentiously agreeable?
The Critics' Circle Theatre Awards
Tuesday January 25 2011
The Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards are 22 years old this year and will take place on Jan 25 at the Prince of Wales Theatre. Entrance to this informal event is by invitation only.
The Critics' Circle Theatre Awards 2010
The Drama Section of the Critics’ Circle held its annual awards at lunchtime today at the Prince of Wales Theatre. They were introduced by Arthur Smith and hosted by Mark Shenton, Chair of the Drama Section.