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: Mark Shenton
Vice-President: Mark Pullinger
Hon. General Secretary: Rick Jones criticscircleallsections@gmail.com
Hon. Treasurer: Peter Cargin
Trustees: Ian Herbert, Michael Billington, Peter Cargin

News & reviews

Picasso the Modernist Classicist

Picasso the Modernist Classicist

Picasso's sculpture at the Galleria Borghese, Rome Guidebooks refer to Rome’s Galleria Borghese as the ‘queen of all private collections’. Set in the expansive Borghese gardens, it is a collection begun in the early 17th century by Cardinal Scipione Borghese and added...

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Alcina, St John’s, Smith Square

Hungry hearts by Robert Thicknesse Not many groups can sell out St John’s for a concert of a nearly 300-year-old opera; it says a lot for the vaulting reputation of David Bates’s outfit La Nuova Musica that the place was packed. In what looked a neat gimmick (and...

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Bonnard’s Dog of Distinction

Bonnard’s colour stays in the mind’s eye long after leaving Tate’s current exhibition. His dappled brushwork, undulating lines and areas of colour describe landscapes, interiors and still lifes. They are images of languid, unhurried, sunny days. The artist plays with...

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London Critics Name Roma as Film of the Year

Alfonso Cuarón's personal drama also wins Director of the Year, while Yorgos Lanthimos' period black comedy The Favourite takes four awards, including British/Irish Film, Screenwriter, Actress for Olivia Colman and Supporting Actress for Rachel Weisz. The UK's leading...

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