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 503 members shared between Theatre (117), Music (91), Film (151), Dance (57), Visual Arts (47) and Books (40). Admission to the Circle is by invitation from the Council.
Each year since 1988, the Circle has presented the Rosebowl for Distinguished Service to the Arts to an artist of conspicuous achievement. In 2019 the members voted for David Hockney and in 2020 for Dame Janet Baker.
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: Suzi Feay
Vice-President: Robert Thicknesse
Hon. General Secretary: Rick Jones email@example.com
Hon. Treasurer: Peter Cargin
Trustees: Ian Herbert, Michael Billington, Peter Cargin
News & reviews
Over the past year the Critics' Circle Film Section has been reflecting on its membership criteria and the decision-making around it.On examination of our processes, we realised that we have been artificially limiting the number of candidates accepted every year, and...read more
On the anniversary of the last iteration of the National Dance Awards (held at the Barbican on 19th February 2020), the Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle is pleased to announce that the 21st edition of the National Dance Awards will go ahead later this year -...read more
One of the greatest living stars of British classical music, the mezzo-soprano Dame Janet Baker CH DBE, was voted the winner of the 2019 Critics' Circle Rosebowl by the 500 members of the Circle. Regrettably both the announcement and the award have been delayed by the...read more
Chloé Zhao also wins for screenwriting and Frances McDormand takes the leading actress prize, while Rose Glass' Saint Maud claims three awards at this year's virtual ceremony. The improvised American road movie Nomadland won three top honours including Film of the...read more
Films by writer-directors Rose Glass, Sarah Gavron, Chloé Zhao and Emerald Fennell earned the most nominations for the 41st London Critics' Circle Film Awards, which will be presented virtually in early February. The UK's leading film critics today announced the...read more