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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hon. Treasurer: Peter Cargin
Trustees: Ian Herbert, Michael Billington, Peter Cargin
News & reviews
Master of the Dance of Arts – a review of “Calder: The Conquest of Space: The Later Years: 1940-1976”
During the lockdown the second, and final, volume of Jed Perl’s biography of Alexander Calder was published. Not every modern master has been fortunate enough to have had an in depth biography written on them. But if Picasso has Richardson, Calder now has Perl. The...read more
Parasite, The Souvenir and Marriage Story earn two wins apiece, while Joaquin Phoenix and Renée Zellweger take top acting prizes Bong Joon Ho's dark class-war comedy Parasite came out on top at the 40th London Critics' Circle Film Awards, winning Film of the Year at a...read more
The National Dance Awards is delighted to announce that Harlequin Floors is to be the new Headline Sponsor for the twentieth edition of the Awards - #NDA20. In addition to being the awards Headline Sponsor, Harlequin Floors will also sponsor the Best Modern...read more
The National Dance Awards is delighted to announce that Marquee TV is the latest sponsor to join the impressive network of supporters for the twentieth edition of the Awards - #NDA20. Marquee TV will sponsor the Best Independent Company Award, which will now be known...read more
Love thy neighbour Kurt Weill’s 1947 “Broadway opera” contains much fine writing, musically and dramatically. It is not shaped like a verismo opera: its excellent songs do not play the same intently focused role as in Puccini. Yet it shows off Weill’s huge theatrical...read more