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 criticscircleallsections@gmail.com
Hon. Treasurer: Peter Cargin
Trustees: Ian Herbert, Michael Billington, Peter Cargin

News & reviews

Ensemble Marsyas, Wigmore Hall

By Fiona Hook After a year without live music, the listener heads to the Wigmore Hall as the desert traveller to the oasis, and the Edinburgh-based Ensemble Marsyas’s evening of sparkling music from Handel’s Roman period did not disappoint. There was so much to enjoy...

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Award for Young Talent (Voice) to Louise Alder

The Critics’ Circle have issued awards annually for many years now, whether as a whole – with the Rosebowl for Services to the Arts – or from the individual sections, such as Film, Theatre and Dance. The Music Section have focused specifically in their awards on young...

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