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: Robert Thicknesse
Vice-President: Alex Leith
Hon. General Secretary: Rick Jones
Hon. Treasurer: Peter Cargin
Trustees: Ian Herbert, Michael Billington, Peter Cargin

News & reviews

Music Awards for 2022

All photos by Elliott Franks The music section convened with many glamorous guests and award winners for our second annual presentation, at the Sky Bar in the Coliseum, on Wednesday September 20th Our first Young Talent award winner... Composer Tom Coult. Here's Tom...

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Derek Malcolm, 1932-2023

“A legend of a film critic, a great friend to many of us: we will never forget your intellectual verve, your affection, your humour and your twinkling eyes.” By Rita Di Santo It is not easy to write about Derek Malcolm, who has sadly died at age 91. He was a friend of...

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