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
Kitchen sunk drama There might come a time when this new Glyndebourne production of Mozart's Magic Flute by the Franco-Canadian team of stage director/choreographer Renaud Doucet, and costume/set designer André Barbe, trading as Barbe and Doucet, will find its feet...read more
Corinna Lotz How far can you go in deconstructing the human face? When does deconstruction become destruction? How minimal can a painting be and still convey a wealth of ideas and emotions? Frances Aviva Blane makes you wrestle with such thoughts. Exploring her large...read more
Dark future Jessica Duchen The last night of the Munich Opera Festival, always July 31st, is the culmination of a month of intense music-making at the Bavarian State Opera. Often the final performance is relayed to a big screen in the square outside the theatre. This...read more
Critics participate at Into Film festival Anna Smith Talking to students is always a rewarding experience, and it feels increasingly important to pass on our advice in an ever-complex marketplace. So I’m pleased to confirm that members of the Film Section will once...read more
Knight capers Christopher Morley The CBSO’s concert-season and Edward Gardner’s tenure as principal guest conductor could not have ended on a more joyous note – a scintillating performance of Verdi’s final opera, which had a packed Symphony Hall setting the rafters...read more