Welcome to the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards

The Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards, founded in 1989, are run by Drama Section of The Critics’ Circle, which has existed since 1913 to protect and promote cultural criticism in the UK.

Since the Awards’ inception, the theatre critics, consisting entirely of respected and influential working journalists, have prided themselves on offering something unique on the packed theatre awards circuit. Each member of the Drama Section independently casts their vote based on personal choice, free of any discussion or industry influence, ensuring a highly democratic voting process.

As part of our relaunch following the coronavirus pandemic, the annual Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards ceremony will now take place each year in early April, a week before London’s annual Olivier Awards. As always, our ceremony celebrates the best of the previous calendar year’s theatre. The event is hosted by Drama Section chair Kate Maltby and held at London’s Ham Yard Hotel, in the heart of the West End.

The 31st Critics Circle Awards will take place on Sunday, 3 April 2022 at the Ham Yard Hotel