The Role of the Critic

Everyone’s a critic these days, or so everyone says. But the professional critics still wield plenty of clout. Their praise is posted outside theatres, their verdicts are debated on social media, their star ratings are sprayed all over posters on the tube. Their approval leads to Oscars and Baftas and Oliviers, while their scorn can close a show or a restaurant, or even lower a share price. They were raving about Fleabag and Stormzy and Sally Rooney long before the public caught up. Critics are as compelling as any other columnists, and far less likely to talk about themselves.

Tim de Lisle, pop critic of The Mail on Sunday and former arts editor of The Times, is joined by Lucy Mangan, TV critic of The Guardian, Gavin Green, former editor of Car, and leading critics from other fields to discuss how it’s done, who does it best, and why it matters.  Once again we are hosted by The Bloomsbury, part of The Doyle Collection, starting with a glass of English sparkling wine courtesy of Ridgeview in the lovely Coral Room.

TIME: 6.30pm to 8.30pm
DATE: Tuesday, 14 May
LOCATION: The Coral Room, The Bloomsbury, 16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN

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