Eight years ago I compiled four Top Ten lists of my favourite Shakespeare performances - lead & supporting male and lead & supporting female.
Eight years is a long time in theatre-going so to celebrate the greatest playwright ever, here is my updated list of favourite actresses in key supporting roles; these are the ones that all new interpretations are judged against:
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (in alphabetical order):
CLARE HIGGINS (Gertrude - 2010)
HELEN McCRORY (Olivia - 2002)
VANESSA REDGRAVE (Queen Margaret - 2016)
JULIET STEVENSON (Gertrude - 2017)
SOPHIE THOMPSON (Ophelia - 1988)