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 lead actors and their performances in key roles; these are the ones that all new interpretations are judged against.
BEST ACTOR (in alphabetical order):
SIMON RUSSELL BEALE (King Lear - 2014)
SIMON RUSSELL BEALE (Iago - 1997)
IAN CHARLESON (Hamlet - 1989)
RALPH FIENNES (Richard III - 2016)
HENRY GOODMAN (Shylock - 1999)
IAN HOLM (King Lear - 1997)
DEREK JACOBI (King Lear - 2010)
RORY KINNEAR (Hamlet - 2010)
IAN McKELLEN (Richard III - 1990)
JONATHAN PRYCE (Shylock - 2015)