The Oscar winner, who turned her back on acting in the 1990s to become a politician, won critical acclaim for her role in the revamped Shakespeare play - her first stage appearance in 25 years.

And, after picking her latest award on Tuesday (31Jan17), the 80-year-old is now hoping to return to the theatre for an original project.

"I would hope someone would write a good play and I would want to do it," she told the BBC at the awards ceremony.

Glenda admitted it was a "privilege" to play King Lear at the Old Vic, adding, "One of the really good things about the run is that so many young people came to see it. That was very exciting."

Other big winners at the Critics' Circle Theatre Awards, held at London's Prince of Wales Theatre, included box office hit Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, which took home three prizes, including a Most Promising Newcomer for Anthony Boyle and Best Direction for John Tiffany; Stephen Dillane, who picked up the Best Actor prize for Faith Healer, and Billie Piper, who claimed the night's Best Actress honour for her role in Federico Garcia Lorca's Yerma.

Meanwhile, Groundhog Day was named Best Musical, The Flick took home Best New Play, and Charlene James was awarded the Most Promising Playwright title for Cuttin' It, her drama about female genital mutilation.