TV Movie | TV-PG | | Drama
Sir Ian McKellen gives a tour-de-force performance as Shakespeare's tragic monarch, in this special television adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company production of one of the playwright's most enduring and haunting works.
Sir Ian McKellen has spoken about "all th'addition to a King". He believes that Shakespeare refers to Lear's divine right to rule, thus making his renunciation of the kingdom even more impetuous. He desires to keep his God-given right to rule, but not to put it to any effect.