Watch Trevor Nunn's RSC King Lear Adaptation (starring Sir Ian McKellan)
From the Introduction: “King Lear is a masterpiece of literary fiction. Ian McKellen and Trevor Nunn have rendered the play in a masterful fashion. PBS has broadcast the play, and now makes it available here, at Great Performances Online. A masterpiece done in masterful fashion should not be missed.
However, King Lear is long, complicated, and quite strange. It has also been interpreted more broadly and in more diverse ways than any other Shakespeare play. As all great art that can be endlessly appreciated, King Lear can be explored and experienced in many ways, but not all at once. Much as one must view a great cathedral from a particular vantage point, one can only appreciate King Lear from some perspective or point of view—one or many. This Lear section of the Great Performances site provides a great deal of information about King Lear, and offers a variety of points of view. We cordially invite you to watch the film at Great Performances Online. We also invite you to explore the many ways in which the play can be appreciated, and contribute your own thoughts. King Lear may be fiction, but it offers one the richest ways we have for thinking about life.”