William Shakespeare's unrelenting King Lear is considered to be one of the playwright's most enduring and haunting works for the stage. The challenge of playing its title role has long fallen to some of the greatest actors of our time. This telecast marks Sir Ian McKellen's return to the Royal Shakespeare Company, that has resulted in a tour-de-force performance as Lear. Co-directed for television by Sir Trevor Nunn and Chris Hunt.Famed theatrical producer Richard Price and directors Trevor Nunn and Chris Hunt teamed with Britain's legendary Royal Shakespeare Company to create this film version of Shakespeare's tragedy King Lear, with the masterful Ian McKellen (Scandal, Richard III) in the title role. The said production toured numerous major cities, including New York, Los Angeles and Melbourne, then traveled to Pinewood Studios in Britain for this filmed version, done on closed sets. It originally aired on television as part of PBS's series Great Performances.