What is it?

This year the British Council has commissioned a series of films using Shakespeare's works as inspiration as part of Shakespeare Lives 2016; an unprecedented global programme celebrating William Shakespeare’s work and his influence on culture, education and society on the 400th anniversary of his death.

BAFTA nominated director Billy Lumby explores ageing and mental health in his modern retelling of King Lear. The film opens as Lear (Phil Davis: Quadrophenia, Poldark, Vera Drake) is admitted to a care home. As his mental state becomes increasingly erratic, reality around him warps. The film culminates in Lear staggering through a storm, or perhaps in fact the dark wasteland of own his mind.

More information

Find out more about the Shakespeare 2016 celebrations on http://www.shakespearelives.org

You will be able to find all current and future Shakespeare Lives videos on the specific playlist on our UK YouTube channel.