Replacement production is being considered

Creative differences have scuttled A.C.T.’s planned “King Lear” starring James Cromwell. The Shakespeare drama had been announced for the San Francisco theater’s 2005-06 season under artistic director Carey Perloff.

“While James and I have been in discussions on Lear for well over two years, we have only recently realized that our visions for the project have moved in different directions,” Perloff said in a statement. “An artistic endeavor of this magnitude requires complex thinking from the very beginning of the process and, rather than present a compromised collaboration, we felt it best to move on to another project.

“James Cromwell has been a great friend to A.C.T. and a wonderful collaborator with us in the past and, we hope, will be again in our future.”

A replacement production is being considered, with a choice expected to be announced soon.

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