A.C.T. won’t see Cromwell’s ‘Lear’

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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