The American tour of Robert Bolt's A Man for All Seasons will not open in April 1999 at Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center as previously announced. The postponement was confirmed by Center spokesman Paul Bilyeu. The Julie Harris-Charles Durning tour of The Gin Game will fill the vacancy.
The Jacobi production will reach Washington sometime during the 1999-2000 season, said Bilyeu. The Kennedy Center was intended as the first stop on a national tour eventually leading to Broadway. Bilyeu cited a scheduling conflict involving Jacobi as the reason for the delay.
The drama tells the story of the confrontations between Britain's King Henry VIII and Sir Thomas More over whether the king could divorce his queen and take a new wife because she had not produced a male heir. Their battle resulted in More's execution and the Protestant Reformation coming to England -- but not before they clashed over some of the great questions of God, man, lust and power.
Jacobi will play More, a role that provided a major stage and film vehicle for Paul Scofield in the 1960s.