This year’s Olivier Awards have been cancelled due to the wider shut down amid the UK’s coronavirus outbreak, it has been confirmed.
The Society of London Theatre said the 2020 awards ceremony, which was due to be held on April 5 at the Royal Albert Hall, would no longer be going ahead.
It follows the widespread closure of all major theatre venues in the UK, including London’s Royal Albert Hall.
The Stage understands SOLT is working to find a way to “honour and announce” the 2020 winners in an alternative format and will share more details shortly.
It is not yet known whether this will take place as planned on April 5 or will be postponed.
A statement from SOLT said: “It is with deep regret that we have to announce the cancellation of the Olivier Awards 2020 with Mastercard at the Royal Albert Hall on April 5.
“Following the government’s new advice on social distancing yesterday and the subsequent closing of many theatres and public venues, we no longer feel that it is feasible to host the ceremony that we had planned to deliver.”
Nominations this year include new musical & Juliet, which led the way with nine nominations, fellow musicals including Dear Evan Hansen and Waitress, and plays such as Cyrano de Bergerac and Death of a Salesman.
Actors nominated include James McAvoy, Wendell Pierce, Hayley Atwell, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Sharon D Clarke.