Sister Act starring Whoopi Goldberg has been postponed until 2021 because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
This is the first major show scheduled to open this year that has been moved to 2021.
The musical, also starring Jennifer Saunders, was due to begin a London run starring Goldberg in July at the Eventim Apollo, but it will now be staged next year on exactly the same dates.
It will run from July 20, 2021, until August 29, with a press night on July 27.
Producer Jamie Wilson said: “Due to Covid-19, we have made the very difficult decision to reschedule our London run of Sister Act to 2021. By rescheduling the production exactly 12 months later to the same performance dates, meaning ticket holders keeping their same seats, we believe we have made the best decision open to us.
"I would like to thank the team at the Eventim Apollo, Whoopi, Jennifer and everyone involved with the show who have reworked their schedules to make this move possible. We can’t wait to open the convent next year and share this incredibly celebratory musical with you all.”
Ticket holders do not need to do anything, as their tickets will be valid for equivalent performances in 2021.
A tour of the musical was also due to open at Curve in Leicester this month, and details of new dates will be announced soon, alongside casting.
Sister Act is directed by Bill Buckhurst, with choreography by Alistair David, set and costume design by Morgan Large, lighting design by Tim Mitchell, sound design by Tom Marshall and musical supervision by Stephen Brooker. Casting is by Stuart Burt.
The show has music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, book by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner, with additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane.
It is produced by Jamie Wilson and Whoopi Goldberg. Tom Leonardis, head of Goldberg’s production company, is also on the producing team.