Following recent changes in UK Government advice and the closure of many UK theatres, the Olivier Awards 2020 ceremony has now been cancelled.
The annual awards ceremony is a major highlight in the UK theatre calendar and is considered the most prestigious awards ceremony in UK theatre. The gala event had been scheduled to take place at the Royal Albert Hall on 5 April 2020.
Nominees for the 2020 Olivier Awards include Andrew Scott, Wendell Pierce and James McAvoy for Best Actor in a Play and Sharon D Clarke, Juliet Stevenson, Harriet Walter and Phoebe Waller Bridge for Best Actress in a Play. Top nominated productions included & Juliet (9 nominations), Fiddler On The Roof (8 nominations), Dear Evan Hansen (7 nominations) and Mary Poppins (six nominations).
The Society of London Theatre (SOLT) released this statement earlier today:
“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 5 April.
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.
As the Royal Albert Hall has announced closure until further notice, we have taken the difficult decision that the event will not be going ahead.
The Society of London Theatre would like to thank all nominees, shows, producers, theatres, sponsors, suppliers and creatives for their ongoing support.
We are working through plans on how to properly honour and announce this year’s winners, and will release further information soon.
All tickets will be refunded, and the Royal Albert Hall will be in touch with ticketholders, who are asked to be patient during this process.”