Olivier Awards Ceremony Canceled Due to Coronavirus

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The U.K.'s top theater honors were scheduled to take place Sunday, April 5, at Royal Albert Hall in London.

The Olivier Awards, the U.K.'s top theater honors, is the latest entertainment industry event to be affected by the coronavirus.

The ceremony, due to take place Sunday, April 5, in London, has now been canceled. 

"It's with deep regret that we have to announce the cancellation of the Olivier Awards 2020," organizers announced Tuesday on Twitter. "We're working through plans on how to properly honor and announce this year’s winners, and will release further info soon." 

The news comes the same day that the Royal Albert Hall, the proposed venue for the ceremony, revealed it was closing due to the ongoing pandemic. 

The Society of London Theater, which represents around 50 venues in the capital, and U.K. Theatre, its sister organization overseeing major theaters nationwide, on Monday advised all members to halt operations until further notice. This followed Prime Minister Boris Johnson's press briefing that day urging Brits to avoid non-essential gatherings and issuing a recommendation from the government that theaters should close.

Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge was among the nominees for the Oliviers, landing a best actress nomination for her original Fleabag solo show. 

In the best actor category, James McAvoy scored his fourth nom, for Cyrano de Bergerac, along with Waller-Bridge's Fleabag co-star Andrew Scott for Present Laughter, among others.

The musical & Juliet earned the most mentions, with nine, including for best new musical, actress in a musical, set design and costume design. Trevor Nunn's Fiddler on the Roof revival received eight noms, while the long-awaited West End arrival of Dear Evan Hansen landed seven and Mary Poppins earned six.

On the play side, Death of a Salesman and Rosmersholm both received five noms, with Uncle Vanya, Present Laughter and Cyrano de Bergerac each securing four.

For a full breakdown of the 2020 Olivier Award nominations, click here.