The 2020 Olivier Awards ceremony has been cancelled amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
The Olivier Awards 2020 were due to take place on Sunday, April 5 hosted by Jason Manford at the Royal Albert Hall.
However today (Tuesday, March 17) it was announced that the event would no longer be going ahead.
The Society of London Theatre said in a statement: “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.
“The Royal Albert Hall has announced that it is closed until further notice.”
They added: “We 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 all ticket holders. We appreciate your patience while we reach out to everyone.”
The 2020 Olivier Award nominations were announced earlier this month.
Musicals including & Juliet and Dear Evan Hansen led the way with nine and seven nominations each respectively.