This year’s Olivier Awards with Mastercard, which were due to take place on 5 April 2020 at the Royal Albert Hall, have been cancelled.
A statement explained that following the government’s new advice on social distancing yesterday, and the subsequent closing of many theatres and public venues, the Society of London Theatre no longer felt that it was feasible to host the ceremony that the organisation had planned to deliver.
As the Royal Albert Hall had also announced closure until further notice, the difficult decision had been made that the event would not be going ahead.
The statement continued:
“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.”
New British musical & Juliet, using the pop songs of Swedish hitmaker Max Martin to retell Shakespeare’s classic love story, had nine nominations – including Best New Musical, Best Actress in a Musical, Best Set Design and Best Costume Design.
Trevor Nunn’s revival of the 1964 musical Fiddler On The Roof, which opened at the Menier Chocolate Factory before transferring to the West End last year, was nominated eight times, with a Best Director nod for Nunn, as well as acting nominations for Andy Nyman and Judy Kuhn. There were also seven nominations for new musical Dear Evan Hansen, which opened on Broadway in 2016, and six for the Richard Eyre-directed revival of Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre.
Leading the nominations for plays were the Young Vic’s production of Death of a Salesman, Rosmersholm at the Duke of York’s Theatre and Cyrano De Bergerac at the Playhouse Theatre with five nominations each. Uncle Vanya at the Harold Pinter Theatre, Present Laughter at The Old Vic and Cyrano De Bergerac at the Playhouse Theatre each had four nominations.
This year’s Best New Play nominees included A Very Expensive Poison by Lucy Prebble, based on a book about the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, and Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt, the epic story of a Viennese Jewish family at the start of the 20th century.
In the Best Actor category, Toby Jones was nominated for his performance in Uncle Vanya, James McAvoy for Cyrano De Bergerac (his fourth nomination), Wendell Pierce for his West End debut in Death Of A Salesman, and Andrew Scott for Present Laughter.
In the Best Actress category, Hayley Atwell was nominated for Rosmersholm, Sharon D. Clarke for Death Of A Salesman, and Juliet Stevenson for The Doctor, an Almeida Theatre production. Phoebe Waller-Bridge received her first acting nomination for Fleabag, which was Olivier nominated in 2014 for its run at the Soho Theatre.
Petula Clark, last Olivier-nominated in 1981, received a Best Supporting Actress in a Musical nomination for her role as the Bird Woman in Mary Poppins. She was joined in the musical acting categories by several first-time nominees, including Miriam-Teak Lee for & Juliet, Zizi Strallen for Mary Poppins, Sam Tutty for Dear Evan Hansen and Jac Yarrow for Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
For more a full list of nominations, click here.