Olivier Awards Canceled; Plan To Reveal, Honor Winners In Works
This yr’s version of the UK theater world’s Olivier Awards, which had been set for April 5 at Royal Albert Corridor in London, has been canceled. Organizer the Society of London Theatre made the decision Tuesday because the UK authorities ramped up its restrictions within the combat in opposition to coronavirus.
“Following the federal government’s new recommendation on social distancing yesterday, and the following closing of many theatres and public venues, we not really feel that it’s possible to host the ceremony that we had deliberate to ship,” SOLT stated in an announcement at present. It stated all tickets can be refunded.
Organizers stated they’re working by way of plans “on tips on how to correctly honour and announce this yr’s winners, and can launch additional data quickly.”
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This yr’s nominees for the perfect of West Finish theater have been introduced March 3. James McAvoy, Andrew Scott, Wendell Pierce and Toby Jones have been nominated for greatest actor, whereas Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Hayley Atwell, Juliet Stevenson and Sharon D Clarke have been nominated for greatest actress.
The brand new musical & Juliet nabbed 9 nominations, with Trevor Nunn’s Fiddler on the Roof securing eight and Expensive Evan Hansen seven.
On Monday, the Society of London Theatre and U.Ok. Theatre stated their member venues will shut till additional discover, together with the Nationwide Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, the London Palladium, the Previous Vic and the Royal Opera Home. The Olivier’s residence Royal Albert Corridor beforehand introduced it was closing till additional discover.
In a press convention, British Prime Minister Johnson stated individuals within the UK ought to begin working from residence, keep away from non-essential journey and never go to public venues together with theaters and pubs.
Within the U.S., in the meantime, reveals have been shut down till April 13, with the Broadway League, the commerce group representing theater house owners and producers, in discussions about new steerage from the Facilities for Illness Management calling for the eight-week postponement or cancellation of gatherings of 50 or extra individuals. That will double the present closures.
To this point, Broadway’s Tony Awards haven’t moved off the June 7 date for its 74th annual version at Radio Metropolis Music Corridor dwell on CBS. It probably will transfer, although; all Broadway reveals from the 2019-20 season have been to have opened by April 23 for be Tony-eligible.