Harold Pinter has been forced to pull out of the lecture given by winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature due to poor health.More from BBC News.
However, the Nobel Foundation said a lecture pre-recorded by Pinter will be shown on a big screen at their Stockholm academy on 7 December.
The British playwright, 75, has been treated for cancer in recent years.
He had already announced publisher Stephen Page will accept the prize on his behalf on 10 December.
"His doctors have forbidden him to travel at this time," the Nobel Foundation said.