The 42-year-old actor, real name Andrew Watkinson, was due to appear at South Sefton Magistrates' Court in Liverpool tomorrow (December 19).
A court official confirmed to the Press Association that the court had already dealt with the case and that it would be sent to Liverpool Crown Court on April 15, 2013.
Lancel, who has been granted bail, played Frank Foster in Coronation Street from January 2011 until earlier this year.
Merseyside Police have confirmed that Lancel faces five counts of indecent assault on a child under the age of 16, being charged under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
He has maintained his innocence of all charges.
Lancel pulled out of a role in Christmas pantomime Sleeping Beauty while he fights the charges.