Following the accidental omission of UK theater titan Peter Hall from the In Memoriam section of Sunday’s Olivier Awards, event organizer the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) has taken action. Not only have they issued a statement apologizing “unreservedly for this serious error,” they have also taken the decision to rename the Olivier Award for Best Director the Sir Peter Hall Award for Best Director from next year’s ceremony.
SOLT, which came in for some strong criticizm following Hall’s omission, said it had taken the decision “in recognition of Sir Peter’s phenomenal contribution to British theatre over many decades, and in close consultation with the Hall family,” who include actress Rebecca Hall.
SOLT also said that it was “reviewing the process by which people are included in the In Memoriam segment for future ceremonies” and the body has updated the In Memoriam video, which you can view here. Leading industry featured in the video include director former Bond star Roger Moore, U.S. pop star David Cassidy and RSC co-founder John Barton.
As founder of the UK’s prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company and a Director of the National Theatre, Hall was a giant of British theater. His movie credits included Never Talk To Strangers, The Perfect Friday and Three Into Two Won’t Go. Hall died in September 2017, aged 86.
Hip hop sensation Hamilton was the big winner on the night scooping seven prizes including Best New Musical. Catherine Tate hosted the ceremony, which saw other prizes go to Bryan Cranston, Sam Mendes and Doctor Foster’s Bertie Carvel.