THE Olivier Award for best director has been renamed the Sir Peter Hall Award after he was left out of the tribute segment during Sunday’s ceremony.
The Society of London Theater (SOLT) said it “apologizes unreservedly for this serious error,” adding that Hall “was a giant of British theater.”
It is now reviewing the process by which people are included in the In Memoriam section for future ceremonies.
SOLT has also updated its In Memoriam video to include Hall.
The founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company and former National Theater director died in September, aged 86.
The SOLT said the omission was accidental and that Hall is “sorely missed in the industry.”
In a statement, they said, “In recognition of Sir Peter’s phenomenal contribution to British theater over many decades, and in close consultation with the Hall family, SOLT has taken the decision to rename the Olivier Award for best director the Sir Peter Hall Award for best director from next year’s ceremony and in perpetuity thereafter.”
SOLT has also added dancer and choreographer Scott Ambler, who died last month, to the In Memoriam video after he was also omitted.
Olivier-winning choreographer Matthew Bourne had said the original omission of Hall was “unforgivable,” while actor Christopher Biggins called it “disgraceful.”
Bourne and others also expressed regret that Ambler was not initially included.
The In Memoriam segment came midway through the ceremony, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London and subsequently broadcast on ITV.
Film actor Roger Moore, U.S. pop star David Cassidy and RSC co-founder John Barton were among those whose names and faces were projected on a screen.
Yet there was no mention on the night of Sir Peter Hall — a man the SOLT called “a peerless British director and theater impresario” when he died last year.
“@OlivierAwards Could you please explain why Peter Hall was not included in the list of people we have lost this year?,” wrote his daughter Emma.