Having apologised for the “huge oversight” in omitting Royal Shakespeare Society founder Sir Peter Hall from the In Memoriam segment at Sunday night’s 2018 Olivier Awards, the organisers have issued a further statement announcing that the Olivier Award for Best Director will be renamed in the great director’s memory.
The statement reads: “Following the accidental omission of Sir Peter Hall from the In Memoriam section of Sunday’s Olivier Awards, the Society of London Theatre has issued a statement apologising unreservedly for this serious error. Sir Peter, as founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company and a director of the National Theatre, was a giant of British Theatre and is sorely missed in the industry.
“In recognition of Sir Peter’s phenomenal contribution to British theatre 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 is also reviewing the process by which people are included in the In Memoriam segment for future ceremonies.”
An updated In Memoriam video can be viewed below.