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Olivier Awards 2018: Best director award renamed after Peter Hall following in memoriam omission

Peter Hall receiving an award for lifetime contribution to British theatre Peter Hall receiving an award for lifetime contribution to British theatre
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The Olivier award for best director will be renamed to honour the late Peter Hall from next year, organisers have announced.

The move follows this year’s ceremony, in which Hall – who founded the RSC and was a director of the National Theatre – was omitted from the in memoriam tribute.

He died last September aged 86.

The omission was widely criticised, with Hall’s daughter, the producer Emma Hall, tweeting that it was “painful to see”.

The Society of London Theatre subsequently apologised for the error and has now announced that it will be renaming the best director award after Hall.

A statement said: “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.”

It added that the process by which people are included in the in memoriam segment would be reviewed for future ceremonies.

An updated in memoriam video can be seen here.

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