Olivier Awards 2018: Organisers apologise after ‘disgraceful’ omission of Peter Hall in memoriam
The Society of London Theatre has apologised for omitting Peter Hall from its in memoriam tribute at this year’s Olivier Awards.
The director, who founded the Royal Shakespeare Company and led the National Theatre, was not included in a photo montage of theatre figures that died in 2017. He died aged 86 in September 2017.
The omission was roundly criticised on social media, including by Hall’s daughter, the producer Emma Hall, who described it as “painful to see”.
.@OlivierAwards @SOLTnews, we appreciate that mistakes happen. But can I urge you to carefully research ‘those we have lost’ segments in future ceremonies? It’s painful to see someone you loved being so casually forgotten by an industry to which he gave so much. #SirPeterHall
— Emma Hall (@emma_sophy) April 9, 2018
Actor Christopher Biggins said not including Hall in the tribute section was “disgraceful”.
A subsequent statement posted by the Olivier Awards’ Twitter account apologised for what it described as an “oversight”.
“We are hugely sorry for leaving Sir Peter Hall out of our In Memoriam during last night’s Olivier Awards with Mastercard 2018,” it said, describing Hall as a “wonderful and inspiring figure within the UK theatre industry”.
“We were honoured to have dimmed the lights for him across London’s West End theatres when he passed away on September 11, 2017 to pay tribute to this remarkable director,” the statement said.
Choreographer Matthew Bourne also criticised the omission of dancer and choreographer Scott Ambler, who died last month and who was a regular collaborator with Bourne’s New Adventures.
He said: “So sad that there was no tribute to Scott Ambler tonight in the In Memoriam section of the Olivier Awards, having been promised there would be.”