Artistic director of the London Olympic Games Opening Ceremony Danny Boyle reveals details with the Olympic Stadium set to be transformed into the British countryside.
Danny Boyle has announced that the opening scene of the ceremony will be called ‘ Green and Pleasant ‘ and that the show would create a picture of Britain as a nation. A cast of 10,000 volunteers will help recreate country scenes, against a backdrop featuring farmyard animals and landmarks like Glastonbury Tor among other things : a menagerie of 30 sheep, 12 horses, 10 chickens, 10 ducks, 3 cows, 2 goats, 9 geese and 3 sheepdogs. Over one billion people worldwide are expected to watch the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in London.
Opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games 2012
Artistic director Danny Boyle was inspired by The Tempest and would be about a land recovering from its industrial heritage. The europe’s largest bell, which was produced by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry and is inscribed with a quote from The Tempest’s Caliban: “Be not afeard, the isle is full of noises”, has been installed in the Stadium a few days ago. It might not be the noisiest thing in the stadium tough – there will be a million-watt sound system in place. And the all fans should be very loud too – a full eighty thousand of them will watch a full dress rehearsal before the day itself. Around 23 thousand costumes are being created for the event and nearly three thousand props will be used.