London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony

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Sheep, Maypole dancing, a troupe of NHS nurses? With Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle at the helm of a creative team that also includes filmmaker Stephen Daldry, the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony was always likely to be both pop-culturally impressive and pleasingly off-the-wall but we admit to being surprised when details of the July 27 ceremony were announced. Along with picnicking families and a village cricket team, livestock – including ten chickens, ten ducks, nine geese, 30 sheep, three cows and two goats – looks set to play a role in Boyle's pastoral vision for the ceremony, which also features real grass, rivers, an oak tree, a model of Glastonbury Tor and giant maypoles topped with a thistle, a leek, a rose and flax. Huge 'clouds' will be suspended above the stadium, one of which will supply rain should the weather fail to deliver a bona fide British atmosphere. Against this backdrop of a giant, surreal, village fête, the action begins with the ringing of a 27-tonne bell (Europe's largest, cast at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, which has been inscribed with a quote from Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' – 'Be not afeard, the isle is full of noises'). Exactly what will unfold during the three-hour ceremony, titled 'Isle of Wonder', is being kept under wraps but we know that things will get livelier – there will be two mosh pits, representing Glastonbury Festival and the Last Night of the Proms, allowing members of the public to get close to the musical action (details of ticket allocation for the mosh pits are to be announced). The 'hour of culture' will be followed by the traditional athletes parade and the raising of the Olympic flag, the lighting of the Olympic cauldron and a firework display. The Queen will be in attendance and Paul McCartney has confirmed that he will close the show. For more information about the Opening Ceremony see http://www.timeout.com/london/feature/2818/london-2012-olympics-opening-ceremony

For more details about the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games see www.timeout.com/olympics

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Carlos

Really boring and dissapointing show. I expected it to be outstandind, but those collection of prerecorded videos seemed more appropiate to the Eurovision song contest than for the olympics... And the way the pushed the athletes to literary run over the stadium, and finish their parade as soon as possible was the lest olympic detail in an opening ceremony ever. I felt sorry for the UK.

athlete

perfect. all 'GB Team' people lived it. if you didn't, take up serious sport, then you might understand it

Nick

The ceremony was confusing, boring and lacked imagination. It was like a badly planned school show. How could anyone like it? What does Rowan Atkinson, James Bond, the Queen, McCartney, social media, and hip-hop have to do with the spirit and essence of the Olympic Games? And if the above was an attempt to portray English history it was a huge failure as it had no coherence all together. 27 million pounds for that? I think that humanity has the responsibility to be a bit more serious in such cases and especially in times like these.

Feybear

Witty, confident yet self-deprecating, irreverent yet appreciative, it was a finely-tuned tour d'imagination that came in cheap at £27m. Well done Danny Boyle and all concerned!

Biffa45

I loved it all! It was very British, eccentric and funny, eclectic and inclusive.

mark

Shows how we all differ, i was amazed! as a fan of boyle, i totally got what he was doing, i felt his meaning and deepness, i guess it will be missed by most people who wanted a X factor kind of show.....well done Danny, i know where you are coming from and loved every second.

Mmary

Ughghghg.... Really disjointed. If only the queen had indeed parachuted!

Robert

Dull , i slept in the middle .There was nothing impressive .Was like a bubble, a soap opera .

jim    mairi

Too much boring . The Bejing opening ceremony was poetic . This one was Bollywood.Disappointed

peter

Not impressed. Too much going on. Confusing. I would have preferred a single strong message. Best bit for me was the young Welsh choir at the beginning.

Susie

Don't forget to chat live online or download the app for livenightout.com. Each sport is listed under the event section. It will be fun to watch and talk with everyone from everywhere!!! Sooooo excited!!!!!!!!!!!