Olympic opening ceremony details revealed

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Danny Boyle, artistic director of the London 2012 opening and closing ceremonies, has unveiled details of the event. The Olympic stadium will be transformed into the British countryside and feature 12 horses, three cows, two goats, 10 chickens, 10 ducks, nine geese, 70 sheep and three sheep dogs.

Under the theme of Green and Pleasant, the field of play will emulate the British countryside and a set will be complete with meadows, fields and rivers.

3 Mills Studios remains the production base for the London 2012 Ceremonies Team where the prop store is currently looking to complete the production of 12,956 props and staff in the costume department are working hard to produce 23,000 costumes for all four ceremonies, including sewing 24,570 buttons onto the costumes for one of the opening sequences of the opening ceremony.

The opening ceremony will officially begin at 20.12 on July 27 and the worldwide broadcast will begin at 9pm. Titled the Isle of Wonder and inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest, the opening ceremony will feature 15,000 square metres of staging, a flying system that lift 25 tonnes, services and products supplied by 93 different companies, 900 school children and volunteer performers from the NHS.

In the Olympic Stadium the installation will begin shortly for ceremonies lighting which includes 1,100 automated lamps, 1,000 conventional lamps, 500 LED fixtures, and 32 follow spots. This will be accompanied by a million watt sound system using more than 500 speakers and 50 tonnes of associated sound gear.