Danny Boyle to lead design of Olympic ceremonies

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games has announced that the opening and closing ceremonies will be curated by filmmakers Danny Boyle, Stephen Daldry and Hamish Hamilton with stage and set designer Mark Fisher, and Catherine Ugwu working as consultant and creative director for ceremonies. 

Oscar-winner Boyle will be artistic director for the opening ceremony and says he is ‘honoured to be invited’ to the post. Locog will choose a separate artistic director for the closing ceremony.

Fisher, who specialises in concert and theatre design and designed for the Beijing 2008 games, will be executive producer of design.

Daldry, also an Oscar-winner, is executive producer of creative and Hamilton, a TV director, is executive producer of broadcast.

Ugwu, who has produced ceremonies for the 15th Asian Games in Doha in 2006 and the XVII Commonwealth Games in Manchester 2002, will be executive producer of production.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson says the team brings together ‘some of the most imaginative people in the world’. He adds, ‘They exemplify some of the greatest attributes we have – creativity, vision and intelligence – which will be critical to ensuring shows that are as stunning as they are uniquely British.’

The production will be developed and rehearsed at 3 Mills Studios in east London where the team will have access to part of the 8ha site.

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