London Games Opening ceremony wins 'Beyond Theatre award'

Last Updated: Mon, Nov 26, 2012 12:20 hrs

The London Olympic opening ceremony has been honoured with the Beyond Theatre award at this year's London Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

The Games opening ceremony was the spectacle of the year that projected the very best of British theatrics into the living rooms of one billion people around the world, the Telegraph reports.

It was credited with defining, in a feat that has eluded legions of artists, the essence of contemporary Britain and was met with a chorus of voices demanding director Danny Boyle be granted a knighthood on the spot, the paper added

The vast work, which was so popular the BBC rebroadcast it in full at the request of viewers, was named the 'Isles of Wonder', after a speech in Shakespeare's The Tempest, it said.

Around 15 thousand people volunteered to be a part of the performance, which had cost 27 million pounds and six months to rehearse. They included Daniel Craig and the Queen, who played herself for the first time on film in a pastiche of the James Bond films; and David Beckham, the footballer, it further reported.

The paper further said, it also included ten thousand of ordinary Londoners, playing the roles of peasants, industrial workers, nightclub dancers and NHS nurses.

As well as Boyle, the team included designer Mark Tildesley, writer Frank Cottrell Boyce and Underworld's Rick Smith who oversaw the music, the reported added.

Victoria Pendleton, the Olympic cyclist, presented their prize. James Corden hosted the awards ceremony in the Savoy Hotel in the West End on Sunday evening, where London theatre heavyweights were recognised alongside newer names, it concluded. (ANI)

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