Danny Boyle's London Olympics Ceremony Will Be Inspired by William Shakespeare's The Tempest

By Michael Gioia
January 30, 2012

Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle will base his opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics on William Shakespeare's The Tempest, according to the London Daily Mail.



The ceremony, entitled "Isle of Wonders," is also inspired by the industrial past of Stratford and will include a specially commissioned bell to ring at the start of the London Games. The bell will be inscribed with Caliban’s line from The Tempest: "Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises."

The music for the ceremony is being written by the British band Underworld, who wrote the score for the 2011 National Theatre production of Frankenstein, which was directed by Boyle.

Tony Award winner Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot the Musical, An Inspector Calls) is overseeing the artistic vision for all four ceremonies for the Olympics and Paralympics.

Boyle won the Academy Award for his work on "Slumdog Millionaire." His other film credits include "Trainspotting," "28 Days Later…" and "127 Hours."