Stephen Daldry and Danny Boyle to Helm London 2012 Olympics

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Tony Award-winning director Stephen Daldry and Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle are in charge of the opening ceremonies for the 2012 Olympics in London, according to the U.K. paper The Guardian.
Stephen Daldry
Stephen Daldry Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Boyle's official title is artistic director of the opening ceremony. Daldry "will be in overall creative charge of ceremonies," according to the Guardian. This means Daldry will be involved with the opening and closing ceremonies of both the Olympic and Paralympic Games, serving as a co-executive producer with Hamish Hamilton, who's in charge of the broadcast; Mark Fisher, who will oversee the event's design; and Catherine Ugwu, who will plan the production of the ceremony. The team will have a budget of 40 million pounds for all four ceremonies.

Daldry said in a statement, "Myself and my co-executive producers will ensure there is creative continuity across all four ceremonies, that the public have real engagement and that we continue to attract into the key roles the best talent in the world. I'm delighted to be part of the team."

Boyle added, "It's a completely unique opportunity to contribute to what I'm sure are going to be a fantastic games. I'm really excited to be involved."

Daldry received Tony Awards for his direction of Billy Elliot the Musical and An Inspector Calls, as well as Oscar nominations for directing the films "Billy Elliot," "The Hours" and "The Reader." He has worked frequently with London's Royal Court Theatre (where he directed Caryl Churchill's A Number and Far Away, among many other plays) and with the National Theatre.

Boyle, best-known for his Oscar-winning work on "Slumdog Millionaire" and for directing films like "28 Days Later…" and "Trainspotting," began his career as a theatre director in London, also working with the Royal Court and with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He will make his National Theatre directing debut this year with Frankenstein, and is currently in post-production on the film "127 Hours."

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