Stage One

Year 2012

London 2012 Opening Ceremony

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2012 Ceremonies Ltd
London, UK

If it moved over the stadium, we flew it. If it emerged from under the stage, we lifted it.

Our cable net system, automation and stage lifts, including the huge cauldron lift ‘Frank’, helped create the magic that kicked off London 2012. The biggest scene change in history saw our giant waterwheel survive the Industrial Revolution while our beam engines pumped and our cable net pulled chimneys from the ground, flew 32 Mary Poppinses, reconfigured the forged Olympic rings and made a bicycling dove soar.

Then came the cauldron.


Artistic Director
Danny Boyle
Technical Director
Piers Shepperd

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