West end favourite, Stomp, joined George Michael, Take That and The Spice Girls in musical celebration at the Olympic closing ceremony. The bin bashing stars leapt from their usual stage, the Ambassadors theatre London to drum their sounds at a packed stadium in triumphant celebration of the athletes, adorned in their gold, silver and bronze.
A spectacular show blazed into the night. Hands were in the air at the arrival of The Spice Girls, singing together for the first time since 2007 – an exciting reminder that the forthcoming musical, Viva Forever!, produced by Judy Craymer, will soon have the glamorous girls glittering up the West End just in time for Christmas. Watch this space for news on featured songs…
From Stomp, to The Spice Girls to Shakespeare, the variety of theatricals showed just how much London loves theatre. Renowned British actor Timothy Spallding delivered a monologue atop Big Ben in the guise of Winston Churchill. Eric Idle sang Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, the spirit lifting song on the lips of the audience as they raised their voices in gleeful chorus to the tune which features in the Monty Python musical, Spamalot, now playing at the Harold Pinter theatre, London.
Christopher Wheeldon’s choreography, inspired by the Olympic flame, had world famous ballerina, Darcy Bussell up on her toes leaping alongside Oliver award winner, Edward Watson and other dancers of the Royal Ballet.
The unmistakable vocals of Freddie Mercury rang out from a recording that charged the atmosphere and an electrifying performance by Queen legends, Brian May and Roger Taylor of the famous anthem, We Will Rock You, the smash hit from the Oliver award winning musical was thrilling!
Overseen by former artistic director of the Royal Court theatre, Stephen Daldry, with sensational set design by E.S. Devil, also known for work in theatres including Saddler’s Wells, The Old Vic, The Royal Court and The National, the creative team behind the closing ceremony gave the 2012 games the Olympic ending it deserved.
With the Paralympic games opening ceremony on the horizon there is more entertainment ahead. Lets see what theatrical treats artistic director Jenny Sealy, designer Jon Bausor and the rest of the creative team have in store. Let the show go on, let the games begin!