At an event in London earlier this week, Boyle helped to unveil the designs for the ceremony. The designs emphasize an idealized pastoral vision of England, with farm animals including chickens and sheep. The title of the ceremony will be "Isles of Wonder," a reference to a line from "The Tempest."
The title is derived from the line "Be not afeard. The isle is full of noises, Sounds and sweet airs that give delight and hurt not," spoken by the character of Caliban. In "The Tempest," Caliban lives on a magical island on which Prospero and his daughter, Miranda, find themselves shipwrecked.
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The Guardian reported that the ceremony will begin with a bucolic scene evoking pastoral Britain, then evolve into something more modern. Boyle has not revealed all of the ceremony's details, and the names of many of the performers remain under wraps. (Some names have been confirmed, such as Paul McCartney.)
The opening ceremony will take place at the new Olympic Stadium and is expected to last approximately three hours.
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