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London shows of the Olympic Closing Ceremony

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Britain is one of the world’s strongest forces in music, so the London 2012 Closing Ceremony was always set to be a rousing display of top-notch performance and art. The extinguishing of Thomas Heatherwick’s cauldron was accompanied by an eclectic mix of British music spanning 50 years, flawless choreography and some epic scene changes.

If you couldn’t be there on August 12, there’s plenty of opportunity to experience the thrill of some of the featured performances with a West End show.


Suspended from the London Eye and marching across the vast newspaper wrapped set, percussion and dance troop Stomp hammered the Olympic Games to an exhilarating close.

This multi-awarding show has everything: comedy, dance, theatre and of course, feet-stomping rhythm.

Viva Forever!

Viva Forever!

Image © London 2012

Arriving to the Closing Ceremony in London Black Cabs, the Spice Girls’ colourful and fittingly extravagant performance no doubt provides a taster of things to come in their musical Viva Forever!– opening in December.

Written by Absolutely Fabulous creator Jennifer Saunders, the new musical follows the story of a mother and daughter working their way through a TV reality contest and features 16 of the girl bands’ famous hits. Go on, Say You’ll be There and book your tickets now!

We Will Rock You

Freddie Mercury was responsible for the 1992 Olympic song Barcelona, so it was only fitting that the legendary British frontman made his mark on the London Games as his projected hologram sang Queen hits.

The mega-musical We Will Rock You has been rocking audiences and inspiring standing ovations every night for 11 years. Written by British comic Ben Elton, the show features 32 of Queen’s songs delivered in true Freddie style – loud and proud!

Let it Be

Let it Be - Beatles musical

There were a few dead certs for the Closing Ceremony, and a Beatles inclusion was one example. Who could forget Russell Brand’s psychedelic version of I am a walrus?

For more traditional renditions of Beatles hits, don’t miss Let it Be – a theatrical concert celebrating 50 years of the fab-four.


The Closing Ceremony was treated to Britain’s comedy heritage as well as its musical prowess when Eric Idle took to the stadium to conduct a sing-along rendition of Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.

For more Monty Python inspired pandemonium, it has to be Spamalot– the award-winning musical tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table written by Eric Idle and John de Prez. ‘We eat ham, jam, and spam a lot…’

Chariots of Fire

Chariots of Fire

And lastly, if you’re missing the sporting action there’s Chariots of Fire– perfect theatre this Olympic year. Adapted from the Oscar-winning movie, it tells the inspirational story of Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams in their bid to become the world’s fastest men, on the world’s greatest sporting stage.

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