London 2012 Opening Ceremony

12 June 2012, 17:15 | Updated: 12 June 2012, 17:24

The Olympic Stadium will be transformed into British countryside for the opening ceremony at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Artistic director Danny Boyle has revealed his plans for the £27 million show on the 27th of July.

Boyle said: "The opening scene of the July 27 ceremony represents a traditional and idyllic view of the British countryside.

It is a green and pleasant land because it is something we are really proud of."

The stadium in Stratford will feature horses, sheep, goats, ducks, a live game of cricket and even an artificial cloud that will 'rain' if the weather isn't wet enough.

There will also be 'mosh pits' where spectators can get as close as possible to the show, plus a replica of the M25 motorway around the edge of the event.

There will be an audience of 62,000 in the stadium, and an anticipated TV audience of a billion people.

Boyle added: "We are very proud of this initiative.

It is very unique and it is connected with great occasions in Britain."

10,000 volunteers, cast and crew have been rehearsing for the showcase event.