It's Time to Believe in Magic Again
19 May 2022
Cabaret at the Playhouse Theatre
12 December 2021
It was a pleasure to work on the re-opening of the Playhouse Theatre, now known as the Kit Kat Club, for the 2021 production of Cabaret across project direction and production management. Brilliant to be working with ATG and Charcoal Blue and the whole production team. More on the project here:
Access All Areas
7 October 2021
A lovely article here from Access All Areas, where Gary and Zoe along with Simon from Done + Dusted, our partners in Birmingham Ceremonies, talk all things Opening and Closing Ceremonies for Birmingham 2022
Delighted to announce Birmingham Ceremonies
12 August 2021
Birmingham Ceremonies Ltd is a new joint venture formed by GBA (Gary Beestone Associates) and Done+Dusted to produce and deliver the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The company is thrilled to be based in Birmingham and creating amazing opportunities across the West Midlands; including new jobs, mass casting, supply chain contracts and more as we work to deliver these two exciting productions.
For updates on Ceremonies activities join the Birmingham 2022 social media and visit the website for more details.
Coventry City of Culture Home Sessions
29 July 2021
We worked with the Coventry City of Culture team in July to deliver the Terry Hall Home Sessions, at two beautiful locations in the city centre. See more on the weekend of live music here: https://coventry2021.co.uk/news/local-line-up-announced-for-home-grown-at-terry-hall-presents-home-sessions/
Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 – One Year to Go
28 July 2021
We were delighted to support the Birmingham 2022 team, working closely with Sky Magic and Sodium Films to create a bespoke drone show to mark one year to go to the Opening of the Games. See more here: https://www.birmingham2022.com/news/blog/lighting-up-the-night-sky/
We are now GBA!
25 June 2021
Excited to announce that we have become GBA – Gary Beestone Associates. We are making this change so that we can better represent the incredible team now working with us. As we all get back to creating extraordinary shared experiences, GBA will be seeking to do so in a kinder and more inclusive environment for all and we are very excited to go on that journey with all of you!
1 February 2021
We are delighted to welcome Oli-Bagwell Purefoy back to the team and also Chris Hay as Production Manager across a range of projects. Welcome both!
New musical for 2021 – Bedknobs and Broomsticks
11 December 2020
AA Getaway Drive-in Cinema
29 September 2020
During early September we teamed up again with film specialist agency elevenfiftyfive to deliver two drive in cinema events and brand activations for the AA, in the North and South of England. We loved being back out onsite with our team and suppliers and freelancers old and new – A huge thanks to them all.
Gary Beestone Projects
20 July 2020
We are really excited to launch today, Gary Beestone Projects – Capitalising on our unique experience running large-scale renovations worldwide, on schedule and budget. A new, forward thinking project management company for complex construction schemes. Check out the website http://garybeestoneprojects.com/ and please share far and wide to help us tell the world! Contact Gary or Zoe for more details.
Introducing The Bubble Pods
19 June 2020
A new outdoor seated event concept and an innovative solution to social distancing restrictions…
Introducing the Bubble Pods – A new outdoor seated event concept. Working with Ivan Youlden, we recently gave a sneak preview of The Bubble, which offers an innovative solution to social distancing restrictions. An exciting new concept, with Covid-19 enhancements, it is ideal for brand activations, family events, live music, film, comedy and much more. We have teamed up with leading industry partners to ensure a safe approach and to give confidence to our audiences. We are delighted to be discussing this with some of our clients and also to now share this idea wider.
Get in touch if you would like to know more, email@example.com. Venues, Agencies, Brands and Producers, we would love to collaborate and bring our audiences safely back together.
22 May 2020
What Next for Events & Theatre during sustained social distancing?
Published – 22nd May 2020
What Next for Events & Theatre during sustained social distancing? We know our industry needs urgent government support, but we wanted to talk about what we can do in this interim period. In late April, Gary and Zoe gathered together a diverse group of industry leaders to discuss the current challenges, the next stage of transition and what, if anything, we could collectively do to successfully engage with audiences; and help regenerate the industry whilst these social distancing challenges remain.
Read what was discussed here and a huge thanks to all of our amazing contributors.
23 March 2020
With the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic crisis, we are making our van available free of charge to our friends for the next month. If you know someone in the London area who is isolating and needs support or deliveries or needs some help with a load out or postponement, call Oli on 0203 951 0521 who will be happy to help and arrange the booking. Anything we can do to support each other in these challenging times. Gary and Zoe.
Event Production Awards
31 January 2020
We are thrilled to have been nominated for an Event Production Award for Best Visual Spectacular for the Spurs Stadium Opening back in 2019! A HUGE thanks to our brilliant team and suppliers on this one we loved working on it. See the full shortlist here.
We are hiring!
10 January 2020
We are looking for a full time Production Manager to join Gary, Zoe and the team to work on some upcoming and really exciting projects across events and theatre. We are looking for a brilliant PM who is looking for a permanent role, who would work well within and want to grow with our lovely London based team. Experience in theatrical productions is essential as is knowledge of events. All cv’s and interest to firstname.lastname@example.org
Cursed Child Opens on the West Coast
1 December 2019
As the incredible International journey continues, we are thrilled that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is now open in San Francisco. We are so proud to be part of this production
Secret Cinema, Casino Royale Shanghai
23 November 2019
We were delighted to provide project and production management to Secret Cinema’s first ever International production in Shanghai. Zoe led the team in China and the show opened on the 23rd November 2019. Read more here Photo Credit: Secret Cinema 2019
Cursed Child: The Journey
7 November 2019
Gary in Hamburg here with the Mehr Project Team and theatre designer Brett Banakis at the new theatre he has been working on for the last 18 months!
30 August 2019
Gary Beestone Events & Theatre U.S Launch
26 June 2019
We are thrilled to welcome Andrew and Ben to the team as we expand our events and theatrical work in the U.S with Gary Beestone Inc. Find out more about our newest team members in our New York office here
World Taekwondo Championships in Manchester - Opening and Closing Ceremonies
20 May 2019
We were delighted to deliver the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for Taekwondo GB this week for the World Champinships. Featuring amazing local talent, a huge thank you to all our cast, crew and suppliers onsite!
Tottenham Hotspur Opening Ceremony
4 April 2019
Last night we were thrilled to produce the Opening Ceremony for Spurs stunning new home on White Hart Lane. With performances from the Tottenham Hotspur Marching Band, Lanya Matthews, Wynne Evans and Gladesmore School and a finale which saw us light up the skies above the stadium, it was an incredible evening. A huge thank you to all our crew, cast and suppliers onsite. Watch the day’s highlights here
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opens Down Under!
25 February 2019
London’s First Borough of Culture
18 February 2019
Last Friday, we took to the streets of Bellingham, working with Phoenix Community Housing, GLYPT and Emergency Exit Arts, to deliver a community parade and opening celebration for the new arts venue, The Fellowship. A massive thanks to all our suppliers onsite, it was a lovely evening to be a part of! We wish this amazing new venture huge success.
Gary talks about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in Melbourne
12 December 2018
Ally Pally opens it's doors to the new Theatre and East Court
1 December 2018
Saturday 1st December saw the opening day of the stunning new Theatre and East Court at Ally Pally. We have loved working with the brilliant team here on this project and delighted to be part of it. Congratulations to all (Photo Credit: Lloyd Winters)
A new rehearsal space for Broadway!
5 July 2018
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is coming to San Francisco!
28 June 2018
With record-breaking productions currently running in London and New York as well as an Australian production set to premiere in Melbourne in early 2019, the San Francisco production will mark the fourth engagement of the smash hit play, as well as its West Coast premiere in North America.
We are recruiting!
12 June 2018
We have an exciting opportunity for a full time production manager to work across our events and theatre portfolio.
Full details and how to apply here (applications are now closed)
Harry Potter Wins 6 Awards at the Tony's!
11 June 2018
Last night, at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child won a fantastic 6 awards at the 2018 Tony’s! Huge congrats to all the creatives, cast and crew!
EPCR Finals in Bilbao
14 May 2018
Cursed Child now open on Broadway!
23 April 2018
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is now open on Broadway and the extraordinary reviews are in.
Gary: International Technical Director.
Commonwealth Games Handover Ceremony
18 April 2018
Last week saw Zoe up in Birmingham supporting Progress Productions on the Birmingham 2022 handover ceremony. Live from Victoria Square, Progress covered the performance of Mr Blue Sky in one amazing and continuous shot.
Click here to watch the BBC broadcast
The Lyric Theatre's Cursed Child Renovation
10 April 2018
The Lyric Theatre, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’s home on Broadway, has been on its own incredible journey. Gary led this as Project Director.
Renovated Lyric Theatre Broadway Revealed
16 March 2018
As part of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opening on Broadway, Gary has been over in New York with the show and also managing the full renovation of the Lyric Theatre.
Click here to see more on the show’s beautiful new home
PUMA FUTURE VAULT for Urban Nerds Collective
1 February 2018
This week we loved delivering PUMA FUTURE VAULT with UNC. An immersive product launch at a secret London location, over 30 suppliers helped us deliver this event with Nerds, a brilliant youth culture marketing agency. Thanks to the amazing team involved.
Wishing all our clients, suppliers and collaborators a fantastic Christmas and New Year – see you in 2018!
What a Year!
21 December 2017
It’s been a fantastic year. We started in Hull with ‘a bang’ and then opened a diverse range of new shows in the West End througout the year. Gary moved to New York to head up the refurbishment of the Lyric on Broadway for Harry Potter’s new U.S home and we worked with the incredible ‘Super Humans’ on the World Para Athletics in the Summer. A trip to Ashgabat, some fantastic events with Immersive Cult, Synergy and Slice and now it’s Christmas and we are preparing for some exciting 2018 openings.
Wishing all our clients, suppliers and collaborators a fantastic Christmas and New Year – see you in 2018!
13 December 2017
We were delighted to support QDOS again this year, opening the Palladium production of Dick Whittington and loving working with Tall Stories on Wild Creatures which also opens at the Vaudeville this week. Good luck to all the amazing cast and crew!
A Busy Winter....
8 November 2017
We’ve been busy on a range of creative events and productions recently; Seb is getting Tall Stories ready for the Vaudeville, Zoe has been working down at the Royal Albert Hall and Abbey Road and also with Immersive Cult on some spectacular parties and Gary is busy at the Lyric on Broadway and all things Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. An ongoing thanks to our all brilliantly diverse and wonderful clients and suppliers!
AIMAG Ashgabat 2017
2 October 2017
We were delighted to work again with Progress Productions on the 5th Asian and Indoor Martial Arts Games throughout September, managing and delivering Victory Ceremonies. A huge thanks to our team who joined us onsite.
World Para Athletics 2017
28 July 2017
We had a fantastic time working with Donaldson Creative and Loudsound in the Queen Elizabeth Park throughout July, working on the World Para Athletics. The medal plaza and stage within the Hero Village provided a fitting backdrop for the presentation of over 600 medals to incredible athletes. We were proud to be involved.
Radio One Big Weekend Hull
9 June 2017
Last week saw us back up in Hull with the City of Culture team, working on the logistics operation around this brilliant two day free festival. The stats, facts and figures here….
Harry Potter's first year at the Palace Theatre
22 May 2017
Last night we said an amazing thank you and au revoir to our brilliant first cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at London’s Palace Theatre. We can’t believe it’s been a year already!
Harry Potter wins big at the What's on Stage Awards 2017
23 February 2017
Hull 2017 - In With a Bang
3 January 2017
We have just had a fantastic few days with the team in Hull as part of the opening day of Hull 2017 – City of Culture. Some brilliant images from ‘In With a Bang’ which we were delighted to project manage, here…
Panto comes home to the Palladium
28 November 2016
Working with QDOS productions, we are delighted to be working on the first panto at the London Palladium in over 30 years! Just a few weeks until curtain up…
Hull UK City of Culture 2017
23 September 2016
After a busy Summer working on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and British House out in Rio with innovision, we are delighted to be looking ahead to next year and working on the opening event for Hull, UK City of Culture 2017. This event, at 20:17 on New Year’s Day, promises to be a fireworks spectacular!
23 June 2016
We are delighted to be launching our new website and sharing some of our recent and upcoming projects. More to come here on two exciting projects launching in both 2016 and 2017…..