Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Comes to a Close

9 August 2022

Last night we were thrilled to close out the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, with our partners Done+Dusted, with a journey through the musical heritage of the West Midlands. Endless thanks to the amazing team that worked alongside us on both Ceremonies. Hear more on the show here, when Gary and Zoe spoke to the BBC the morning after the night before….https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0cryrnb

Opening Ceremony of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

28 July 2022

We are delighted to have produced and delivered the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham with Done+Dusted with our incredible team. 

And now to Closing on the 8th August! More detail on the Opening here. 

Peaky Blinders: The Rise

14 July 2022

We’re delighted to be working with Immersive Everywhere again. This time placing you in the heart of Peaky Blinders one of the world’s most popular TV series with the immersive experience Peaky Blinders: The Rise

It's Time to Believe in Magic Again

19 May 2022

It’s re opening night in Melbourne! We’re so proud of this return and send our love and luck to all the amazing cast and crew In Melbourne.

Follow @CursedChildAUS for more

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

We’re delighted to be working on this new production, which brings the iconic and much loved Disney film to the stage. Find out more here

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.

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, zoe@gba.live. Venues, Agencies, Brands and Producers, we would love to collaborate and bring our audiences safely back together.

What Next?

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.

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Sunday in the Park with George

5 May 2020

We are looking forward to this one in 2021! Read all about the production here. Photo Credit – Matthew Murphy.


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. 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to premiere in Tokyo, Japan in 2022

13 February 2020

This is the first time Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be opening in Asia! 🌏

Read the full article here

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 richard@gba.live

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!

Cursed Child: The Journey

1 November 2019

This fantastic new book gives some backstage insight into the process behind the show – featuring Gary right here in part three! 

Summer Openings

30 August 2019

Seb and Richard have been leading the charge on our fantastic Summer openings, with our production colloborators Live Entertainment and Kneehigh. See more on The Entertainer here and Kneehigh’s summer programme in Cornwall here. Wishing both sets of cast and crew a fantastic run! 

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

Gary was in Melbourne for Saturday’s opening of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the third amazing stage for this International production. See what the cast thought about opening day here! 

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)

Rehearsals begin down under!

22 October 2018

Last week saw the start of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child rehearsals in Melbourne. Take a peek inside the rehearsal room here!

A new rehearsal space for Broadway!

5 July 2018

Harry Potter und das verwunschene Kind, the first non-English language production, opens in Hamburg, Germany in the spring of 2020.

Read more at harry-potter-theater.de

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.

Read more at www.playbill.com

A new rehearsal space for Broadway!

20 June 2018

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

Zoe joined team Progress Productions for the EPCR finals in Bilbao this weekend producing entertiainment. A fantastic two days of competition and team onsite! See all the action here 

Awards Season on Broadway

1 May 2018

During this week’s Tony announcements, the show received an amazing 10 nominations! Read more here

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!

Christmas Theatre

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.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child London - One Year On...

30 July 2017

It’s been an amazing year for the show since we opened a year ago today, watch the highlights here 

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

We are delighted that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I and II took a record eight awards late last week. Congratulations to all the cast and crew involved! See here for more…

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

Event 100 Club

7 December 2016

We are so pleased that our very own Zoe Snow is featured at #23 in the 2016 #event100club! 

See the full list of our brilliant event colleagues 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!

New Website

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…..