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Old Boy, Sir Ian McKellen Visits

Sir Ian McKellen attended Bolton School from 1951-58 and, during his time, was Captain (Head Boy).  Sir Ian has very fond memories of the School where his love for acting was first nurtured.  During his recent visit to the School, he put his name to the boys' drama studio, gave a GCSE Drama masterclass and spoke to the Lit and Deb Society about tolerance and gay rights.  This gallery of photos records his visit. 

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Old Boy, Sir Ian McKellen VisitsOld Boy, Sir Ian McKellen VisitsSir Ian meets the Chairman of Governors, the Headmaster and the Headmistress
Old Boy, Sir Ian McKellen Visits 2Old Boy, Sir Ian McKellen Visits 2Sir Ian is delighted to see his name recorded as Captain, 1957-58
Sir Ian McKellen, Captain 1957-58Sir Ian McKellen, Captain 1957-58Sir Ian McKellen, Captain 1957-58, Bolton School
Sir Ian McKellen, Captain 1957-58 2Sir Ian McKellen, Captain 1957-58 2Sir Ian McKellen, Captain 1957-58, is recorded on the roll of honour board
Inspecting the boardsInspecting the boardsInspecting the boards
Sir Ian views photos of past productionsSir Ian views photos of past productionsSir Ian views photos of past productions
The unveiling ceremony 1The unveiling ceremony 1The unveiling ceremony 1
With Miss LiptrottWith Miss LiptrottWith Miss Liptrott
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Sir Ian Visits the McKellen Theatre StudioSir Ian Visits the McKellen Theatre StudioSir Ian Visits the McKellen Theatre Studio
Miss Liptrott explains the premise of the GCSE lessonMiss Liptrott explains the premise of the GCSE lessonMiss Liptrott explains the premise of the GCSE lesson
The boys perform their sketchesThe boys perform their sketchesThe boys perform their sketches
Sir Ian Feeds BackSir Ian Feeds BackSir Ian Feeds Back
Sir Ian Feeds Back 2Sir Ian Feeds Back 2Sir Ian Feeds Back 2
Antony Cotton, Sir Ian's friend, helps with the feedbackAntony Cotton, Sir Ian's friend, helps with the feedbackAntony Cotton, Sir Ian's friend, helps with the feedback
More FeedbackMore FeedbackMore Feedback
More SketchesMore SketchesMore Sketches
Antony Cotton (Sean Tully in Coronation Street) helps outAntony Cotton (Sean Tully in Coronation Street) helps outAntony Cotton (Sean Tully in Coronation Street) helps out
Sir Ian ReminiscesSir Ian ReminiscesSir Ian Reminisces
Don't Hide Behind the FurnitureDon't Hide Behind the FurnitureDon't Hide Behind the Furniture
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Sir Ian with the GCSE classSir Ian with the GCSE classSir Ian with the GCSE class
Time for a photoshootTime for a photoshootTime for a photoshoot
Happy to sign autographsHappy to sign autographsHappy to sign autographs
Antony CottonAntony CottonAntony Cotton
The Headmaster thanks Sir IanThe Headmaster thanks Sir IanThe Headmaster thanks Sir Ian
Sir Ian with the boysSir Ian with the boysSir Ian with the boys
Sir Ian with the boys 2Sir Ian with the boys 2Sir Ian with the boys 2
Miss Liptrott with Sir Ian and Anthony CottonMiss Liptrott with Sir Ian and Anthony CottonMiss Liptrott with Sir Ian and Anthony Cotton
Sir Ian signs the Studio Theatre wallSir Ian signs the Studio Theatre wallSir Ian signs the Studio Theatre wall
Sir Ian and Antony Cotton walk the corridorSir Ian and Antony Cotton walk the corridorSir Ian and Antony Cotton walk the corridor
Off for a spot of lunchOff for a spot of lunchOff for a spot of lunch