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When Sir Harry Met Sir Ian

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

On finding himself in London, Harry decided to meet up with his old Bolton School friend from the late '50s, Ian.  Nothing newsworthy about that, until you realise that one gentleman was Sir Harry Kroto, Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry, and the other was Sir Ian McKellen! 

Sir Ian is currently performing in Waiting for Godot at the Theatre Royal Haymarket so an afternoon at the theatre beckoned.  Sir Harry, having recently visited his former school, where he gave a day of workshops aimed at promoting science to young people, thought it would be a good idea to invite some pupils along to the reunion too. 

Hence, twelve excited Sixth Form girls and boys from Bolton School found themselves southbound on the London train.  After watching Sir Ian give a magnificent performance the group went backstage to meet Sir Harry, Sir Ian and the rest of the cast, which included Matthew Kelly, Roger Rees and Ronald Pickup.  A long discussion ensued in the dressing rooms before everyone then went onto the set for photos and autographs!

Many of the students were Ogden Scholars studying A level science subjects, so there was plenty to talk about over dinner when, after the show, Sir Harry took the group out; Sir Ian would have loved to have joined them but his routine demands that he takes a rest before the evening performance.

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Sir Ian McKellen and Bolton School student

Sir Ian and Year 12 student, Megan Bowden

Waiting for Godot Cast

After the show, the students meet Sir Harry, Sir Ian and the cast from Waiting for Godot

Students quiz Sir Harry

Over dinner, the students quiz Sir Harry about his extraordinary life