Exclusive opportunity for alumni to attend Photograph 51 charity performance

The Michael Grandage Company and King’s will be joining forces to put on a special charity performance of Photograph 51 on 19 November. The price of each ticket forms a donation which will support the charitable work of both organisations – the Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital as part of the World questions|King’s answers campaign, and Michael Grandage Company’s education work through its charity MGCfutures.

To book your ticket to this exclusive event today, please follow this link. You do not need to enter a promotional code, just select the 19 November date, where you can select seats at different levels of the theatre. If you experience any problems, please contact the booking helpline on 0844 4825138.

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman, who plays King’s alumna Rosalind Franklin in the new play, recently visited King’s Archives with other members of the cast and crew. 

As part of the research into the life and work of Franklin, they spent an afternoon viewing historical artefacts and papers relating to the DNA research that took place at King’s in the 1950s.

They were shown objects crucial to the discovery of DNA including the Philips micro camera used by Rosalind Franklin and Raymond Gosling to take Photograph 51, letters written between Maurice Wilkins, Francis Crick and Jim Watson, and the original slide of Photograph 51 itself.

The Archives team, led by Geoff Browell, was on hand to answer questions from the cast and company, assisted by Professor Brian Sutton, Randall Division of Cell & Molecular Biophysics. The company also had the chance to follow in the footsteps of Franklin, Wilkins and Gosling by exploring the old labs underneath the Strand Quad, accompanied by Bill Luckhurst of the Physics Department.

Geoff Browell, Head of Archives Services, said: ‘We were delighted to welcome the cast and crew of Photograph 51 to the Archives at King’s. Hopefully their visit helped to answer some of their questions and gave them a first-hand insight into the work that was undertaken here at King’s in the 1950s.’

Anna Ziegler’s play tells the story of Rosalind Franklin and the race to unlock the secret of DNA at King’s and Cambridge. It is now showing at the Noel Coward Theatre.

Article posted: September, 2015




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