27 Aug '14

News Leonard Kingston obituary

My father, Leonard Kingston, who has died aged 84, was a talented writer, actor and teacher. His play Edgware Road Blues, performed at the Royal Court theatre in London with my father playing the lead, won the Charles Henry Foyle award for the best first play of 1964. In 1965, retitled Travelling Light, it had a successful run at the Prince of Wales theatre, London, with a cast including Harry H Corbett, Michael Crawford and Julia Foster, and in 1967 was filmed for ITV Summer Playhouse.Leonard continued acting in theatre and television and wrote several series for BBC schools television. These included Joe and the Sheep Rustlers (1973) and the award-winning Sky Hunter (1978) for the Look and Read series. In his scripting of plays for teenagers, he managed to portray difficult issues sensitively, but with a raw realism. For the BBC in 1985, he co-wrote with Robin Glendinning A Night of the Campaign. Continue reading...

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