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Mark Kingston obituary

Actor known for his stage role as Frank in Educating Rita

Mark Kingston, who has died of cancer aged 77, was known as a generous actor who allowed others to shine. In the theatre, he exhibited this best in Willy Russell's Educating Rita, as the university lecturer Frank, who earns extra money by tutoring a brash, earthy Open University student, Rita (played by Julie Walters); as she questions traditional attitudes to learning, Frank begins to reassess them himself. The play was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and first performed in 1980 at the Warehouse, in London, before it transferred to the Piccadilly theatre and won the Society of West End Theatre's award for best comedy.

When Educating Rita was turned into a film, Kingston suffered a frequent irritation for actors – being replaced by a "name" (Michael Caine), while Walters's big-screen career was launched after Russell managed to fight off the

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