‘Dallas’ star Patrick Duffy who played the role of Bobby Ewing in TV series to take to the stage of Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

Patrick Duffy, who played the iconic role of Bobby Ewing in the 1980s drama series “Dallas”, is to take to the stage of the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, next month.

He is playing the role of Andrew Makepeace Ladd III (Patrick Duffy) next to his real life partner Linda Purl who as Melissa Gardner invites him to her birthday party.

A R Gurney’s “Love Letters”, which is being staged from Thursday to Saturday, June 9 to 11, debuted in 1988 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Celebrated American productions of this Broadway classic have seen huge star names such as Kathleen Turner, Christopher Walken, Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal take on the piece.

A celebrated actor who discovered his talent as a young teenager, Duffy has captivated audiences for 44 years as a familiar face on some of television’s most beloved series.

He was an original cast member “Dallas” starring in all 14 seasons and the series was nominated for numerous Emmy and Golden Globe Awards and won the People’s Choice Award for Favourite TV Dramatic Program for three consecutive years from 1980-1982 and again in 1987.

Duffy is the voiceover narrator of the avant-garde 2016 feature film “Hotel Dallas” which riffs on the series “Dallas”, and which was shot in Romania at the Hotel Dallas-a life-size replica of Southfork. The film is currently appearing at various film festivals in the US and abroad.

Born in Connecticut, Purl grew up in Japan, becoming the only foreigner to have trained at the Toho Geino Academy.

Her studies continued at Neighbourhood Playhouse and Lee Strasberg Institute. She was founding director of the California International Theatre Festival and currently tours with “The Year of Magical Thinking” as well as her solo concerts “Midnight Caravan”.

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