If you didn’t get a chance to see Phoebe-Waller Bridge’s stage version of her hit television series Fleabag, you will now have an opportunity to see it from the comfort of your own home. The theatre production was recorded at the Wyndham’s Theatre during her sell-out West End run last August and first broadcast to cinemas in September 2019.
Waller-Bridge, Soho Theatre, Annapurna Theatre, Drywrite in partnership with National Theater Live in London and Amazon Prime Video have all joined together to make the critically acclaimed stage show available to stream whilst raising funds for several UK-based charities that are fighting the COVID-19 pandemic on the front line.
All proceeds from the event will be distributed to charities on the front line as well as the newly created Fleabag Support Fund, which aims to distribute grants to freelancers working in the theatre industry in the UK. North American organisations that will benefit from the proceeds will be announced in the coming week.
Starting on the 10th April, the taped performance will expand from the UK, Ireland and US to include access on Soho Theatre Demand in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. The stage show will be available for two weeks and for a 48 hour download for around $5.00.
“I hope this filmed performance of Fleabag can help raise money while providing a little theatrical entertainment in these isolated times,” Waller-Bridge said in a statement. “All money raised will support the people throughout our society who are fighting for us on the front lines and those financially devastated by the crisis, including those in the theater community. Thank you in advance to those who donate. Now go get into bed with Fleabag! It’s for charity!”
Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag is a rip-roaring look at a woman who may appear emotionally unfiltered and oversexed—but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. With family and friendships under strain and a guinea pig café struggling to keep afloat, she suddenly finds herself with nothing to lose.
The play was first seen at London’s Soho Theatre before its Edinburgh Festival debut in 2013, later being adapted into a BBC Three Television series in partnership with Amazon Prime Video in 2016 and earning Waller-Bridge a BAFTA Award for Best Female Comedy Performance. The comedy’s off-Broadway premiere at Soho Playhouse concluded on April 14, 2019. The production was nominated for two 2020 Olivier Awards, one for Waller-Bridge for Best Actress and The Noel Coward Award for Best Entertainment or Comedy Play. As previously reported, winners will be announced in the fall.
The wildly popular season two of the series garnered six 2019 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in A Comedy Series for Waller-Bridge.
Watch a sneak preview of the online event in the trailer below