Phoebe Waller-Bridge to Stream One-Woman Stage Version of Fleabag to Benefit Coronavirus Charities
If you’ve split your time in self-isolation between rewatching Fleabag and wishing Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the show's creator and star, would show up and perform the series in your living room, you’re definitely going to like this news: She’s making her one-woman stage version of the show available to stream and donating all proceeds to charity.
As fans might already know, the play came first; Waller-Bridge wrote and performed it in 2013 and then adapted it for television with BBC and Amazon Studios. Following its incredible success, she returned to London’s West End to perform the original stage version in 2019, shortly after the release of season 2, then brought it to New York for limited performances.
According to Rolling Stone, the program was recorded during that limited run and broadcast in select cinemas in September 2019, but it wasn’t exactly accessible to far-flung audiences around the world. Now, it’s available to stream for residents in the UK and Ireland through Soho Theatre’s On Demand streaming site, and it’ll open for viewers in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada starting Friday, April 10.
U.S. viewers can watch it starting Friday, too—it’ll be available to purchase for about $5 as a 48-hour download on Amazon Prime Video. It’ll only be posted for two weeks, though, so you might want to make sure to act fast.
All profits will be sent to UK-based charities that are fighting the spread—and the economic effects—of the coronavirus pandemic, including the National Emergencies Trust, the National Health Service Charities Together, and Acting for Others. A portion of the proceeds will also benefit the Fleabag Support Fund, which provides financial aid to theater workers across the UK who currently have no income due to theater shutdowns.
“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. “Thank you in advance to those who donate. Now go get into bed with Fleabag! It’s for charity!”
[h/t Rolling Stone]