Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Amazon are turning the fan-favorite series Fleabag into a theater production and streaming the performance to raise money for charities focused on coronavirus relief. Fleabag was originally a one-woman show, before being turned into a series for Amazon Prime.
“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 to all our partners and to the creative team who have waived their royalties from this production to raise money for such vital causes in this unbelievably challenging situation. All money raised will support the people throughout our society who are fighting for us on the frontlines and those financially devastated by the crisis, including those in the theatre community.”
How and When to Watch
The stage version of the show will be available in the UK and Ireland this week, on Soho Theater’s On Demand streaming service. For the rest of the UK and the US, the show will be available as a 48 hour rental on Amazon for two weeks, beginning Friday, April 10. The 48 hour rental will cost $5.
Proceeds from the downloads will be split between charities, including The National Emergencies Trust, NHS Charities Together and Acting for Others, as well as the Fleabag Support Fund which was created to provide grants to theater workers affected by coronavirus. Other US-based charities will be announced soon.
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