'Fleabag' stage production to stream on Amazon for charity

Brenda Watkins
April 7, 2020

In a collaboration between National Theatre Live and Amazon Prime Video, the "Fleabag" theatre show will be available to stream in the United Kingdom and Ireland from TODAY at Soho Theatre's on-demand site.

The comedy, which originally previewed at Soho Theatre in 2013 before heading to the Edinburgh Fringe, ran for limited seasons at the Soho Theatre, off-Broadway and at the Wyndham's Theatre in the West End.

The proceeds will support health services and creative freelancers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic through United Kingdom charities The National Emergencies Trust, NHS Charities Together, Acting for Others and the Fleabag Support Fund. It will then be made available in Australia, New Zealand and Canada and placed on Amazon Prime Video (US, UK) from Friday April 10 for two weeks. The 48-hour rental will cost around $5 and proceeds will be given to charities helping to fight the coronavirus.

Waller-Bridge did select revival dates of her stage production following the success of the TV program, and the filmed version was screened in select United Kingdom theaters for a period of time through National Theater Live.

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Gaga confirmed that all proceeds from the benefit will be used to help protect vital healthcare workers. She added: "Instead I prefer that we spend this time focusing on finding solutions".

Other US-based charities will benefit, but they will be announced at a later time.

The show, which was produced by DryWrite, Soho Theatre and Annapurna Theatre and directed by Vicky Jones, was initially a one-woman show by Waller-Bridge before moving to television, via BBC Three and Amazon, before the star took it back to the theater. The "Fleabag" Support Fund will continue to collect donations through its GoFundMe. "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", Waller-Bridge said in a statement. You can choose to donate more if you wish to.

Never one to disappoint, Phoebe Waller-Bridge is getting in on the action. Now go get into bed with Fleabag! The nonprofit has already collected £356,000 thanks to a large donation from Waller-Bridge herself.

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