‘Fleabag’ Live Theater Production Will Stream on Amazon Prime for 2 Weeks

Phoebe Waller-Bridge created the critical darling of a television show Fleabag based on her one-woman show of the same name. Waller-Bridge also played the lead in the BBC/Amazon series, a character who goes by Fleabag. After the wildly popular second season, (thanks in part to the hot priest), Waller-Bridge did a tour of the original theater production of Fleabag. 

Sadly, Waller-Bridge has previously announced that there won’t be a third season of Fleabag. However, smack dab in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, in which many of us are stuck in our homes, Waller-Bridge is generously offering us some fresh Fleabag content. The original Fleabag play is coming to Amazon streaming services–but you can’t put off watching it. The Fleabag stage production will only be streaming for two weeks.

‘Fleabag’ — the theater version — is coming to Amazon streaming services

Judith Light and Phoebe Waller-Bridge speak onstage during the Fleabag “Emmy For Your Consideration” Event in 2017 | Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Amazon Studios

CNN reported this week that Amazon will start streaming Fleabag, the one-woman show starring Waller-Bridge, on April 10, 2020.

“It will be available for two weeks on Amazon for residents of the UK and United States,” the publication continued.

Waller-Bridge wrote in a press statement: “I hope this filmed performance of Fleabag can help raise money while providing a little theatrical entertainment in these isolated times.”

Proceeds from the one-woman show will go to charity

CNN also reported that the reason behind Waller-Bridge’s decision to release the filmed stage production has to do with the coronavirus pandemic. The move is “part of a fundraising effort for multiple charities providing Covid-19 relief,” they wrote. Waller-Bridge’s statement on the matter read:

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.

CNN continued on how specifically Waller-Bridge and Amazon are using the live stage show of Fleabag to support artists.

“Some of the money raised will also go to the Fleabag Support Fund, a newly established charitable arm that will give grants to freelance theater workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic,” they reported.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge on the one-woman show that was ‘Fleabag’ before it became an Emmy-winning television series

Last year, Waller-Bridge answered questions in The Guardian from various industry professionals; actors, writers, etc. The article provides wonderful insight into Waller-Bridge as a performer and creator–as well as the behind-the-scenes information on Fleabag the show.

For example, author Nina Stibbe posed this question: “Fleabag started as a one-woman show. How easy was it to build the characters around her and retain her complexity?”

Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Phoebe Waller-Bridge in 2018 | Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

“It was hard!” Waller-Bridge replied. “So much of Fleabag’s power in the play was her descriptive weaponry.” Waller-Bridge expanded on this thought:

She could sum someone up and decimate them within moments, and it would be the only perspective the audience would ever have on that person. Once they were real people populating the show a new line was drawn.

When writer/producer Russel T. Davies asked the Fleabag creator how she was dealing with success, Waller-Bridge citing that doing the play again was an important part of the journey.

“Putting the show up with the same gang who put it up in Edinburgh in 2013, performing the character that started the whole thing and then ultimately letting her go, was oddly grounding,” Waller-Bridge recalled.