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Stage Version of ‘Fleabag’ Streams for 48 Hours, Raises Funds for COVID-19 Charities

Fern Siegel

Fans of Amazon Prime Video’s “Fleabag” get a new look at an old favorite. On Friday, April 10, the stage version of the show, starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, can be rented for 48 hours.

The rental will cost $5 — and all monies raised will be donated to U.S. charities that help fight COVID-19.

“Fleabag” was written as a one-woman play by Waller-Bridge. It was first performed in 2013 at the Edinburgh Festival, before touring various countries. It’s the basis for her hit show, later adapted into a BBC TV series.

The BBC partnered with Amazon Prime in 2016 and “Fleabag” subsequently went on to win multiple Emmys.

The stage version is also streaming today at the SoHo Theatre’s On Demand site in the UK and Ireland. It is directed by Vicky Jones, with stage design by Holly Pigott, lighting by Elliot Griggs and sound design by Isobel Waller-Bridge. It ran off-Broadway in 2019.

Funds will be given to the UK’s National Emergencies Trust (NET), NHS Charities Together, and Acting for Others, as well as the Fleabag Support Fund, which will distribute grants of £2,500 ($3,100) to UK theater industry freelancers affected by the crisis.

Waller-Bridge stated: “I hope this filmed performance of’ Fleabag’ can help raise money while providing a little theatrical entertainment in these isolated times. 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. Thank you in advance to those who donate. Now go get into bed with Fleabag! It’s for charity!”