Published Apr 06, 2020If you were upset when you learned that Phoebe Waller-Bridge's hit comedy Fleabag wasn't returning for a third season, you may be happy to know her recent theatre production of the show is getting a home release to help benefit those affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Waller-Bridge brought Fleabag back to the stage late last summer — and now, for a limited time, Soho Theatre and Amazon will be letting us watch her London's Wyndham Theatre 2019 performance, with proceeds from on-demand streams and downloads going to charity.
The new Fleabag Support Fund will help individuals in the U.K. theatre community, providing grants of £2,500 to freelancers who are "in urgent financial need and unable to work as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic."
Additionally, organizers have set up a GoFundMe benefit for those affected. At the time of reporting, the fund has raised a fifth of its £250,000 goal.
The Fleabag production will first be available in the U.K. and Ireland starting on today on Soho Theatre's on-demand streaming site. Starting on Friday (April 10), it will then be available on Soho Theatre's on-demand service in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, as well as on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S. and U.K.
Of the project, Waller-Bridge issued the following statement:
I hope this filmed performance of Fleabag can help raise money while providing a little theatrical entertainment in these isolated times. 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. Thank you in advance to those who donate. Now go get into bed with Fleabag! It's for charity!