Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Amazon, home to the acclaimed TV series, are making the theater production available for streaming for a limited time as part of a fundraising effort for multiple charities providing Covid-19 relief.
“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.”
“Fleabag,” which began as a one-woman show, has two seasons currently streaming on Amazon. 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 UK theaters for a period of time through National Theater Live.
The stage show is available starting Monday via Soho Theater’s On Demand streaming site in the UK and Ireland. On April 10, it will be available for two weeks on Amazon for residents of the UK and United States.
All proceeds from the 48-hour downloads will be split between charities, including The National Emergencies Trust, NHS Charities Together and Acting for Others.
Fleabag Support Fund, a newly established charitable arm that will give grants to freelance theater workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Other US-based charities will benefit, but they will be announced at a later time.