In utterly welcome news, the theatre production of Fleabag is coming to a screen near you to raise money for the thousands of people on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.
Written and performed by the one and only Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the acclaimed one-woman show will stream online on Soho Theatre On Demand for a small fee, which will be donated to a slew of charities and organisations. The production originally ran back in 2013, and then was adapted into the hugely adored telly series. Waller-Bridge revived the play last year for a final string of shows.
Fleabag will first become available to stream in the UK and Ireland on Monday, April 6. But we won’t be able to stream it online in Australia until Friday, April 10. NOTE: It will only be available for two weeks, so get around it ASAP. It’ll also be available in New Zealand and Canada on this date, as well as Amazon Prime Video US and UK. The production will be available for a 48-hour download for £4.00, which is about AUD$8.00. You can choose to donate more if you wish to.
It’s worth noting time zones may come into play here, so if the production doesn’t appear on the website on the stroke of midnight, give it some time.
All proceeds, save for taxes and processing costs, will go to charities including The National Emergencies Trust (NET), NHS Charities Together, Acting For Others, and the recently launched FLEABAG SUPPORT FUND, which will distribute grants to freelancers working in the UK theatre industry affected by the crisis.
Fundraising has already started in the UK and is currently sitting on £356,000, after a donation from Waller-Bridge, American ticketing platform TodayTix, and an anonymous donor.
You can read more about Fleabag for Charity right here.
While we wait for April 10 to roll around, you can watch both seasons of the Emmy Award winning television series on Amazon Prime Video.