Amazon Prime Video has decided to release the video of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s live theatre performance of her show Fleabag for charity.
The proceeds will be given out to various charities including The National Emergencies Trust, Acting For Others, NHS Charities Together, and the new Fleabag Support Fund.
The Fleabag Support Fund was set up support freelancers that are part of UK’s theatre industry to help in dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.
Originally performed in 2019 at London’s Wyndham Theatre, the taping of the show will be available for 48 hours on April 10 on Amazon UK and US for $5. The same taping will also be available on the streaming website of Soho Theatre’s On Demand in UK and Ireland on April 6.
Australia, New Zealand and Canada can enjoy the show on Soho Theatre’s On Demand’s website starting April 10.
The show’s official account took to Twitter to make the announcement:
Waller-Bridge said in her official 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.”
She also went ahead to encourage fans to watch the show for charity by adding:
“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.”
Fleabag has created a popular space for itself ever since its premiere in 2016. The show has had two seasons starring Waller-Bridge as the protagonist along with Andrew Scott, Olivia Colman and Sian Clifford, among others.
If you have never watched the show, here’s the trailer for its first season: