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Fleabag, the original one-woman show that became the basis for Fleabag, the BBC-Amazon series that ran for two critically acclaimed, jumpsuit-packed seasons, is coming to Amazon Prime to raise money for the fight against the coronavirus, Variety reports.
Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge originally performed the show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2013, where it won several awards and led to the 2016 television adaptation. Last spring, she revived it for a five-week U.S. off-Broadway run at the SoHo Playhouse.
The show will be available on Amazon Prime for two weeks starting on Friday, although it’s not yet clear what the cost will be. U.K. viewers can rent it for 48 hours for as little as 4 pounds from the Soho Theatre, although because the proceeds will go to charity, there are options to rent it for up to 250 pounds, and viewers are encouraged to pay as much as they can. The National Emergency Trust will get 35 percent of the money raised; another 35 percent will go to NHS Charities Together; 15 percent will go to Acting for Others, a charity that supports theater workers; and the remaining 15 percent will go to the Fleabag Support Fund, a charity that provides grants to theater freelancers who are unable to work because of the pandemic. In a statement, Phoebe Waller-Bridge urged Fleabag fans to pitch in:
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!