By Clodagh Meaney
Phoebe Waller-Bridge's theatre play Fleabag is set to be streamed online to raise funds for charities amid the ongoing COVID-19 global health pandemic.
The critically acclaimed filmed theatre production was adapted for BBC television in 2016 following Waller-Bridge's 2013 one-woman show at Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge and directed by Vicky Jones, the one-woman show played to a sold-out house at Wyndham’s Theatre in London’s West End last summer and a sold-out house Off-Broadway in New York last Spring.
The 80-minute production is available on-demand in the UK and Ireland for a limited time on Soho Theatre's website.
Fans will have the option to select from five different donation amounts between £4 - £250 (€4.60 - €283).
The funds raised will be donated to National Emergency Trust, NHS Charities Together, Acting for Others and the Fleabag Support Fund.
From Friday, April 10th, the performance of Fleabag will also be available on Amazon Prime Video. The production will be available for a 48-hour download for £4.00
Speaking about the decision to stream the play during the COVID-19 pandemic the 34-year-old actress said: “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 continued.
"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!" she added.
You can donate directly to the fund here.