Now as a fitting farewell to her fearless, feckless comic creation, Waller-Bridge will play Fleabag one final time in a West End revival of the original play at the West End's Wyndham Theatre. As it has already been confirmed that there will be no Fleabag season three, this is the end of an era for Waller-Bridge (and all of us Fleabag fans).
The one-hour one-woman show premiered in 2013 and slowly snowballed, gaining cult status with each transfer before attracting the attention of BBC producers. The subsequent six-part series and its equally sharp second season were nothing short of a phenomenon. The stark examination of promiscuity and vulnerability, punctuated by Fleabag's wry asides to camera, have re-written the rules of confessional comedy and cemented Waller-Bridge as one of our most in-demand creatives.
Phoebe Waller Bridge in Fleabag, season 2
So it will be all the more exciting to see her return to this role, in the intimacy of the theatre, six years later. While Fleabag's expanded on-screen persona breaks the forth wall, her stage character addresses the audience directly in a riotous monologue.
Following the escapades of a provocative twenty-something navigating sex, grief and loneliness that will be familiar to those who saw Fleabag season one, the play is inevitably tauter and more intense than the two hours worth of television it inspired. The self-destruction and unflinching comedy unravel Fleabag's own voice, without the dilution of other characters. And the guilt and shame she so frequently attempts to shrug off have a violent immediacy on stage.
Vicky Jones, the other half of DryWrite Theatre company alongside Waller-Bridge, directed and developed Fleabag the play right from the beginning, and will return to helm this final production.
Considering it was written for a cosy fringe theatre, it will interesting to see how Fleabag feels on the far bigger stage of a major West End venue. But this is a character with enough guts to galvanise audiences well beyond the confines of a short play.
As predicted, advanced tickets to Waller-Bridge’s West End swan song sold out moments after they were released, but there are still ways to see the show…
How you can still get tickets to Fleabag on stage…
No less than 50 tickets for each of the 30 performances of Fleabag have been held back to be released in a digital lottery through the TodayTix app. The lottery is being held once a week over the run of the show, with the first on Monday 12 August. These tickets – 1,500 in total – will be sold for just £15 each, with users able to purchase one or two tickets if they get through. The seats are decent, too – many are in the front couple of rows.
Those able to queue in person, meanwhile, can stand in line outside the Wyndham’s box office, where a limited number of £10 day tickets (strictly one per person) are being sold each morning at 10am for the show that evening. Be warned: when shows are as popular as this, punters can be found queuing as early as 6am.
If you don’t manage to get tickets through either lottery, fear not, because you can still see Waller-Bridge play Fleabag on stage. A live broadcast of the production is showing in Picturehouse cinemas on 12 September, via National Theatre Live. You’ll want to book pronto when tickets are released – because this really, really is your last chance to catch the live show.
|What||Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Fleabag, Wyndham's Theatre|
|Where||Wyndham's Theatre, 32 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DA | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Leicester Square (underground)|
20 Aug 19 – 14 Sep 19, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
|Website||Click here to book and for more information|