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.
And there's no doubt Waller-Bridge has the star power to make this short West End swan song a total sellout. Book pronto.
Booking for Fleabag at Wyndham's Theatre opens at 3pm on Thursday 2 May. Click here to book.
|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|