While many fans still have their fingers crossed for a second season of one of 2016’s biggest TV breakout hits, “Fleabag” will be making a return of sorts next year.
Writer/creator/performer Phoebe Waller-Bridge is bringing to New York the original stage version of the story that became an acclaimed TV series. Reprising her role in the one-woman show that first found audiences at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Waller-Bridge will give performances at the SoHo Playhouse from late February to early April 2019.
As with the original production, Waller-Bridge will play Fleabag, a woman navigating romance, regret, and general misadventures in London. Vicky Jones, who helped develop the stage project, will also return to direct the upcoming New York run.
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The official show description offers this overview of the play: “Fleabag may seem oversexed, emotionally unfiltered and self-obsessed, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. With family and friendships under strain and a guinea pig café struggling to keep afloat, Fleabag suddenly finds herself with nothing to lose.”
Three years after that first live “Fleabag” performance, a six-part TV adaptation debuted on the BBC before heading to Amazon months later. The series was nominated for a trio of BAFTA TV Awards, with Waller-Bridge winning for Best Female Performance in a Comedy Programme.
From there, Waller-Bridge went on to create the BBC America series “Killing Eve,” writing half of the episodes, including the pilot. The series was renewed for a second season before an episode even aired. On the acting side, Waller-Bridge most recently appeared in A.A. Milne biopic “Goodbye Christopher Robin” and nabbed a supporting role as Millenium Falcon co-pilot droid L3-37 in the “Star Wars” anthology film “Solo.”
“Fleabag” Season 1 is currently available to stream on Amazon Prime Video. A second season was previously announced for a 2019 release.