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‘Looooonddddooooonn!! ❤ ?’ Phoebe’s back with Fleabag

03 May, 2019 — By The Xtra Diary

Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Picture: Jason Hetherington

BY the time you read this, Diary imagines it will be long sold out.

But we hope, by informing you of its existence, we may be able to blag a press ticket for one of our team who simply loves all things Fleabag.

We are, of course, referring to the fact that the smash-hit BBC TV series returns for an oh-so brief moment to its stage roots.

Its creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge first took Fleabag to the stage as an Edinburgh Fringe preview show at the Soho Theatre in 2013: it went rather well.

The reviews from the festival were pretty decent, to say the least, and it won the Fringe First Award, which is tantamount to be handing a pilot series on BBC3.

Phoebe brought it back to its spiritual home of the Soho theatre that autumn, and as the bums on seats fell off them with mirth, she went on to tour the UK (2015 and 2018), South Korea (2014) and Australia (2018) and then went back to Edinburgh in 2017.

Yesterday (Thursday) it was announced that Wyndham’s Theatre would have Fleabag for a four-week run in August and September for the last ever time.

Tickets went on sale at 3pm and will surely be hotter than Andrew Scott’s hot priest in the TV series.

Expect long stares into the circle, the quirky mascara-stained face-pulling during extended monologues, and plenty of handwringing self-deprecation as Fleabag – that emotionally unfiltered, oversexed, relationship straining, Guinea Pig café managing, foul-mouthed heroine – goes through the emotional wringer live on stage. Phoebe reacted to the announcement by simply sending a quote that reads: “Looooonddddooooonn!! ❤ ?”

Her co-conspirators, the Soho Theatre and Annapurna Theatre, who have helped produce the new show, were full of the luvvie-gush you’d expect, adding: “It’s a privilege to have contributed to the journey of Fleabag with Phoebe thus far and we couldn’t be more pleased the show is returning home to London alongside DryWrite for a West End run.”

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