“Throbs with a concentrated, combustible vitality… Fleabag keeps all contradictory shards and shades of feeling in play at the same time. That is why it’s so gloriously disruptive.” —New York Times
“Unbelievably rude, astonishingly filthy, and she’s almost certainly going to hell for it.” —Time Out London
“Funny, vibrant, and blunt as a hammerhead.” —New York Magazine
“Never has being a modern woman seemed so painfully funny, brutal, and hopeless all at once.” —Atlantic
“It has the pinpoint observational comedy of great stand-up, the fearless honesty and shamelessness of a raw confessional, and the subtlety to draw you in… both gut-bustingly funny and gut-wrenchingly sad.” —Hollywood Reporter
“Filthily funny… the character is a fascinatingly complex creation.” —Guardian
“Sucker-punch funny… I’ve never seen a play quite like it.” —Scotsman
“A legitimately hilarious show.” —New Yorker
“Filthy, funny, snarky, and touching.” —Telegraph
Celebrate the incredible journey of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s outrageously funny, blazingly original Fleabag, from the fringe theatre hit to international cultural phenomenon, in this special edition—featuring the original playscript, never-before-seen color photos, exclusive content by Phoebe, director Vicky Jones, and key members of the creative team.
In 2013, Fleabag made its debut as a one-woman show in the sixty-seat Big Belly at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe’s Underbelly. It was an immediate hit, going on to enjoy two runs at London’s Soho Theatre, national and international tours, while picking up numerous prizes, including London’s Critics’ Circle Theatre Award, The Stage Edinburgh Award, a Fringe First Award, two West End Theatre Awards, and an Olivier Award nomination.
The 2016 TV adaptation propelled Fleabag and Phoebe to worldwide fame, earning critical acclaim and further accolades including Writers’ Guild, Royal Television Society, and BAFTA Television Awards. A second series, nominated for eleven Emmy Awards, and winning six, including Outstanding Comedy Series, Lead Actress, and Writing followed in 2019, along with a sold-out run of the original play in New York.
This special edition is released alongside Fleabag’s first West End run at Wyndham’s Theatre, London. It is introduced by Deborah Frances-White, stand-up comedian, writer, and host of The Guilty Feminist podcast.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge is an actor, playwright, and screenwriter. Her first play, Fleabag, premiered at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, performed by the author, before transferring to Soho Theatre, London, followed by runs in New York and the West End. It won a Fringe First Award and the London Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright. A television version of Fleabag on Amazon, again starring the author, has become one of the most talked and written about shows of the year, winning several awards, including Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series, Lead Actress, and Writing. Phoebe has also written for TV’s Killing Eve (BBC America, 2018) and Crashing (E4, 2016). She is co-Artistic Director of the acclaimed new writing company DryWrite.