Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s FLEABAG Announces One-Week Extension

FLEABAG has announced a one-week extension due to popular demand! Preview performances will also begin one day earlier on Wednesday, February 27.

 Annapurna Theatre is pleased to present the New York debut of the DryWrite and Soho Theatre production of FLEABAG. FLEABAG is written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, making her New York stage debut, and directed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s long-time collaborator Vicky Jones. The play will begin previews on February 27, 2019 with an opening night set for March 7, 2019 at SoHo Playhouse (15 Vandam St.). This is a strictly limited six-week engagement through Sunday, April 14, 2019.

After its sold-out run in London, Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s award-winning comedic play, comes to New York for 5 weeks only. The play that inspired the hit television series, FLEABAG is a rip-roaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of life. 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.

“I can’t wait to bring the original FLEABAG to New York! It’s a dream come true,” said Waller-Bridge. “We couldn’t think of a more perfect home than the SoHo Playhouse, and we wouldn’t be here at all without the awesome team at Annapurna. This is going to be SO MUCH FUN.”

FLEABAG debuted at the Edinburgh Festival in 2013 to rave reviews and won a Fringe First Award. It went on to play the Soho Theatre in London (revived in 2014 + 2016), before touring the UK (2015 + 2018), South Korea (2014) and Australia (2018) and an Edinburgh Festival revival as part of the British Council Edinburgh Showcase (2017), produced by Waller-Bridge’s production company DryWrite and Soho Theatre. The production also won The Stage Best Solo Performer Award, the Off West End Award for Most Promising New Playwright & Best Female Performance and was nominated for an Olivier Award.

FLEABAG was adapted into a BBC Television series in partnership with Amazon Prime in 2016 and earned Phoebe a BAFTA Award for Best Female Comedy Performance. The series was also nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award, Television Critics Association Award and Critics Choice TV Award, among other accolades. The BBC and Amazon renewed the series for a second season, which will premiere in 2019.

Waller-Bridge also created and wrote the BBC America TV series “Killing Eve” starring Sandra Oh, which was nominated for two Emmy Awards and is currently in production for its second season.

 FLEABAG is produced by Annapurna Theatre’s Kevin Emrick and Skye Optican, as well as DryWrite and Soho Theatre.

The creative team for FLEABAG features Holly Pigott (scenic design), Elliot Griggs (lighting design) and Isobel Waller-Bridge (sound design).

TICKETING INFORMATION

Tickets are available now via www.FleabagNYC.com, by calling 212-691-1555 or at SoHo Playhouse Box Office (15 Vandam St., between Varick St. and 6th Ave).

BIOGRAPHIES

PHOEBE WALLER-BRIDGE (Writer/Performer) is a multi-award-winning creative, garnering praise for her work as an actor, writer, creator and showrunner. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Waller-Bridge’s one-woman show Fleabag, which she wrote and performed, earned her an Olivier Award Nomination and a Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright, among other accolades. She also received a Special Commendation from the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize on behalf of the play. Fleabag was adapted into a critically acclaimed television series, and Waller-Bridge earned a BAFTA Television Award for Best Female Performance in a Comedy Program. Waller-Bridge also served as the writer and showrunner of the first season of the celebrated television series Killing Eve, which recently earned her an Emmy award nomination for Outstanding Writing of a Drama Series. Both Fleabag and Killing Eve were renewed for second seasons, which will premiere in 2019. Waller-Bridge will only serve as an Executive Producer on the second season of Killing Eve, due to her Fleabag commitments for season two. Notable television credits include Crashing, which was her screenwriting debut, and Broadchurch. On film, Waller-Bridge appeared as the first female droid in Solo: A Star Wars Story. In addition to Fleabag, Waller-Bridge’s additional theatre credits include: The One (Soho Theatre), Mydidae (Trafalgar Studios), Hay Fever (West End), Tribes (Royal Court), Rope (Almeida), 2nd May 1997 (Bush Theatre, for which she earned an Evening Standard Theater Award Nomination in the category of Best Newcomer), Like a Fishbone (Bush Theatre), Sixty-Six Books (Bush Theatre) and Roaring Trade (Soho Theatre). Waller-Bridge is also co-artistic director of DryWrite Theatre Company.

 VICKY JONES (Director) is co-Founder and co-Artistic Director of DryWrite (with Phoebe Waller-Bridge). With DryWrite, she has commissioned and directed plays from some of the UK’s leading new writing talent, including Joe Penhall, Chloe Moss, Simon Stephens, Terry Johnson, Jack Thorne, Lucy Kirkwood, Ella Hickson, James Graham, Penelope Skinner and Mike Bartlett amongst many others. Vicky trained on the Royal Court/Channel 4 Young Directors scheme, the Gate Theatre Trainee Directors scheme, the National Theatre Studio Directors course and by assisting Katie Mitchell, Terry Johnson, Erica Whyman, Joe Hill-Gibbons and Patrick Marber amongst others. As a writer, Vicky’s first play, THE ONE, won the 2013 Verity Bargate Award (from over 800 entrants). Vicky worked as script editor on the TV version of FLEABAG. Other TV writing credits include “Killing Eve” and the Royal Court/ BBC 4 series of monologues “Snatches.” Vicky is currently the National Theatre’s Playwright in Residence and has an original TV series in development with HBO.

ABOUT ANNAPURNA THEATRE

Annapurna Theatre, launched in late 2017, is the live stage division of Annapurna. No matter the medium, whether television, interactive, film or theatre, Annapurna focuses on creating sophisticated, high quality projects that appeal to a diverse audience. Fleabag is the inaugural production of Annapurna Theatre. The division is also a co-producer of the National Theatre’s Broadway production of Network starring Bryan Cranston and West End productions of Nine Night, The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time and the upcoming productions of Home I’m, Darling and The Lehman Trilogy.

ABOUT DRYWRITE

DryWrite is an award-winning and Olivier nominated new-writing theatre company that challenges writers to work with specific briefs and goals to actively engage audiences. Founded in 2007 DryWrite has since worked with over one hundred playwrights and produced multi-award winning plays ‘The One’ and ‘Touch’ by Vicky Jones and ‘Fleabag’ by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. They have produced original work for theatres including the Soho Theatre, Roundhouse, York Theatre Royal, Hampstead Theatre, Trafalgar Studios and Latitude Festival, and have toured throughout the UK and internationally. They are currently an associate company of Soho Theatre. DryWrite is led by Co-Artistic Directors Vicky Jones and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Producer Francesca Moody and Company Manager Charlotte McBrearty.