Fleabag, this year’s breakout TV anti-heroine, is returning to the theatre where she was first introduced in a warts-and-all one-woman show. The writer and performer Phoebe Waller-Bridge is bringing the porn-addicted, conflicted character back to Soho theatre for a two-week run in December.
Waller-Bridge has won huge acclaim for the TV version of Fleabag, which aired first on BBC3 and then moved to BBC2 this summer. The dark comedy series was described as a “really bleak version of Miranda” and “a gloriously rude update of Bridget Jones”.
Soho theatre hosted the first previews of Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag monologue after a successful sketch night of her earlier work. The comic storytelling show then had its Edinburgh festival premiere in 2013, winning a Fringe First award. The Guardian’s Lyn Gardner wrote that it “makes you both laugh and choke at the same time”. The show then had two sold-out Soho theatre runs, with Waller-Bridge picking up further awards for performing and writing the show.
Earlier this year, Waller-Bridge told Soho theatre’s artistic director, Steve Marmion: “It’s impossible to get anything in front of an audience in this city without selling a limb. Soho theatre gave me my acting [Roaring Trade] and my writing debut: the first collection of short plays I ever wrote was put on here and it felt like a really safe place for Fleabag to try out all her inappropriateness.”