Fleabag stage play coming to TV

Tuesday 7th February 2017, 11:41pm

  • The original Fleabag play could be filmed for the BBC
  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge‘s one-woman play debuted in 2013
  • It was adapted as a critically-lauded sitcom last year

Following the critical acclaim of sitcom Fleabag, the original stage play looks set to be recorded for television.

Debuted by writer-star Phoebe Waller-Bridge at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2013, Fleabag is a one-woman monologue play that garnered 5-star ratings and attracted the attention of television executives.

Turned into a 6-part sitcom for BBC Three in 2016, it again proved a critical success, and the corporation is now understood to be interested in bringing a filmed version of the original play to screens.

Industry publication Broadcast reports that the play is “being lined up” for a TV transmission – although this would likely be for BBC Three initially, which is an online-only brand.

They say: “Plans being drawn up are understood to include shooting four versions of the one-woman, hour-long performance, which will then be cut into a single edit.”

After the acclaim of the Two Brothers Pictures-produced TV series late last summer, Waller-Bridge revived the play for a two-week sell-out run at the Soho Theatre in December. The BBC are also said to be keen to commission a second series of the sitcom incarnation of Fleabag, and Waller-Bridge has also made public that she is keen, but is refusing to commit until she finds the right story to tell and “remain true” to the titular, central character.

The first series showed a dysfunctional young woman, Fleabag, living in London, trying to deal with running a failing business, a neurotic family, and to deal with the suicide of her best friend.

The BBC has yet to make any comment on the reports.

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