Edinburgh Comedy Nominees 2019
A veritable smorgasbord of comedy nominees (and the winner) for you to tuck into.
PRESS RELEASE: Thursday 18 July 2019
DRYWRITE, SOHO THEATRE AND ANNAPURNA THEATRE PRESENT
Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Directed by Vicky Jones
● THREE BRAND NEW WAYS TO SEE FLEABAG IN THE WEST END
– FLEABAG WILL BE BROADCAST LIVE TO CINEMAS AROUND THE UK AND INTERNATIONALLY ON 12TH SEPTEMBER WITH NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE
– ONLINE LOTTERY: 50 SEATS AT £15 WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR EVERY PERFORMANCE VIA TODAYTIX
– A LIMITED NUMBER OF £10 STANDING TICKETS ARE SET TO BE AVAILABLE FROM THE WYNDHAM’S THEATRE BOX OFFICE ON THE DAY OF EACH PERFORMANCE
● PHOEBE WALLER-BRIDGE’S MULTI AWARD-WINNING PRODUCTION FLEABAG RUNS AT WYNDHAM’S THEATRE FOR A STRICTLY LIMITED SEASON FROM 20 AUGUST – 14 SEPTEMBER
DryWrite, Soho Theatre and Annapurna Theatre have today announced three brand new ways to see the critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning FLEABAG in the West End this summer. There will be a live cinema broadcast of the production on 12th September, an online lottery for £15 tickets to every performance of the show and £10 standing tickets which are to be made available at box office daily. The production runs at Wyndham’s Theatre from 20th August – 14th September.
FLEABAG will be broadcast live to venues around the UK and internationally on 12th September at 7.30pm with National Theatre Live. For more information on where to watch and how to buy tickets, audiences are advised to check with their venue or the NT live website.
A digital lottery will be available through the TodayTix app. A total of 50 tickets for each of the 30 performances (1,500 in total) will be available for £15. The FLEABAG lottery will be held weekly during the season, with the first one opening on Monday 12 August and closing on Wednesday 14 August, enabling users to apply for multiple performances at the same time. To enter the lottery, users must download the free TodayTix app, and register. All TodayTix users will be notified when the lottery opens and winners will have the choice to purchase either one or two tickets. Seats allocated for the lottery will include prime positions in the front row. Please see the ‘Listings’ section below for the full lottery schedule.
There will also be a limited number of £10 tickets will be available to purchase each morning in person from 10am at the Wyndham’s Box Office. Each person will be permitted to purchase one ticket each and are subject to availability.
The critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning FLEABAG will play the West End for a strictly limited four week run this summer. Written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge and directed by Vicky Jones, the one-woman show recently played to a sold-out house Off-Broadway in New York, and premiered its second season on BBC Three to universal acclaim. The homecoming run will be the last time Waller-Bridge will perform the piece. The play will begin previews on 20 August 2019 with an opening night on Wednesday 28th August 7:30pm at Wyndham’s Theatre.
FLEABAG was originally produced by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Vicky Jones and producer Francesca Moody’s company DryWrite. It previewed at Soho Theatre before its Edinburgh Festival debut in 2013, winning rave reviews and a Fringe First Award. It returned to play the Soho Theatre in London that autumn and was revived by DryWrite and Soho Theatre in 2014 and 2016, as well as touring the UK (2015 and 2018), South Korea (2014) and Australia (2018) and an Edinburgh Festival revival as part of the British Council Edinburgh Showcase (2017). The production also won The Stage Best Solo Performer Award, the Off-West End Award for Most Promising New Playwright and Best Female Performance, and was nominated for an Olivier Award and an Evening Standard Award. In 2019, Annapurna Theatre produced the New York Off-Broadway premiere, co-produced by DryWrite and Soho Theatre. The extended, sold-out New York run earned Waller-Bridge a Drama League Award nomination for Distinguished Performance, a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Solo Show, and a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance.
FLEABAG was adapted into a BBC Three Television series in partnership with Amazon Prime Video 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 premiered on BBC Three and Amazon Prime Video earlier this year. Waller-Bridge also created and wrote the first season of the celebrated BBC America television series “Killing Eve,” which was nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe and 15 BAFTA TV Awards. FLEABAG and Phoebe Waller-Bridge received several 2019 Emmy nominations on Tuesday, including Outstanding Comedy Series, Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series.
FLEABAG is a rip-roaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of life. Fleabag may appear emotionally unfiltered and oversexed, 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.
FLEABAG is produced by DryWrite, Soho Theatre and Annapurna Theatre.
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Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Directed by Vicky Jones
Designer: Holly Pigott
Lighting Designer: Elliot Griggs
Sound Designer: Isobel Waller-Bridge
Wyndham’s Theatre, Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0DA
Box Office details:
Website: www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk Box office number: 0844 482 5151
Website: www.sohotheatre.com Box office number: 020 7478 0100
Prices from £20
Twitter: @FleabagWestEnd Facebook: @FleabagWestEnd Instagram: @FleabagWestEnd
First performance Tuesday 20th August 2019
Final performance Saturday 14th September 2019
Press Performance Wednesday 28th August 2019
Performance schedule: Monday – Saturday 7.30pm Thursday and Saturday 4pm
Saturday 14 September at 4pm will be a captioned performance.
NT Live Screening: Live on Thursday 12 September 7.30pm – encore screenings may be added at later datesFor information on tickets and venues visit http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk
For press information please contact Elaine Jones at the National Theatre – email@example.com
TODAYTIX LOTTERY SCHEDULE
The lottery will be drawn as follows:
For performances 20 Aug – 24 Aug
Enter from 9am Mon 12 August to midday Wed 14 August
Winners notified by 4pm Wed 14 August
For performances 27 Aug – 31 Aug
Enter from 9am Mon 19 August to midday Wed 21 August
Winners notified by 4pm Wed 21 August
For performances 2 Sept – 7 Sept
Enter from 9am Mon 26 August to midday Wed 28 August
Winners notified by 4pm Wed 28 August
For performances 9 Sept – 14 Sept
Enter from 9am Mon 2 Sept to midday Wed 4 Sept
Winners notified by 4pm Wed 4 September
NOTES TO EDITORS
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 also associate production company on the television shows Fleabag and Run. DryWrite is led by Co-Artistic Directors Vicky Jones and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, with Producer Francesca Moody and Company Manager Charlotte McBrearty.
Soho Theatre is London’s most vibrant venue for new theatre, comedy and cabaret with a national and international touring programme, a digital presence and an additional venue in progress. As entrepreneurial as it is innovative, under the leadership of Executive Director Mark Godfrey and Creative Director David Luff, the charity and social enterprise’s mission is to produce new work, discover and nurture new writers and artists, and target and develop new audiences. Soho Theatre works with artists in a variety of ways, from full producing of new plays, to co-producing new work, alongside working with associate artists and presenting the best new emerging theatre companies. Soho Theatre have numerous artists on attachment and under commission, including Soho Six and a thriving Young Company of writers and comedy groups, and presents two new writing Awards, the Tony Craze Award and the Verity Bargate Award. DryWrite are an associate company of Soho Theatre, with acclaimed collaborations including Fleabag, The One and Touch.
Annapurna Theatre is the live stage division of Annapurna Pictures. Annapurna focuses on creating sophisticated, high-quality projects that appeal to a diverse audience across film, television, theatre and interactive. Annapurna Pictures has garnered 52 Academy Award nominations and earlier this year released Olivia Wilde’s directorial film debut, Booksmart. Annapurna Theatre recently produced the New York premiere of Fleabag, was a co-producer of the National Theatre’s production of Network on Broadway starring Tony winner Bryan Cranston and is a co-producer of David Byrne’s American Utopia on Broadway. West End credits include Nine Night, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Lehman Trilogy and the Olivier Award-winning Home I’m Darling, all with the National Theatre.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge is a multi-award-winning creative, garnering praise for her work as an actor, writer, creator and showrunner. Following its smash debut at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2013, the London run of 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. On March 7, 2019, Waller-Bridge opened her one-woman show Off-Broadway at New York’s The SoHo Playhouse. The extended, sold-out run earned her a Drama League Award nomination for Distinguished Performance, a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Solo Show, and a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance. Fleabag was also adapted into a critically acclaimed television series, which earned Waller-Bridge a BAFTA Television Award for Best Female Performance in a Comedy Program. The second season of Fleabag recently aired in the UK on BBC Three, receiving tremendous critical praise. It will premiere in the US on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, May 17, 2019. Waller-Bridge also garnered acclaim as the writer and showrunner of the first season of the celebrated BBC America television series Killing Eve, which stars Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer. The series earned Waller-Bridge a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Drama Series, as well as an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Writing of a Drama Series. The first season recently won a Peabody Award in the Entertainment category, and was also nominated for 15 BAFTA Television Awards, including Best Drama and Best Writer: Drama. Waller-Bridge serves solely as an Executive Producer on the second season of Killing Eve, which is airing now. BBC America recently renewed the series for a third season, which Waller-Bridge will Executive Produce. In March, HBO gave a series order to the eOne romantic comedic thriller Run, starring Merritt Wever and Domhnall Gleeson, written by Vicky Jones. Waller-Bridge will executive produce the series alongside Jones under DryWrite. Additional notable television credits include Crashing, which was her screenwriting debut, and Broadchurch. On film, Waller-Bridge appeared as the first female droid in Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story. 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, Evening Standard Theater Award Nomination “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, an award-winning and Olivier nominated new-writing theatre company that challenges writers to work with specific briefs and goals to actively engage audiences. She is also a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Vicky Jones 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 on the TV version of FLEABAG, other TV credits include the multi award winning KILLING EVE and the Royal Court/ BBC 4 series of monologues SNATCHES. Vicky’s episode BOVRIL PAM was nominated for a BAFTA in 2019.
Vicky is currently the National Theatre’s Playwright in Residence and has an original TV series in development with eOne & HBO.
National Theatre Live turned ten on 25th June this year – the date of the first ever NT Live broadcast which was Phédre starring Academy Award® winner Helen Mirren. Over ten years over 80 theatre productions have been shown in 3500 venues worldwide, reaching an overall audience of nearly 9 million people. NT Live currently screens in 2500 venues across 65 countries. Recent broadcasts include All About Eve with Gillian Anderson and Lily James, Antony and Cleopatra with Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo, Julius Caesar with David Morrissey and Ben Whishaw, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Sienna Miller, Follies with Imelda Staunton, Yerma with Billie Piper, Angels in America with Andrew Garfield and Russell Tovey, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill, Rosentcrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead with Daniel Radcliffe and Hedda Gabler with Ruth Wilson.
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