An article in the Evening Standard by Clara Strunck.
They’re young, talented, already driving some of the most exciting shows on stage — and they’re only just getting started. Clara Strunck meets the West End’s new faces
She has already been called a ‘super producer’ with a ‘Midas touch’. And who can argue? Francesca Moody was the original producer of Fleabag, helping to take Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s runaway comedy show to Edinburgh long before it reached global cult status. ‘I always felt Phoebe was an amazing actor; it’s hard not to engage with her,’ says the 31-year-old. Live performances in the West End earlier this year sold out the day tickets were released. ‘You can’t legislate for that level of success because it’s absolutely crazy.’ And the career triumphs keep coming: she’s scooped a whopping eight Fringe First Awards to date, the latest for Baby Reindeer at the Bush Theatre, Richard Gadd’s play about being stalked. How does she deal with the great expectations of following up a hit like Fleabag? She definitely feels ‘the fear’ but adds, ‘I’m starting to feel I can replicate the success of Fleabag with Baby Reindeer.’ We have a hunch anything she does will be a sure-fire hit.
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