Bitter Wheat

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Legendary actor John Malkovich returns to the West End in this world premiere, don’t miss out on Bitter Wheat tickets

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet brings the world premiere of his new play Bitter Wheat to the West End’s Garrick Theatre for a limited season.

Hollywood is a hell hole, and everything is for sale except the awards – which are for rent.

John Malkovich plays depraved Hollywood mogul, Barney Fein, who falls from power to shame in a journey compared to The Odyssey.

The play is in response to the #MeToo movement and the allegations made against film mogul Harvey Weinstein last year.

David Mamet is an American playwright who is known for his work in both theatre and film. For theatre, Mamet’s works include Glengary Glenn Ross, Oleanna, and Speed-the-Plow. Mamet has also written the screenplay for many memorable films, including Hannibal and Heist (which he also directed).

John Malkovich has most recently been seen in the Netflix film Bird Box, with his other films including Of Mice and Men, Johnny English, and Dangerous Liaisons. Malkovich’s performances in both Places in the Heart and In the Line of Fire earned him two Academy Award nominations. Bitter Wheat will mark Malkovich’s return to the stage after 33 years.

The play also stars Doon Mackichan (Smack the Pony, Knowing Me, Knowing You) as Barney’s assistant, Sondra, and Ioanna Kimbook, who will make her debut performance in the role of Yung Kim Li. Further casting is to be announced.

Bitter Wheat is directed by Mamet and designed by Christopher Oram (Photograph 51, Peter and Alice), with lighting designed by Neil Austin (Company, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child). Oram and Austin are both Olivier Award-winning designers.

Bitter Wheat runs at London’s Garrick Theatre from 7 June – 14 September 2019, with an official press night on Wednesday 19 June.

Child Friendly

Bitter Wheat is suitable for audiences age 16+