Bitter Wheat at Garrick Theatre tickets
Bitter Wheat at Garrick Theatre tickets

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The Pulitzer-winning playwright David Mamet returns with a brand new play, starring the legendary John Malkovich. Bitter Wheat casts an eye into the dark depths of Hollywood, taking Harvey Weinstein and the burgeoning conversation around sexuality and consent as its inspiration. Hotly anticipated and very much of our current moment, this is a play that demands attention. The world premiere opens at the West End’s Garrick Theatre on 7 June 2019.

Bitter Wheat charts the drop from power to shame of studio head Barney Fein (John Malkovich), a monstrous individual who lures the young into his cave to be consumed. This is Hollywood, where sex, power and money intersect. It’s a place where anything can be bought and perversity goes unchecked. In other words, it is rotten to its core.

David Mamet has found huge success not only as a playwright, but as a film director, screenwriter and author. His work for the stage was last seen in the West End with the 2017 revival of Glengarry Glen Ross starring Christian Slater. Among the many awards he has collected is a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and he also counts a raft of nominations to his name. Mamet is both writer and director of Bitter Wheat.

The production marks the end of Malkovich’s 33-year stage performance hiatus. The actor seems omnipresent in cinema, having appeared in over 70 films. That includes cult classic Being John Malkovich and the 2018 thriller Bird Box. He has trodden the boards in New York, L.A and London, and counts True West and Death of a Salesman among his stage credits. In 2016 he directed the Rose Theatre's production of Good Canary.

In the role of Barney Fein’s assistant, Sondra, is Doon Mackichan. Perhaps best known as the creator and star of hit sketch show Smack the Pony, she has also appeared in comedy series Brass Eye, Alan Partridge, Toast of London and more. Her London stage credits include The Government Inspector at the Young Vic and Jumpy at the Royal Court.

Ioanna Kimbook makes her debut theatre performance as Yung Kim Li. The actress graduated from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2018.

The cast is rounded out by Alexander Arnold, Teddy Kempner, Matthew Pidgeon and Zephryn Taitte.

A truthful, confronting, plack-as-pitch farce, this is the great playwright at his scathing best. Bitter Wheat plays at the Garrick Theatre from 7 June until 14 September 2019.

Recommended for

Fans of John Malkovich will rejoice to see the iconic actor back on stage after so long. Those who enjoyed Mamet’s previous plays, such as Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed-the-Plow, won’t want to miss the playwright’s latest offering.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 16+

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Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours (including interval)
Opened: 07 Jun 2019
Booking from: 27 Jun 2019
Booking until: 21 Sep 2019

Next available performances

Thursday 27 Jun 20192:30pm7:30pm
Friday 28 Jun 2019--7:30pm
Saturday 29 Jun 20192:30pm7:30pm
Monday 01 Jul 2019--7:30pm
Tuesday 02 Jul 2019--7:30pm
Wednesday 03 Jul 2019--7:30pm
Thursday 04 Jul 20192:30pm--

Location and map

Garrick Theatre
Charing Cross Road
London, WC2H 0HH

13 Reviews Add review

Critics haven’t loved it, but if you go to see wonderful acting and great entertainment rather than for intellectualising and looking... More

leepeddie 176, 20 reviews, 0 helpful votes

It was a joy to watch the legend that is John Malkovich on stage, however I was slightly underwhelmed with this production. I found... More

joc78 5"4, 359 reviews, 5 helpful votes

ccix 87 reviews, 2 helpful votes

zoem3 5'8, 7 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Enjoyed the show. John Malkovich is always good to watch. Mesmerising if thoroughly unpleasant character!

jenniferl2 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

It was a joy to see John Malkovich on stage, he gave a mesmerising performance. Very good, thought provoking play.

jenniferl2 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

It was excellent! I liked the political incorrectness of it and the raw harassment scenes, as it is reality that people don't necessarily... More

olgah 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Bitter Wheat was exactly the piece of theatre excellence you would expect to see from John Malkovich. His on stage presence captivating,... More

joannek1 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Excellent show

marcop 1 review, 0 helpful votes