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.
Cast and Creative
David Mamet (left) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright who is best known for his works including Oleanna, Glengary Glen Ross, and Speed-the-Plow. Mamet is also known for his work in film: he wrote the screenplay for Hannibal and directed and wrote the film Heist.
John Malkovich makes his return to the West End stage after more than 30 years away. Malkovich most recently starred in the Netflix film Bird Box, and is also known for his roles in Johnny English, Dangerous Liaisons, and Of Mice and Men. The actor has been twice nominated for an Academy Award.
Bitter Wheat also stars Doon Mackichan (Smack the Pony) and Ioanna Kimbook, who makes her West End debut.
The play will be directed by Mamet, with design by Christopher Oram (Photograph 51) and lighting by Neil Austin (Company).
Show Length and Times
Bitter Wheat will begin performances on Friday 7th June, with an official opening night on Wednesday 19th June. The show will run for a strictly limited period until Saturday September 14th.
Run time – 1 hour 50 minutes (incl. interval)
Suitable for Children?
This play is not suitable for children, due to its themes. The official age recommendation is 16+.
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