Garrick Theatre

2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH GB

Bitter Wheat

Bitter Wheat Tickets

4.8/5 - based on 8 reviews
  • Booking until: Saturday, 14 September 2019
  • Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Starring: John Malkovich
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About Bitter Wheat

Performance Times
  • Booking until: Saturday, 14 September 2019
  • Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Mon - 19:30
Tue - 19:30
Wed - 19:30
Thu 14:30 19:30
Fri - 19:30
Sat 14:30 19:30
Sun - -
Starring:

John Malkovich

Bitter Wheat description

Bitter Wheat – A David Mamet play with a dark heart

The respected US playwright David Alan Mamet is a talented film director, screenwriter and author. John Malkovich is one of the USA's finest actors, a man who hasn't graced the West End stage for far too long, for a third of a century. He's due to star in Mamet's latest masterpiece, Bitter Wheat, a piece that is also directed by the playwright. What more can you ask for as a fan of seriously good theatre?

John Malkovich is probably best loved for his work in films like Places in the Heart, In the Line of Fire, Con Air, Johnny English and the dazzlingly brilliant Being John Malkovich. During 2016 he was director of Good Canary at the Rose Theatre Kingston, a project that won him the Evening Standard's coveted award for Best Director.

David Mamet is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright with an impressive list of successes behind him, including the magical Glengarry Glen Ross, Speed-the-Plow, American Buffalo, Race, The Penitent, and his play Oleanna, which explored the life of a university lecturer accused of sexual misconduct with a pupil, beautifully directed by Harold Pinter himself.

The plot? Hollywood really is a a hell hole, a hateful place where everything except the awards are for sale. This is home to one spectacularly depraved Hollywood mogul, whose story reveals the festering wound of show business for what it is. The play, however, is designed to leave the audience feeling more resilient, better able to accept and live with the horror of life.

Our anti-hero is Barney Fein, a fat monster of a studio head and a sexual predator who practically devours the young actors he lures into his dodgy circle. If the plot smacks of Harvey Weinstein, that's no accident. The playwright hinted in 2017 that he was writing about the Weinstein scandal. The not-so-great man's fall from power and grace is almost mythical in its sheer drama, and some critics have compared this play to Homer's The Odyssey.

It sounds deadly serious. But this play is actually funnier than the hilarious The Iceman Cometh, dripping with money, sex, and power. Mamet's treatment of one of Hollywood's biggest scandals is, as usual, unique and thought provoking. Weinstein's disgusting behaviour sparked the #MeToo movement, and Bitter Wheat carries on the momentum. It's on at the Garrick Theatre from 7th June to 14th September 2019, so block out time in your diary... and prepare to be scandalised!

Who is this show for?
Given the subject matter, this play is not recommended for children under 16.

Next Performances for Bitter Wheat at the Garrick Theatre
tomorrow18th Jun 2019 7:30pm

2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH GB

John Malkovich
Wednesday19th Jun 2019 7:00pm

2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH GB

John Malkovich
Thursday20th Jun 2019 2:30pm

2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH GB

John Malkovich
Thursday20th Jun 2019 7:30pm

2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH GB

John Malkovich
Friday21st Jun 2019 7:30pm

2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH GB

John Malkovich
Saturday22nd Jun 2019 2:30pm

2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH GB

John Malkovich

Bitter Wheat reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 8 reviews

What to expect:

Acting
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Recommended for:

Anyone (13%)
Families (25%)
Teenagers (25%)
Couples (75%)
Theatregoers (88%)
Latest customer reviews
Katie
Bit disappointing

Reviewed on 13 June 2019 by , Bethnal Green, United Kingdom

Caroline
Intense

Malkovich is terrific - turning from a wise-cracking guy slowly but steadily into a monster. Ingenious. Supporting cast was perfect particularly Sondra.

Reviewed on 11 June 2019 by , Tonbridge, United Kingdom

Cameron
Classic Mamet, Classic Malkovich!

Having only had the pleasure of seeing David Mamet’s and John Malkovich’s creations on screen up until this point, it was such a thrill when I saw they were going to put on a show in the West End. My fingers leapt to book tickets immediately in hot anticipation of what would surely be an unforgettable theatre spectacle; I was not disappointed. Like many, I love watching a show or film without know anything about it, other than perhaps the title and primary contributors. Malkovich’s portrayal of a shamed magnate is quite tremendous - at once despicable and hilarious, with razor sharp, daring dialogue that caused no shortage of shocked gasps or nervous “oohs” in the audience, while trying to control their laughter. The plot moves along quite swiftly, each scene portraying another facet of the antihero’s dislikable personality. What drives it along are his bizarre and bewildering choices, that you’d think no sane person would make, constantly revising his game plan to make the best of a potential opportunity in any given situation. It’s hard to describe without giving away some parts of the plot, or indeed mentioning who Malkovich's character is portraying; suffice it to say that it’s a brilliant combo of classic witty Mamet humour and classic authoritative Malkovich delivery, and you’ll have to find out when you go and see it for yourself! To be there on opening night and to be fortunate enough to meet and shake hands with Mr. Mamet himself felt so special: Witnessing the care he took to make his audience feel welcome, and then to stand and follow the show from the back of the auditorium, undoubtedly gauging performances and audience reactions, and compiling mental notes for the rest of the show’s run, simply fills one with admiration. Best of luck with the rest of the show, and for all those lucky enough to go and see it - enjoy!

Reviewed on 08 June 2019 by , Barnes, United Kingdom

MARIALENA
A must see!

Reviewed on 07 June 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Ece
Best Bitter Taste!

Reviewed on 07 June 2019 by , Canterbury, United Kingdom

Davida
Hashtag Too Soin?

Remarkable script, remarkable performance by Mr Malkovich (best performance ever!). I’m just not sure whether i’m ready for #metoo to be quite so funny.

Reviewed on 07 June 2019 by , Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Olena
Must see (if you like cynical humour)

Reviewed on 07 June 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

29 Jan
2019
Phil Willmott

Is John Malkovich about to play Harvey Weinstein in the West End?

by Phil Willmott | Tuesday, January 29 2019, 14:37

John Malkovich - Bitter Wheat Hollywood A list star John Malkovich’s returning to the London stage after 30 years would be big news enough but it also sounds like he’ll be playing disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein!

Is John Malkovich about to play Harvey Weinstein in the West End?