Garrick Theatre

2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH GB

Bitter Wheat

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Starring: John Malkovich

Booking from: Friday, 7 June 2019

Booking until: Saturday, 14 September 2019

Tickets from £18.00
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14:30 14:30
19:30 19:30 19:30 19:30 19:30 19:30

Booking from:
Friday, 7 June 2019

Booking until:
Saturday, 14 September 2019

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.

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

29 Jan 2019

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!

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Garrick Theatre
2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH GB

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  • Air conditioned
  • Bar
  • Disabled toilets
  • Infrared hearing loop
  • Member of Q-Park scheme
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair/scooter access

Theatre Info

  • Capacity: 650
  • Year built: 1889

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