"Never fully reveals the psychological depths."
-The Independent-

"Scathing and cynical."

"A startling, angry production."
-The Daily Mail-

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About the show

The Pulitzer-winning writer David Mamet is back with a new play, which he writes and directs, and it stars the iconic John Malkovich. Bitter Wheat roams the underbelly of Hollywood, inspired by the Harvey Weinstein scandal and ensuing conversation around power and consent. The world premiere opens at the Garrick Theatre on 7 June 2019.

Bitter Wheat follows depraved and unpalatable studio head Barney Fein (John Malkovich), a demon who lures the young into his lair to be consumed. Here in Hollywood, sex, power and money are inseparable and abuse of all three go unchecked.

David Mamet is a playwright, film director, screenwriter and author. The West End most recently staged his work in 2017 with a revival of Glengarry Glen Ross starring Christian Slater. Besides a Pulitzer Prize for Drama and many other awards, he counts a raft of nominations to his name.

Malkovich breaks a 33-year stage performance hiatus to appear in the starring role of Barney Fein. The much-loved actor has appeared in over 70 films, including cult classic Being John Malkovich and the recent thriller Bird Box. He has performed in the plays True West and Death of a Salesman, and was the director of the Rose Theatre's production of Good Canary in 2016.

Doon Mackichan plays Sondra, Fein's assistant. A veteran of era-defining comedy, she is the creator and co-star of sketch show Smack the Pony and has appeared in Alan Partridge, Brass Eye, Toast of London and more. Her London stage performance credits include Jumpy at the Royal Court and The Government Inspector at the Young Vic.

Ioanna Kimbook plays the role of Yung Kim Li, making her debut theatre performance. She is a recent graduate of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Further casting includes Alexander Arnold, Teddy Kempner, Matthew Pidgeon and Zephryn Taitte.

Truthful, of-the-moment and dark as it gets, Bitter Wheat is Mamet at his scathing best. Catch it at the Garrick Theatre from 7 June until 14 September 2019.

Who Should See It?

Devotees of John Malkovich shouldn't miss the actor's long-awaited return to the stage. Fans of Mamet’s previous plays, such as Speed-the-Plow, will appreciate his latest offering.

Playing at

Garrick Theatre
Charing Cross Road
Seating Plan

Garrick Theatre seating plan

Booking period

7th Jun 2019

22nd Jan 2021

21st Sep 2019

Running time

2 hours (including interval)


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