John Malkovich to lead World Premiere of David Mamet’s ‘Bitter Wheat’ at the Garrick Theatre

Producers Jeffrey Richards and Smith & Brant Theatricals have announced that John Malkovich will return to the West End for the first time in 30 years to star in the World Premiere of David Mamet‘s new play, Bitter Wheat.

 Directed by Mamet, Bitter Wheat will begin previews at the Garrick Theatre on Friday 7 June 2019 ahead of an official opening night on Wednesday 19 June 2019.

John Malkovich will be joined by Doon Mackichan and Ioanna Kimbook in her debut theatre performance.



Hollywood is a hell hole.

Everything in Hollywood is for sale except the awards, which are for rent.

Bitter Wheat is a play about a depraved Hollywood mogul. It rips the pashmina off the suppurating wound which is show business, and leaves us better human beings, and fitter to once more confront the horror of life.

Our hero, Barney Fein, is a bloated monster – a studio head, who, like his predecessor, the minotaur, devours the young he has lured to his cave.

His fall from power to shame is a mythic journey which has been compared to The Odyssey by people who claim to have read that book.

A new play starring John Malkovich, written and directed by David Mamet in a good mood. 

Funnier than The Iceman Cometh, more chaos than Richard III, and without all the stupid, so-called ‘poetry’.



The creative team includes designer Christopher Oram and lighting designer Neil Austin.


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