Bitter Wheat

at Garrick Theatre, London

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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 into 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 in his return to the stage after 33 years, 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’. Money, sex, power, you only need one of them to see Bitter Wheat – at the Garrick.

Please visit www.bitterwheatplay.com/ for more information.

Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.


John Malkovich

John Malkovich began his career as an actor and director and original member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. there he acted in numerous plays, among them True West, Of Mice and Men, The Libertine, The Glass Menagerie, Big Mother , The Dumb Waiter, and many more. As a director at Steppenwolf he staged many plays, including Absent Friends, No Man’s Land, The Caretaker, Coyote Ugly , A Prayer for my Daughter, The House, Hysteria, Balm in Gilead and with the American novelist Don Delillo, he adapted and directed Libra. He began acting in movies in 1983, the first film he appeared in being The Killing Fields. He has since appeared in numerous films, including Places in the Heart, Death of a Salesman, The Ogre, Dangerous Liaisons, The Object of Beauty, Empire of the Sun, Con Air, Being John Malkovich, In the Line of Fire, Le Temps Retrouvé, Klimt, Film Falaldo, Je Rentre à la Maison, Mary Reilly, Rounders, The Great Buck Howard, Burn After Reading, Red 1, Red 2, Deepwater Horizon, and 70 or 80 other films as well. He has also worked as a fashion designer, having designed 24 menswear collections and as a producer in both theatre and film. With his production partners Lianne Nalfon and Russell Smith, their company Mr.Mudd- produced Ghost World, Juno, Art School Confidential, The Perks of Bing a Wallflower, Demolition, along with a number of documentaries.

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Doon Mackichan

Smack The Pony actress / comedian.

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Also Appearing

Ioanna Kimbook

Garrick Theatre

  • 2 Charing Cross Road
  • London
  • WC2H 0HH

0207 44 5085