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David Mamet tackles Hollywood's biggest scandals in his own unique way as he brings Bitter Wheat to the Garrick Theatre this summer, starring John Malkovich in his first West End theatre appearance in almost 30 years. 

Directed by Mamet, Bitter Wheat centres on Barney Fein, the head of a major Hollywood studio who falls from power to shame. It comes after Mamet last year revealed that he had written a play about the Harvey Weinstein scandal in Hollywood, which saw the mogul accused of sexual abuse by over 80 women, and sparked the #MeToo movement. 

Bitter Wheat, starring John Malkovich will run at the Garrick Theatre from 7th June to 14th September with tickets on sale now. 

John Malkovich will make his first London stage appearance in almost 30 years in Bitter Wheat. Malkovich is known for his screen appearances in films such as Places in the Heart, In the Line of Fire, Con Air, Johnny English and Being John Malkovich. In 2016, he directed an English language production of the play Good Canary at the Rose Theatre Kingston, for which he won the Evening Standard Award for best director. 

David Mamet is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer whose previous plays include Glengarry Glen Ross, Speed-the-Plow, American Buffalo, Race and The Penitent. In 1994, his play Oleanna told of a university professor who was accused of sexual misconduct by a pupil. It premiered in London at the Royal Court in 1993 directed by Harold Pinter and starring Lia Williams and David Suchet. 

Bitter Wheat is at the Garrick Theatre from 7th June. 

Bitter Wheat tickets are on sale now.

Bitter Wheat running time: 
2 hours 20 minutes
6 images
John Malkovich
John Malkovich
as Barney Fein

until 21 Sep 2019

David Mamet
David Mamet
Neil Austin
Christopher Oram
Cast list:
John Malkovich, Doon Mackichan, Ioanna Kimbrook, Alexander Arnold, Teddy Kempner, Matthew Pidgeon and Zephryn Taitte.

Garrick Theatre

2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH
Nearest tube:
Leicester Square

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From the moment David Mamet's Bitter Wheat, a thinly-disguised portrayal of a Harvey Weinstein-like film producer's fall from grace was first announced as heading to the London stage earlier this year, it aroused controversy and hostility in equal measure. Some prominent critics and commentators took it to task, sight unseen, for offering a male perspective of the #MeToo story that was... Read more

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Bitter Wheat production images featuring John Malkovich released
Monday, June 17, 2019

Production images for Bitter Wheat, the new play by David Mamet starring John Malkovich, have been released ahead of the play’s world premiere at the Garrick Theatre later this week. Directed by Mamet, the play is inspired by recent Hollywood events, and stars Malkovich as a shamed Hollywood producer called Barnet Fein. The play sees Malkovich return to London he directed a production of the play Good Canary at the Rose Theatre Kingston in 2016. His theatre credits include starring in Sam Shepard’s True West, as well as productions of  A Streetcar Named Desire and Death of a Salesman.  

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Full casting announced for world premiere of Bitter Wheat at the Garrick Theatre
Monday, May 20, 2019

The complete casting for the upcoming world premiere of David Mamet’s Bitter Wheat starring John Malkovich at the Garrick Theatre has been announced. Inspired by recent Hollywood scandals surrounding Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo movement, Bitter Wheat follows Barney Fein, a Hollywood producer whose career falls from grace, left with a tarnished reputation.

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David Mamet play based on Weinstein scandal to star John Malkovich in London
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

A new play by David Mamet tackling the Harvey Weinstein scandal is set to premiere in the West End later this year, and will star John Malkovich making his first stage appearance in almost three decades at the Garrick Theatre. Titled Bitter Wheat, the play will focus on a Hollywood studio head called Barney Fein who falls from a position of power to put of shame. The play comes after Mamet revealed he had written a play about the scandal surrounding Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual assault by over 80 women between the years of 1980 and 2015.

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John Malkovich: People might not like Bitter Wheat, but I think it’s brilliant
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

John Malkovich says some people won’t like David Mamet’s new play based on the Harvey Weinstein scandal, but he personally thinks its “brilliant”.   Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Malkovich was announcing the world premiere of the play Bitter Wheat, which David Mamet has written in response to the Harvey Weinstein scandal in Hollywood. Malkovich said the play might “upset people who have experienced the treatment that the play describes and that we watch”, but “what can I do about that?”

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