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.
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 properly the... Read more