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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.

Starring John Malkovich as Barney Fein, Doon Mackichan as Sondra, Ioanna Kimbrook as Yung Kim Li are, Alexander Arnold as Roberto, Teddy Kempner as Doctor Wald, Matthew Pidgeon as The Writer and Zephryn Taitte as Charles Arthur Brown.

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.


‘Skin-crawlingly magnificent. I was absolutely riveted to my seat.’

Mail On Sunday


‘Malkovich is rightly revolting in Mamet’s furious take on Hollywood’

The Sunday Times

Customer Reviews

74 reviews
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18 Aug 2019

A treat to see John Malkovich. The production balances on a narrow line between drama/comedy. At times uncomfortable - should I laugh, get cross, or be appalled. A timely piece.

Sharon and Brian Manson
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17 Aug 2019

This was one of the best plays we have seen in a long while. What can you say about John Malkovich - he is a genius and absolutely brought the character he was playing to life. Also Doon Mackichan was a revelation. Her facial expressions and exasperation with her boss was wonderful. I hope this play wins awards, if not it will be a travesty.

Tony Potter
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16 Aug 2019

The best play of the summer season with Malcovich delivering a focused performance worthy of a world premier. Mamet provided an artistic drama with an obvious but thoughtful plot. Marvellous use of exageration and a black humour which really exposed corruption and harassment in any environment where power corupts. All performances were excellent and loved Teddy Kempner as Dr Wald. Thanks to all for super entertainment. Barney I hate you.

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16 Aug 2019

A great performance by John M, although i felt the script could have been better written. Worth going to see just for John M's performance and tickets are well priced, so enjoyable theatre.

Gabriella Turnbull
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16 Aug 2019

John Malkovich's performance left me speachless: he is just great and there aren't enough words to describe how amazing he is on stage! I have always admired John Malkovich and to see him on stage was just unbelievable. My son is studying drama and I wanted him to see such a great actor on doubt he was overwhelmed and inspired. Everybody is absolutely fabulous, but I would like to mention Doon Mackichan whose performance was amazing.


When is it showing

19 Aug 2019 21 Sep 2019


Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0HH

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Written & Directed by David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross, Sexual Peversity in Chicago)

Starring John Malkovich


2 hours 20 minutes

Good To Know

Please be aware no star or actor is guaranteed to perform and may be off due to holiday or illness

How Does It Work

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If you have chosen to collect at the venues box office, please print the booking confirmation and bring it on the day, a minimum of 30 minutes before the performance start time. You will also need to present the card used to purchase the tickets as valid ID.

If you have chosen E-ticket, you can download your voucher from your booking confirmation. Please print your voucher – it is your ticket of admission. Bring the voucher to the theatre. We recommend you arrive 30 minutes before the show to settle into your seats.

Suitable For Children

Recommended For - Over 16s only.

When Can I Go

Friday 7th June - Saturday 14th September 2019

  • Monday - Saturday -    7.30pm
  • Thursday + Saturday - 2.30pm

Where Do I Go

Address: Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0HH

  • By Tube- Leicester Square or Charing Cross
  • By Train- Charing Cross
  • By Bus-3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 15, 24, 29, 30