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


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


Garrick Theatre

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

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Cancellation Policy

No exchanges available after purchase

How Does It Work

You will receive a booking confirmation email.

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.

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 


4.2(50 reviews)
  • Katie

    Oct 2, 2019

    Thoroughly enjoyed played. Laughed out loud several time,, which is more than I can say of some plays that are meant to be funny .Very well done. Would recommend it

  • Sonia

    Sep 30, 2019

    The dialogues or better the monologues were non intellectual, non political, all swearing, macho oriented. Can't say if there is a purpose in this choice as to portray the mediocrity of Hollywood personal or Mamet has just lost the 'plot' in this 'comedic' play. I did not like Malkovich as well.

  • Annmarie church

    Sep 23, 2019

    Fantastic. Went on the final day. the acting was fab, the actors were funny and the story is quite current.

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