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Bitter Wheat Tickets

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David Mamet's new play brings John Malkovich to the London stage in this topical new drama
Bitter Wheat by David Mamet 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.
  • local_play Tickets from only £20
  • date_range Jun 7, 2019 → Sep 21, 2019
  • assistant Garrick Theatre
    Charing Cross Road,London, WC2H 0HH
  • subway Charing Cross Underground Station/Leicester Square
  • access_time 2hr (including 20 min interval)
  • supervised_user_circle This production is suitable for ages 16+
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Rated 4 out of 5 (307 Reviews)
  • Review Avatar Jun 8, 2019

    John Malkovich is perfect for the part and the script is very witty and fast

  • Review Avatar Jun 8, 2019

    Let down somewhat by the venue - tired and cramped

  • Review Avatar Jun 9, 2019

    A challenging and interesting production. Malkovich was excellent...

  • Review Avatar Jun 9, 2019

    Good service. My only complaint was the seat I bought. B12 in the grand circle. When I bought it there was no mention of a safety rail obstructing the view. So that was disappointing. The play was sold out so l could not move.

  • Review Avatar Jun 9, 2019

    Play weak more of a John Malkovich monologue. Whilst we love him overall experience was disappointing.

  • Review Avatar Jun 9, 2019

    Very entertaining.A believable characterisation !

  • Review Avatar Jun 9, 2019

    Started well. Poor finish. John Malkovitch fantastic.

  • Review Avatar Jun 10, 2019

    An excellent comic / tragic play. The lead Actors were superb, John Malkovich at his very best.

  • Review Avatar Jun 11, 2019

    Very funny!

  • Review Avatar Jun 11, 2019

    A bit underwhelming. Malkovitch not quite convincing as a monster. Insufficiency predatorial. Tubes constantly rumbling under theatre didn’t help. Very little rake in stalls made it hard to see stage. Seats uncomfortable.

  • Review Avatar Jun 11, 2019

    A wonderful show that tackled a controversial subject. Lots of laughter (and yes … some of it was uncomfortable!). Gave a wonderful insight into how self-centred, paranoid and out-of-touch some truly powerful people can be, and how we have all enabled them to be this way. A message for our times!!

  • Review Avatar Jun 11, 2019

    Good but not outstanding play. Theatre needs renovation

  • Review Avatar Jun 11, 2019

    John Malkovick lives to the expectations. However some of the other characters are weak and the script does not necessarily bring the play to shine.

  • Review Avatar Jun 12, 2019

    John Malkovich is brilliantly cast as the self-loathing/pitying megalomaniac, that is Weinstein. The script fires on all cylinders, from the get go with such a powerful opening scene. The cast were all great, not least Doon Mackichan, a resplendent foil to the big nasty man. There’s not a bad seat in the house and the set is very cool. Bar and other staff created a great atmosphere too. You really will be missing out if you don’t see for yourself. And in case the performers are reading this: apologies for the British applause, we loved your performance and were whooping it up inside.

  • Review Avatar Jun 13, 2019

    The opening scene was the weakest - the dialogue didn't seem to 'work' and it felt very wooden. After that though, it was brilliant. John Malkovich was superb - a real tour de force.

  • Review Avatar Jun 14, 2019

    Thought the plot laboured in the first half. Picked up tough for a good finish. Loved Malkovich

  • Review Avatar Jun 14, 2019

    We thoroughly enjoyed the play and thought that John Malkovich's performance was quite remarkable. We found the play's ending somewhat weak and inconclusive.

  • Review Avatar Jun 14, 2019

    We love Mamet's work and thought this play was good - if not one of his best. But we found Malkovich's performance very unimpressive. His delivery was flat and leached away much of the potential impact of his character's changes of fortune. This also meant that he gave the other actors very little to act against. At some points in the second act he seemed unsure of his lines. It was a very disappointing evening.

  • Review Avatar Jun 14, 2019

    John Malkovitch was awesome

  • Review Avatar Jun 15, 2019

    Excellent play, Marvelous actors