Bitter Wheat

Garrick Theatre, London

 

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BITTER WHEAT is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 9.
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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.

    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 Theatre.

    Reviews

    ★★★★★ "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)

    "I could have watched this captivating freak-show until midnight and beyond" (The Spectator)

    Important Information


    BOOKING PERIOD: Until Saturday 21 September 2019

    PERFORMANCE TIMES: Monday - Saturday, 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday, 2.30pm.

    RUNNING TIME: 1hr 50mins including interval one interval

    PLEASE NOTE: A £1.25 restoration levy (collected on behalf of the theatre) appears as part of the ticket cost.

    AGE RESTRICTION: 16

    VENUE: Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH.

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bitter Wheat John Malkovich was brilliant, why, because his delivery was forensic. Balance between comedy and the reality of abuse towards vulnerable young women, very difficult show in order to open up for debate while at the same time not make fallacious. He brought a sense of vulnerability to this flawed character without letting him off the hook, although the last act seemed a little cynical in this respect, I thought it was meant to underline the artifice on show.
Date published: 2019-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Disturbing yet witty and meaningful My wife wanted to go, I was reluctant but thoroughly enjoyed Bitter Wheat and particularly the acting skill of John Malkovitch. Rather and abrupt and early end to the play but due to the intensity of the first half the second was understandably briefer.
Date published: 2019-07-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Definitely worth watching John! Not usually a fan of theatre critics, it’s just someone’s opinion after all but on this occasion most of the reviews are fairly accurate, the writing is quite rushed and al characters are just there to converse with Barney BUT John is amazing!! His mannerisms and comedy timing are the best. It’s basically an hour and a half of watching John Malkovich but it’s still well spent. If you’re not a John M fan then theres nothing else here for you.
Date published: 2019-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Malkovich is the star! I really enjoyed watching this play. A thought provoking play about the psychology behind criminal acts and particularly interesting following the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Seeing Malkovich back on stage is a delight as well.
Date published: 2019-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning performance! John Malkovich is superb in the part, and steals the applause. His characterisation is effortlessly sublime. Simply wonderful.
Date published: 2019-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Acting master class A dark subject , dealt with dark humour and it is very funny , it will make you cringe as it is so honest on the rife sexism, racisim and the corruption of power in the business end of show business
Date published: 2019-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! I went with my friend and we both loved it. It was a bittersweet comedy . Fantastic acting.
Date published: 2019-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very very good John Malkovich was superb.. he was a complete joy to watch. The play was well written and dialogue snappy.. the production was flawless.
Date published: 2019-06-12
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