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John Malkovich makes his much-anticipated stage return this summer in David Mamet's new play, a searing and satirical black comedy that promises to 'rip the pashmina off the suppurating wound that is showbusiness'. Follow maniacal and depraved studio boss, Barney Fein, and his all-consuming campaign for awards glory. Nothing and no one will stand in the way of his odyssey across the decades when vice and villainy walked hand in hand in Hollywood - with no regard for those exploited, abused or destroyed in the process. Sound familiar?
Pulitzer-Prize winner Mamet will additionally direct.
John Malkovich is an Academy Award-nominated actor known for his bold choices in projects. From the Killing Fields to bonkers metaphysical comedy Being John Malkovich, it's safe to say he's never backed down from a challenge. And whatever the outcome of this controversial new piece, it looks as if Bitter Wheat will be one of the year's most talked about plays.
Previews from: 7 June 2019
Opening night: 19 June 2019
John Malkovich as Barney Fein
Doon Mackichan as Sondra
Iona Kimbrook as Yung Kim Li
Alexander Arnold as Roberto
Teddy Kempner as Doctor Wald
Matthew Pidgeon as The Writer
Zephryn Taitte as Charles Arthur Brown
Written by David Mamet
Directed by David Mamet
Hamfisted DISTASTEFUL awakward
By name by nature - David Mamet's zippily produced account of depraved studio boss leaves you with a terrible after taste.
Whilst John Malkovich's talent cannot be understated, one wonders if his common sense is as he stars in this grim indictment of a perverted studio boss left reeling after his proclivities are finally uncovered.Read full review
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