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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.

Booking Number

0330 333 4811

Booking Until
Saturday 21 September 2019

Tickets From

Show Times
Monday – Saturday 7.30pm
Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm

Running Time
1hr 50mins including interval one interval

Garrick Theatre

Age recommendation

Please be advised: the first act of this play contains depictions of sexual manipulation and harassment that some may find upsetting.

'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


John MalkovichBarney Fein
Doon MackichanSondra
Ioanna KimbookYung Kim Li
Alexander ArnoldRoberto
Teddy KempnerDoctor Wald
Matthew PidgeonThe Writer
Zephryn TaitteCharles Arthur Brown


Friday 7 June – Saturday 21 September 2019

Monday – Saturday 7.30pm
Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm

Running time: 1hr 50mins including interval one interval

Age recommendation: 16+

Please be advised: the first act of this play contains depictions of sexual manipulation and harassment that some may find upsetting.


Tickets from £15

£10 off all tickets for preview performances 7-20 June

All tickets include a £1.50 Theatre Restoration Levy



Price Bands A reduced to £49.50.
Valid Monday – Wednesday evenings and Thursday matinees.

To book a group, call us on +44 (0)330 333 4817 (Mon – Fri, 10am – 6pm) or email


The Garrick Theatre opens 45 minutes before the start of each performance.
The Garrick Theatre Box Office is open Monday to Saturday 10am-8pm. Where there are performances on a Sunday, the Box Office will open from 10am until the start of the final performance of the day.

The Garrick Theatre is located on Charing Cross Road, near to Leicester Square in London’s West End. Below you can find information on how to get to the theatre and a map showing the location of the venue.

If you’re driving into the West End to see a show, take advantage of Q-Park’s Theatreland Parking Scheme. Save 50% off parking with Q-Park (after 12pm and for up to 4 hours). To qualify, simply present your Q-Park car park ticket for validation at our box office and the car park machine will automatically charge you half price. For details of locations and prices please visit Q-Park’s website.

Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH.
10am – 7.30pm, Monday to Saturday

Leicester Square (Northern, Piccadilly), Charing Cross (Northern, Bakerloo), Embankment (District, Circle)

Bus Routes
3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 15, 24, 29, 30