News of the casting comes as the cast begin rehearsals, ahead of the production opening for previews at the Garrick Theatre from the 7th June.
Joining the previously announced John Malkovich as Barney Fein, Doon Mackichan as Sondra and Ioanna Kimbrook as Yung Kim Li, the cast is also set to include: Alexander Arnold as Roberto, Teddy Kempner as Doctor Wald, Matthew Pidgeon as The Writer and Zephryn Taitte as Charles Arthur Brown.
Written and directed by David Mamet, it is the playwright’s first new play since China Doll, which premiered on Broadway in 2015, starring Al Pacino. This world premiere production also sees John Malkovich returning to the stage for the first time in thirty three years.
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.
As well as being directed by David Mamet, the creative team for the production includes: designs by Christopher Oram and lighting by Neil Austin. Bitter Wheat is produced by Jeffrey Richards, Steve Traxler and Smith & Brant Theatricals.
Bitter Wheat will play at the Garrick Theatre from the 7th June. To book tickets click here or visit: See Tickets, Love Theatre.com, Theatre Tickets Direct.co.uk, Encore Tickets, Last Minute.com, West End Theatre Breaks or From the Box Office.