Rehearsals have begun for David Mamet’s new play which begins performances at the Garrick Theatre on the 7th June.

David Mamet (c)Helen Maybanks.

This world premiere production of Bitter Wheat, directed by David Mamet stars John Malkovich as Barney Fein, Doon Mackichan as Sondra and Ioanna Kimbook as Yung Kim Li with Alexander Arnold as Roberto, Teddy Kempner as Doctor Wald, Matthew Pidgeon as The Writer and Zephryn Taitte as Charles Arthur Brown. 

(c)Helen Maybanks

Beginning performances at the Garrick Theatre from the 7th June, Bitter Wheat is the playwright’s first new play since China Doll, which premiered on Broadway in 2015, starring Al Pacino. This production also marks John Malkovich’s return to the stage for the first time in thirty three years.

(c)Helen Maybanks.

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.

(c)Helen Maybanks.

John Malkovich is best known recently for directing productions including Good Canary at the Rose Theatre in Kingston in 2016 and recently starring as Hercule Poirot in a new version of the ABC Murders on the BBC.

Doon Mackichan, is well known for her extensive TV work which includes creating and starring in the hit comedy series Smack the Ponyfor Channel 4, Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge, Plebs for ITV2 and Two Doors Down for the BBC.

(c)Helen Maybanks

Ioanna Kimbook makes her debut West End performance in Bitter Wheat.  Ioanna recently filmed an episode of the BBC comedy, Inside No. 9.

Alexander Arnold’s recent theatre credits include Shopping and F***ing at the Lyric Hammersmith, Crushed Shells and Mud at Southwark Playhouse, and Luna Gale and Four Minutes Twelve Seconds at Hampstead Theatre. 

Teddy Kempner’s extensive theatre work includes Caroline, or Change at the Playhouse, Hampstead Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre, A Month in the Country and Six Pictures of Lee Miller in Chichester and The Merry Wives of Windsor, Three Sisters and Nicholas Nickleby for the RSC. 

Matthew Pidgeon’s theatre credits include Local Hero and The Glass Menagerie at the Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh;  This House in Chichester West End and on tour,  Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies for the RSC and The James Plays for the National Theatre of Scotland. 

Zephryn Taitte has just completed a major tour of Glengarry Glen Ross.  Other theatre includes Trust at the Gate Theatre, Result at the Pleasance Theatre, The Tempest and Romeo and Juliet at Oval House and Talawa’s production of The Crucible. 

(c)Helen Maybanks.

The production features designs by Christopher Oram and lighting by Neil Austin. It is being produced by Jeffrey Richards, Steve Traxler and Smith & BrantTheatricals.

Bitter Wheat will play at the Garrick Theatre from the 7th June. To  book tickets click here or visit: See TicketsLove Theatre.comTheatre Tickets Direct.co.uk, Encore Tickets, Last Minute.com, West End Theatre Breaks or From the Box Office