‘Hollywood is a hell hole.
Everything in Hollywood is for sale except the awards, which are for rent.’
John Malkovich makes his return to the stage after 33 years in the world premiere of David Mamet’s ‘Bitter Wheat’, a play about a depraved Hollywood mogul facing allegations of sexual harassment.
Mamet (whose credits include the Pulitzer Prize-winning play ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’) wrote the play last year in response to the Harvey Weinstein scandal, and will direct Malkovich (Johnny English, Of Mice and Men, Being John Malkovich, Dangerous Liaisons) in the leading role of Barney Fein, “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”.
Listed as being “funnier than The Iceman Cometh – more chaos than Richard III, and without all the stupid, so called ‘poetry’”, ‘Bitter Wheat’ “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”.
‘Bitter Wheat’ will run at the Garrick Theatre for a limited season, from 7th June to 14th September.
Tickets for preview performances from 7th to 20th June can be purchased at a reduced rate.
‘Money, sex, power – you only need one of them to see Bitter Wheat’.