There may be a whiff of sensationalised cliché to this world premiere of Bitter Wheat, but no matter. Mamet’s subject is timely and relevant and Malkovich’s performance is electrifying.
Carrying on a new series, our editor Lisa Martland has picked out her Top Picks from the last week including Anne Cox’s thoughts on Present Laughter, while Aleks Sierz reports from Bitter Wheat.
Bitter Wheat, the most controversial play of the year, is almost certainly also going to be the worst.
Bitter Wheat is not only frustratingly irresponsible in its treatment of the events that led to the #MeToo movement, it is also a poorly constructed drama.
I will give Bitter Wheat the benefit of doubt, maybe Mamet will write a sensitive portrayal from the women’s point of view but based on his previous work I am sceptical.
The multi award-winning actor John Malkovich returns to the West End stage after nearly 30 years to play Barney Fein, a top dog Hollywood producer in Bitter Wheat, a new play by the legendary author, director and playwright David Mamet.