Bitter Wheat
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Bitter Wheat
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After 33 years, John Malkovich returns to the West End stage to star in David Mamet's new play.

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Critic Reviews (10)

London Theatre
June 19th, 2019

For a play that sets its stall as a black comedy, however, it is no laughing matter - in any sense.
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The Telegraph (UK)
June 19th, 2019

Malkovich re-affirms his idiosyncratic charm and nonchalant aura. It’s great to see him but he’s not enough to tip the balance fully in the evening’s favour.
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The Guardian (UK)
June 19th, 2019

John Malkovich works overtime to squeeze depth into David Mamet’s predatory Hollywood tycoon Barney Fein.
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What's On Stage (UK)
June 19th, 2019

And then he's written Bitter Wheat, which is not really a play at all but an unfocused and tawdry howl of anger which unforgivably wastes the talents of its greatest asset, its leading man John Malkovich.
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The Times (UK)
June 20th, 2019

That’s not reason enough to see this half-cooked show. Even at its misjudged worst, though, it’s too bizarre to be boring.
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The London Evening Standard
June 20th, 2019

David Mamet’s new play is billed as a dark farce and an attempt to examine the #MeToo movement from an unfamiliar angle. But instead of prompting nuanced discussion, it has the rancid smell of clickbait.
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The Stage (UK)
June 19th, 2019

Flabby, cynical and pointless...Malkovich, a brilliant actor, isn’t brilliant here. He delivers everything in an unceasing monotone, like someone doing some drilling next door.
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The Arts Desk
June 20th, 2019

Malkovich monologue is more chaff than wheat...the most controversial play of the year is shaping up to be the worst
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