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Images released of John Malkovich and the cast rehearsing David Mamet's Bitter Wheat

Bitter Wheat company. Photo credit: Helen Maybanks.

Casting news

IMAGES have been released of John Malkovich and the cast rehearsing Bitter Wheat. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: Full casting has been announced for David Mamet’s new play Bitter Wheat, which opens at the Garrick Theatre on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, following preview performance from Friday, June 7.

The run, which was originally scheduled to finish on September 14, now finishes on Saturday, September 21, 2019.

Joining the previously announced John Malkovich as Barney Fein, Doon Mackichan as Sondra and Ioanna Kimbrook as Yung Kim Li are: Alexander Arnold as Roberto, Teddy Kempner as Doctor Wald, Matthew Pidgeon as The Writer and Zephryn Taitte as Charles Arthur Brown.

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. His TV credits include the BAFTA nominated and RTS Award-winning drama series, Save Me, for Sky Atlantic and E4’s Skins and A Mother’s Son. He will also appear in Danny Boyle’s film Yesterday.

Teddy Kempner’s extensive theatre work includes Caroline, or Change at the Playhouse Theatre, 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. His films include Truly Madly Deeply and Yentl.

Matthew Pidgeon’s theatre credits include Local Hero and The Glass Menagerie at the Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, This House in Chichester, the 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. His films include Mary Queen of Scots, State and Main and A Shot of Glory.

Zephryn Taitte has just completed a major tour of Glengarry Glen Ross. His other theatre credits include Trust at the Gate Theatre, Result at the Pleasance Theatre, The Tempest and Romeo and Juliet at the Ovalhouse and Talawa’s production of The Crucible. His screen work includes No Shade, Dirty Money, Run it Off and White (film); Call the Midwife, Urban Myths, The Hour and Brothers With No Game (TV).

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.

Barney Fein is a bloated monster – a studio head, who, like his predecessor, the minotaur, devours the young he has lured to 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.

Produced by Jeffrey Richards, Steve Traxler and Smith & Brant Theatricals, Bitter Wheat is directed by David Mamet, with designs by Christopher Oram and lighting by Neil Austin.

Image: The Company of Bitter Wheat. Photo credit: Helen Maybanks.