The Shark is Broken

The Shark is Broken

Ambassadors Theatre, London

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A brilliantly funny play taking audiences behind the scenes of the iconic blockbuster film JAWS

A sell-out, critically acclaimed hit of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019, The Shark is Broken reveals the hilarious and moving behind-the-scenes drama on one of Hollywood’s all-time biggest blockbusters, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws.  The play is co-written by Robert Shaw’s son Ian, who also plays his father, and Joseph Nixon, with direction by Guy Masterson.

The Shark is Broken is booking from 9 October 2021 until 15 January 2022 at the Ambassadors Theatre, London.

What’s the Story?

Cape Cod, 1974: shooting on ‘Jaws’ has stalled. The film’s lead actors – Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss – are stuck on a boat, at the mercy of foul weather and a faulty mechanical co-star. Awash with alcohol and ambition, three hammered sharks start to bare their teeth…

Who’s in it? The Shark is Broken Cast

The cast will feature Ian Shaw with further casting to be revealed.


★★★★★ ‘Did I mention waves? Get ready for this play to make some. Do they need a bigger boat? Actually, I think they are going to need a bigger theatre — and soon.‘ The Times
★★★★★ ‘This play packs plenty of bite.‘ Metro
★★★★ ‘Something unexpectedly profound and emotionally serrated lurks below the apparently frothy surface of this dive behind the scenes of the making of JAWS.‘ The Telegraph
★★★★ ‘This play deserves a life beyond the Fringe; yes, they’re going to need a bigger theatre.‘ – The Arts Desk
★★★★ ‘An intoxicating combination of behind-the-scenes gossip and contemplation of the nature of popular art‘ – The Stage

Venue Information

Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, WC2H 9ND
Nearest Tube or Train: Leicester Square (Northern line, Piccadilly line)
Nearest Buses: 14, 19, 22, 24, 29, 38, 40, 176

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