The Shark is Broken, London Theatre Show

The Shark is Broken tickets at the Ambassadors Theatre, London

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 tickets at the Ambassadors Theatre, London are available to book until 13 February 2022.

What is The Shark is Broken about?

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 is in The Shark is Broken London cast?

Ian Shaw (War Horse and Common, National Theatre) plays his father Robert Shaw alongside Liam Murray Scott as Richard Dreyfuss(reprising the role he performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019), and Demetri Goritsas (ear for eye, Royal Court; Black Mirror, Netflix) as Roy Scheider


Reviews of The Shark is Broken

★★★★★ "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
★★★★  Average review score

Show Information

Age restrictions
14+
Running time
1 hour 30 minutes (no interval)
Performance dates
Booking to 13 February 2022

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Important Notes

Please note: This production features strong language and reference to alcohol and drugs


Venue Information

Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, London, 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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Jaws comedy ‘The Shark is Broken’ extends in London
London's latest comedy The Shark is Broken extends its booking period until February 2022, due to popular demand. Tickets for the extended booking period are now on-sale. Currently playing to a packed house at the Ambassadors Theatre in the heart of London's theatre-land, the new comedy is a hilarious behind-the-scenes drama about the filming of Steven Spielberg's 1974 blockbuster film JAWS. Producer Sonia Friedman said today ‘It’s with immense pride and joy that we’re announcing this extension of ‘The Shark is Broken’ at the Ambassador’s Theatre - put simply, we’re gonna need a bigger run! Having been suspended for 16 months in 2020, just before rehearsals were due to commence, it’s fantastic that this new play has finally opened in the West End to such a rapturous response, with our dedicated audiences travelling from all over the UK to see this entertaining yet profound look behind the scenes of one of the most famous films ever made.’  Written by Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon, The Shark is Broken follows the films lead actors – Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss – as they wait for their carnivorous mechanical co-star to be fixed. Stuck on a boat, and fuelled by alcohol, rivalry and ambition, these three great whites start to bare their teeth. Check our the production images for The Shark is Broken Co-writer Ian Shaw plays his father Robert Shaw alongside Liam Murray Scott as Richard Dreyfuss and Demetri Goritsas as Roy Scheider. The Shark is Broken is directed by Guy Masterson with set and costume by Duncan Henderson, lighting by Neil Austin & Jamie Platt, sound and music by Adam Cork and video by Nina Dunn. The Shark is Broken is booking until 14 February 2022 at The Ambassadors Theatre, London.
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JAWS comedy ‘The Shark is Broken’ to open in West End this October
New dates have been confirmed for the West End transfer of The Shark is Broken, now opening this October at The Ambassadors Theatre in London. Written by Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon, The Shark is Broken is a hilarious, behind the scenes drama about the filming of Steven Spielberg's 1974 blockbuster film JAWS. The play follows the films lead actors – Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss – as they wait for their carnivorous mechanical co-star to be fixed. Stuck on a boat, and fuelled by alcohol, rivalry and ambition, these three great whites start to bare their teeth. Ian Shaw (Johnny English Reborn) will play his father Robert Shaw with full casting to be announced. The production was previously scheduled to transfer to the West End in May2020 however this was postponed due to the pandemic. Demetri Goritsas (The Bourne Identity, Saving Private Ryan) and Liam Murray Scott (Richard III) were previously announced to play Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss in the postponed 2020 production. The comedy premiered to five-star critical acclaimed at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2019 and is presented in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions. The Shark is Broken is directed by Guy Masterson with set & costume by Duncan Henderson, lighting by Neil Austin & Jamie Platt, sound and music by Adam Cork and video by Nina Dunn. The Shark is Broken is booking until 15 January 2022 at the Ambassadors Theatre, London.

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