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The Shark Is Broken Tickets

Ambassadors Theatre

Go behind the scenes of classic ‘70s film Jaws in this hilarious three-hander, based on actor Robert Shaw’s diaries.

Behind the scenes of a classic

Dive behind the scenes of Jaws, as actor Robert Shaw’s diaries are revisited in a smart and snappy new play. Chronicling the fraught filming schedule led by Steven Spielberg, The Shark Is Broken offers a tantalising glimpse into the making of a classic.

Drawing on material from Shaw’s diaries alongside screenwriter Carl Gottlieb’s book The Jaws Log, The Shark Is Broken is an insightful three-hander about Shaw, Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss, who played Quint, Brody and Hooper in the film.

As the acting trio sit on a boat waiting for their animatronic co-star to be fixed, tension builds and tempers fray - and the drama that plagued the film is almost too absurd to be true.

The Shark Is Broken is co-written by Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon, and directed by Guy Masterson. Shaw also stars as his late father Robert. The play debuted at Edinburgh Festival in 2019, and now transfers to London as part of producer Sonia Friedman’s season at the Ambassadors Theatre.

Malfunctioning sea creatures, arguing actors, and a boat that was definitely too small: snap up The Shark Is Broken tickets for a hilariously nostalgic night at the theatre.

Sorry this show closed 08 February 2022, we recommend these similar productions.

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Performance dates:
08 Feb 2022 - 08 Feb 2022
Running time:
1 hour and 30 minutes.
Age recommendation:
Best for age 14+
Audience Notes:
This production features strong language and reference to alcohol and drugs.

The Shark Is Broken Reviews

150 Reviews
  • 5 Stars65%
  • 4 Stars23%
  • 3 Stars9%
  • 2 Stars1%
  • 1 Stars1%

User Reviews


Good performances all round. Absorbing and engaging three hander. Particularly interesting to have Robert Shaw's son playing his own Dad. Strangely he looked like a cross between his Dad and Michael Palin!

Performance date: 09 December 2021

3 men, playing Schneider, Dreyfuss, and Shaw during filming of Jaws. Set did not change. Some very funny dialogue, and interesting to hear the story. Very believable as playing these real people, b ut not a 5 star show..

Performance date: 08 January 2022

I was pleasantly suprised by this production. It was very witty and brilliantly acted. Written by Ian Shaw (the real life son of Richard Shaw who appeared in the original Jaws movie) I was especially impressed by him. You don't have to know the mo Read more

Performance date: 09 February 2022
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