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The Shark Is Broken Tickets

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.

Performance dates: 08 Feb 2022 - 08 Feb 2022

Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes (no interval)

Age recommendation: Best for age 14+

Special notice: This production features strong language and reference to alcohol and drugs.

Best Seats

SeatPlan Recommends: Seats towards the front of the Circle provide the best overall view of The Shark is Broken due to the impressive use of projection throughout. The ship, where the bulk of the action takes place, is located towards the right-hand side of the stage, so choose seats on the left-hand side of the auditorium. where possible, for the best view.

Latest Audience Reviews

Good performances all round. Absorbing and engaging three hander. Particularly interesting to have Robert... More

leepeddie 13 Dec 2021

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!

leepeddie 13 Dec 2021

3 men, playing Schneider, Dreyfuss, and Shaw during filming of Jaws. Set did not change. Some very... More

daves3 14 Jan 2022

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..

daves3 14 Jan 2022

I was pleasantly suprised by this production. It was very witty and brilliantly acted. Written by Ian... More

joc78 Top 10 reviewer13 Feb 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 movie Jaws to get this play but it does help.

joc78 Top 10 reviewer13 Feb 2022

Brilliant. Funny and poignant. Superbly acted, felt like you were watching the original film cast from... More

kevinstreet 29 May 2022

Brilliant. Funny and poignant. Superbly acted, felt like you were watching the original film cast from back in the day from the minute they stepped on stage.

kevinstreet 29 May 2022

Really fun and carried by three excellent performances. Not particularly deep, but has a few moments... More

jimd3 24 May 2022

Really fun and carried by three excellent performances. Not particularly deep, but has a few moments of poignancy and of course, if you live Jaws, there’s some interesting insight into the atmosphere behind the scenes.

jimd3 24 May 2022

A fantastic show with an amazing performance from all the cast,if you are a fan of the movie jaws then... More

andrews88 02 Feb 2022

A fantastic show with an amazing performance from all the cast,if you are a fan of the movie jaws then this is a must see. Ian shaw as his own father is a real treat.

andrews88 02 Feb 2022
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