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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.

Performance dates:
08 Feb 2022 - 08 Feb 2022
Running time:
1 hour and 30 minutes.
Ambassadors Theatre (See map)
Age recommendation:
Best for age 14+
Audience Notes:
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.

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

    leepeddie's avatar
    leepeddie Top 100 reviewer 13 Dec 2021

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

    daves3's avatar
    daves3 14 Jan 2022

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

    joc78's avatar
    joc78 Top 10 reviewer 13 Feb 2022

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

    kevinstreet's avatar
    kevinstreet 29 May 2022

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

    jimd3's avatar
    jimd3 24 May 2022

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

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    andrews88 02 Feb 2022
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