The Shark Is Broken at Ambassadors Theatre tickets
The Shark Is Broken at Ambassadors Theatre tickets

The Shark Is Broken

About the show

Please note that The Shark Is Broken has been postponed in response to government advice regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). It is expected to be rescheduled at a later date.

Take a dive into the story behind monster movie Jaws, as actor Robert Shaw’s diaries are brought to life in a hilarious new show at the Ambassadors Theatre. Chronicling the famously fraught filming schedule led by Steven Spielberg, The Shark Is Broken offers a tantalising glimpse at the making of a classic.

Drawing on material from Robert Shaw’s diaries alongside screenwriter Carl Gottlieb’s book The Jaws Log, The Shark Is Broken is an insightful three-hander about actors Shaw, Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss, who played shark hunter Quint, police chief Brody and marine biologist Hooper.

With tension behind the scenes and a series of setbacks including saltwater-shy animatronic sharks and haemorrhaging budgets, the drama behind the story is almost too absurd to be true.

The Shark Is Broken debuted at Edinburgh Festival in 2019. Having been picked by producer Sonia Friedman as part of her season at the Ambassadors Theatre, the show transfers to London with co-writers Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon, director Guy Masterson, and set and costume designer Duncan Henderson.

The cast includes Ian Shaw, who reprises his role as his late father Robert.

Malfunctioning sharks, bad weather, and a boat that was definitely too small: catch The Shark Is Broken at the Ambassadors Theatre from 11 May 2020.

Recommended for

The Shark Is Broken offers an entertaining glimpse into the Hollywood machine behind Jaws, which will fascinate those who’ve laughed at or hidden from the famously creaky on-screen monster.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 12+

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Dates and times

Running time: 1 hour 10 minutes (no interval)
Opened: 11 May 2020
Press night: 19 May 2020
Booking from: 11 May 2021
Booking until: 18 Jul 2021

Seating plan

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Location and map

Ambassadors Theatre
West Street
London, WC2H 9ND

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