About the show
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 forThe 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+