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Cape Cod, 1974: shooting on JAWS has stalled. Steven Spielberg’s stars – Robert Shaw, Roy Sheider and Richard Dreyfuss – are stuck on a boat, frustrated by foul weather and a faulty mechanical shark. Awash with alcohol and ambition, three great white males start to bare their teeth.
The Shark Is Broken reveals the hilarious behind-the-scenes drama on one of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters. “You’re going to need a bigger boat.”
An intoxicating combination of behind-the-scenes gossip and contemplation of the nature of popular art.- The Stage
Did I mention waves? Get ready for this play to make some. Do they need a bigger boat? Actually, I think they are going to need a bigger theatre — and soon.- The Times
This play packs plenty of bite.- Metro
This play deserves a life beyond the Fringe; yes, they’re going to need a bigger theatre.- The Arts Desk
Something unexpectedly profound and emotionally serrated lurks below the apparently frothy surface of this dive behind the scenes of the making of JAWS.- The Telegraph
The Ambassadors Theatre opened on 5th June 1913. The theatre presented Deburau in 1921 which saw Ivor Novello making his first stage appearance, Eugene O'Neill's The Emperor Jones starring Paul Robeson, The Mask of Virtue in 1935 which saw the West End stage debut of a 22 year old Vivien Leigh and Spring Meeting in 1938 with Margaret Rutherford. Britain's longest running production The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie opened at The Ambassadors on 25th November 1952 and played here until its 21st Birthday in 1973 when it transferred next door to the larger St Martin's Theatre.