The Shark is Broken

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Ambassadors Theatre

Sat 9 Oct 2021 - Sat 15 Jan 2022

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1 hour 30 minutes
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Dive into the drama behind the scenes of Jaws!

Ambassadors Theatre

Sat 9 Oct 2021 - Sat 15 Jan 2022
West St, London WC2H 9ND
1 hour 30 minutes
Mon - Sat at 19:30
Thu and Sat at 14:30
No show on Christmas Day, Mon 27 Dec or New Year's Day
Age guidance Age recommendation: 14+ This production features strong language and reference to alcohol and drugs
For group bookings of 10 or more:

Cape Cod, 1974: shooting on ‘Jaws’ has stalled. The film’s lead actors – Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss – are stuck on a boat, at the mercy of foul weather and a faulty mechanical co-star. Awash with alcohol and ambition, three hammered sharks start to bare their teeth…

Ian Shaw (War Horse and Common, National Theatre) will star as his father Robert Shaw. He will be joined by Liam Murray Scott as Richard Dreyfuss (reprising the role he performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019), and Demetri Goritsas (ear for eye, Royal Court; Black Mirror, Netflix) as Roy Scheider.

An intoxicating combination of behind-the-scenes gossip and contemplation of the nature of popular art.
- The Stage

Directed by Guy Masterson, The Shark is Broken reveals the hilarious and moving behind-the-scenes drama on one of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters.

After a sell-out, critically acclaimed premiere at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe, Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon’s brilliantly funny play will arrive in the West End from 9 October 2021.

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What the critics say

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

Ambassadors Theatre

West St, London WC2H 9ND
Leicester Square
Box Office Opening Hours: 10am - 8pm
Please note that there is no step free access to the box office.
There is a bar on both levels. The Circle bar opens 75 minutes before the performance starts and is for use by all patrons. The Stalls bar opens 30 minutes before the show starts. Each bar closes once the performance has started and reopens for the interval. Drinks in plastic cups may be taken into the auditorium.

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 1974 when it transferred next door to the larger St Martin's Theatre.

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Ambassadors Theatre

Sat 9 Oct 2021 - Sat 15 Jan 2022
West St, London WC2H 9ND
1 hour 30 minutes
Mon - Sat at 19:30
Thu and Sat at 14:30
No show on Christmas Day, Mon 27 Dec or New Year's Day
Age guidance Age recommendation: 14+ This production features strong language and reference to alcohol and drugs
For group bookings of 10 or more: