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The Shark is Broken

Ambassadors Theatre

Sat 9 Oct 2021 - Sun 13 Feb 2022

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Ian Shaw gives ‘one of the most exhilarating performances of the year’ (Evening Standard) in the critically acclaimed smash-hit play ‘wildly entertaining, deliriously funny’ The Shark is Broken.

Martha’s Vineyard, 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 is "absolutely spellbinding" (Daily Mail) as his father Robert Shaw. Liam Murray Scott "brings Richard Dreyfuss superbly to life" (The Times), and Demetri Goritsas is "pitch-perfect" (Metro) as Roy Scheider. "Astutely directed" (Whatsonstage) by Guy Masterson, The Shark is Broken reveals the hilarious and moving behind-the-scenes drama on one of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters, Jaws.

Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon’s "utterly splendid new comedy" ★★★★ (Whatsonstage) is now playing in the West End for a strictly limited season.

The Times ★★★★★
"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."

Metro ★★★★★
“This play packs plenty of bite.”

The Arts Desk ★★★★★
“This play deserves a life beyond the Fringe; yes, they’re going to need a bigger theatre”

The Telegraph ★★★★
“Something unexpectedly profound and emotionally serrated lurks below the apparently frothy surface of this dive behind the scenes of the making of JAWS."

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