The Shark is Broken 2021 West End cast, tickets and dates

Ian Shaw. Photo Nick Driftwood (3)

Here’s all you need to know about the The Shark is Broken’s run in London’s West End.

The hit play which previously ran at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2019 is currently playing at the Ambassadors Theatre with tickets on sale now here.


After being postponed due to the pandemic, the show opened in October and is now booking through to 13 February 2022.

Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon’s brilliantly funny play takes audiences behind the scenes of the iconic blockbuster Jaws.

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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…

A sell-out, critically acclaimed hit of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019, The Shark is Broken reveals the hilarious and moving behind-the-scenes drama on one of Hollywood’s all-time biggest blockbusters, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws.

The play is co-written by Robert Shaw’s son Ian and Joseph Nixon.

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.

Guy Masterson directs with set and costume by Duncan Henderson, lighting by Jon Clark, sound and music by Adam Cork and video by Nina Dunn. Casting is by Julia Horan CDG.

The Associate Director will be Martha Geelan, the Associate Lighting Designer will be Simisola Majekodunmi and the Costume Associate will be Deborah Andrews.

Ian Shaw said: “I first watched Jaws when I was about eight. I loved it, even though it terrified me! Like many others, sharks inhabited my dreams, and swimming was off the menu.

“Over forty years later, the prospect of playing my father in a play that Joseph and I wrote, and bringing to light the off-screen intrigue and comedy that went into the making of a masterpiece, is a unique and very special one.”

Producer Sonia Friedman added: “Jaws was made against all odds, and became one of the greatest films of all time. So, we always knew we had to bring this brilliantly original play to the Ambassadors Theatre in spite of everything.

“Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon deliver a hilarious and uniquely personal perspective on one of the most legendary moments in film history, bringing three Hollywood icons to life onstage. Hysterically funny and oddly profound, The Shark Is Broken is the sort of unexpected gem you only find at the Edinburgh Fringe, and I cannot wait to share it with West End audiences – at last!”

Picture: Ian Shaw. Photo Nick Driftwood

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