NEWS: The Shark is Broken to Play at the Ambassadors Theatre

Written by Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon, the play was originally set to play in the West End last year but was postponed by the pandemic.

Sonia Friedman Productions has announced new dates for The Shark is Broken which will now play at the Ambassadors Theatre from the 9th October until the 15th January.

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…

Written by Ian Shaw (who plays his father in the production) and Joseph Nixon, The Shark is Broken was first seen at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2019 and explores the behind-the-scenes drama on one of Hollywood’s all-time biggest blockbusters, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws. Guy Masterson is set to direct, with full cast and creative team to be announced soon.

Talking about the news 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.”

Meanwhile, Sonia Friedman commented: “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!”

The Shark is Broken will play at the Ambassadors Theatre from the 9th October until the 15th January. To book tickets visit: Love, Theatre Tickets, London Theatre Direct, From the Box Office or Last

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