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About the show

Please note that performances of The Shark Is Broken have been postponed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The production is expected to be rescheduled at a later date.

On a boat in the middle of the ocean, an award-winning director and his crew are trying to wrestle an animatronic shark into position… and the actors are getting snappy. Based on Robert Shaw’s personal diaries, new comedy The Shark Is Broken tells the tale of the making of Jaws.

Focusing on the three leading male actors in Steven Spielberg’s iconic blockbuster – Robert Shaw, Roy Sheider and Richard Dreyfuss - this hilariously improbable behind-the-scenes story includes malfunctioning sharks, uncooperative weather conditions and clashing egos.

The Shark Is Broken transfers to the West End after a critically acclaimed run at Edinburgh Festival in 2019, with the support of Sonia Friedman Productions.

Helmed by director Guy Masterson, the show is co-written by Robert Shaw’s son Ian, and Joseph Nixon, using material from Shaw’s diaries and screenwriter Carl Gottlieb’s book The Jaws Log.

Edinburgh casting included Ian Shaw as his father Robert, Liam Murray Scott as Richard Dreyfuss and Duncan Henderson as Roy Schieder. Ian Shaw is confirmed to return for the Ambassadors Theatre season.

Forget the shark – the actors are the ones baring their teeth in this fascinating new play. Catch The Shark Is Broken at the Ambassadors Theatre from 11 May 2020.

Who Should See It?

The Shark Is Broken is a riotous tribute to the trials and tribulations of Hollywood film-making that will draw out nostalgia and laughs from audiences who fondly remember the first time they saw Jaws swim onto the screen.

Playing at

Ambassadors Theatre
West Street
Seating Plan

Ambassadors Theatre seating plan

Booking period

11th May 2021

17th May 2021

18th Jul 2021

Running time

1 hour 10 minutes (no interval)


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