The Shark is Broken will play a strictly limited run at the Ambassadors Theatre in the West End

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, frustrated by foul weather and a faulty mechanical co-star. Awash with alcohol and ambition, three great white sharks start to bare their teeth…

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

Sonia Friedman Productions has announced its second production at the Ambassadors Theatre in 2020. 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 May 11th. Tickets will be on general sale from £10 this Friday.

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

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


Sonia Friedman Productions presents
The Shark is Broken
Written by Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon
Directed by Guy Masterson
Set and Costume by Duncan Henderson
Lighting by Neil Austin & Jamie Platt
Sound and Music by Adam Cork
Video by Nina Dunn

Ambassadors Theatre
West St, London WC2H 9ND

First performance: 11th May 2020
Final performance: 18th July 2020
Opening Night: 19th May at 7.30pm
Performance schedule: Monday – Friday at 7.30pm; Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
0843 904 0061
Tickets from £10
Twitter@Shark_Broken @SFPAmbassadors