The Shark Is Broken announces West End run

5 February 2020


Sonia Friedman Productions announces West End transfer of The Shark Is Broken. Written by Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon and directed by Guy Masterson, the sell-out, smash hit of Edinburgh Fringe 2019 transfers to the West End for a strictly limited run from 11 May 2020. Taking audiences behind-the-scenes of the iconic blockbuster Jaws, this is the 2nd production that SFP has announced at the Ambassadors Theatre this year.

Sonia Friedman Productions announces West End transfer of The Shark Is Broken. Written by Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon and directed by Guy Masterson, the sell-out, smash hit of Edinburgh Fringe 2019 transfers to the West End for a strictly limited run from 11 May 2020. Taking audiences behind-the-scenes of the iconic blockbuster Jaws, this is the 2nd production that SFP has announced at the Ambassadors Theatre this year.

Co-written by Robert Shaw’s son Ian, this brilliantly funny, deeply moving new play imagines what happened on board the Orca when the camers stopped rolling. Ian Shaw stars as his father Robert Shaw, alongside Demetri Goritsas as Roy Scheider and Liam Murray Scott as Richard Dreyfuss. Tickets are on general sale this Friday from £10. Over 500 tickets per week will be available at £27.50 or under.

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 is delighted to announce 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.

★★★★
‘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.’
The Times

★★★★★
‘This play packs plenty of bite.’
Metro

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

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

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