The Shark is Broken Tickets

Ambassadors Theatre, London
The Shark is Broken
Ambassadors Theatre, London
Our Review 3 / 5

The breakout hit of the 2019 Edinburgh Festival, The Shark is Broken is a hilarious and fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the disastrous shoot for what became an iconic blockbuster: Steven Spielberg’s movie Jaws. Now, this show is set to make a splash in the West End, so start planning your trip and get booking. The Shark is Broken tickets are available on London Theatre now. 

The Shark is Broken play takes us back to 1974, when Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss were filming onboard a boat named the Orca. The drama was meant to be all about the fictional hunt for a ferocious great white shark off the coast of New England, but another drama was brewing thanks to backstage issues. The mechanical shark in Jaws kept breaking down, leaving the actors waiting for hours, stranded in stormy weather in the Atlantic Ocean.

This compelling true story comes courtesy of Ian Shaw, son of Robert Shaw, who co-wrote the play with Joseph Nixon. In The Shark is Broken, Shaw portrays his father, Robert. Ian Shaw relates the tensions he witnessed on set, as the relationships between the three star actors broke down during the stress of the delayed shoot, and Robert Shaw’s alcoholism became a serious problem. The Shark is Broken cast is completed by Liam Murray Scott and Demetri Goritsas.

Like many of us, Ian Shaw remembers the film Jaws as a formative experience — and one that made him terrified to go swimming for some time afterwards. But it’s also a fond memory of his father at work. That combination of thriller and homage, existential drama and industry comedy, is what made the show such a success in Edinburgh when it premiered there two years ago, and will doubtless do the same for The Shark is Broken West End run.

The show is directed by Guy Masterson and brought into town by super-producer Sonia Friedman. It’s a welcome promotion for the show that the team realised was gonna need a bigger theatre. In fact, The Shark is Broken was first announced as part of a West End season bringing new works and new voices to the London stage. So, for a play with real bite, book The Shark is Broken tickets now.

Tickets to The Shark is Broken are available now. Book your The Shark is Broken tickets on London Theatre.

Pre Visit Requirements (ATG)


We recommend that you wear a mask while inside this venue.

Proof of vaccine and/or test

You are required to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test or proof of vaccination in order to attend this performance.

Health check

When you arrive at this venue, you may be asked to fill out a health questionnaire or have your temperature taken.

Covid safety

This venue has additional Covid-19 safety measures in place to ensure the health and well-being of the staff, performers, and guests.

This venue is complying with the latest industry 'See It Safely' guidelines.

Previews from |
9th October 2021
Opening date |
19th October 2021
Booking from |
9th October 2021
Available until |
15th January 2022
Closes |
15th January 2022
Run time |
1 hour 10 minutes (No Interval)
Categories |
For ages 12+
Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon
Guy Masterson
Songs by:
Adam Cork
Neil Austin & Jamie Platt
Adam Cork
Duncan Henderson
Duncan Anderson
Cast list:
Ian Shaw, Demetri Goritsas, Liam Murray Scott

Ambassadors Theatre Venue Information

Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, London, WC2H 9ND
Nearest tube:
Leicester Square

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Latest The Shark is Broken News & Features

Photo credit: Liam Murray Scott, Ian Shaw, and Demetri Goritsas (Photos by Kim Hardy Photography, Nick Driftwood and Helen Murray)
‘The Shark is Broken’ Jaws comedy announces full West End casting
Tuesday, 07 September, 2021, 11:11
Ahead of the anticipated West End premiere of The Shark is Broken, which was due to open in 2020, the full cast has been named. The Shark is Broken is at the Ambassadors Theatre from 9 October - 15 January, and The Shark is Broken tickets are on sale now. Ian Shaw will play the role of his father Robert Shaw, who starred in the Jaws movie, which was released in 1975. Liam Murray Scott makes his West End role as Richard Dreyfuss, with eye for eye's Demetri...
‘The Shark is Broken’ to open at Ambassadors Theatre in October 
Tuesday, 29 June, 2021, 11:28
After The Shark is Broken was forced to postpone its West End premiere, new dates have been found for the Jaws drama. The Shark is Broken will now run at the Ambassadors Theatre from 9 October - 15 Jan. 2022. The Shark is Broken is written by Jaws star Robert Shaw’s son Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon. It’s inspired by the creation of Jaws, following three cast members stuck on a boat while filming has stalled. Luck begins to turn though when three great white sharks appear out...
Behind-the-scenes Jaws drama The Shark is Broken to transfer to Ambassadors Theatre
Wednesday, 05 February, 2020, 12:42
As part of Sonia Friedman Productions season at the Ambassadors Theatre, The Shark is Broken will transfer to the West End this May. First performed at the Edinburgh Fringe last year, the play gives a behind-the-scenes look into the 1970s film and what happened when the cameras stopped rolling on one of Hollywood's biggest blockbuster. Written by Jaws star Robert Shaw’s son Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon, The Shark is Broken sees three Jaws cast members as they're stuck...
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