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The Shark is Broken - Acclaimed play reveals the behind-the-scenes drama on Steven Spielberg’s Jaws

Friday, October 08, 2021 Craig Grobler 0 Comments

The Shark is Broken
The Shark is Broken

Finally, it is happening, after a long swim and delays, the Shark is back! Ian Shaw's The Shark Is Broken - the five-star, sold-out smash hit of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe transfers to the West End for a strictly limited run.

Like many of my ilk, I am a huge fan of Steven Spielberg's Jaws, for me, it is the ultimate horror film. However, the production was plagued by many issues, that are well documented, least of all the growing tension in the relationship between the stars of the film. If you can do yourself a favour and pick up a copy of Carl Gottlieb's The Jaws Log. It is a fantastic diary of the production of Jaws.

So when I first heard about actor Ian Shaw, the son of actress Mary Ure and the Legendary Robert Shaw putting together a theatrical production of the making of Jaws I was immediately on board. It has been a long road but finally, The Shark is Broken is opening in London this October and I cannot wait to experience it.

One of the most entertaining evenings times I have had was attending an immersive screening of Jaws by the Jameson Cult Film Club and ending up having a drink with "Quint" at the bar. 

Sonia Friedman Productions is delighted to announce new dates for The Shark is Broken at the Ambassadors Theatre after the production was postponed last year due to the pandemic. Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon’s brilliantly funny play will now run in the West End from 9 October for 14 Weeks.

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…

A sell-out, critically acclaimed hit of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019, The Shark is Broken reveals the hilarious and moving behind-the-scenes drama on one of Hollywood’s all-time biggest blockbusters, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws. The play is co-written by Robert Shaw’s son Ian, who also plays his father, and Joseph Nixon. Guy Masterson directs with the full cast and creative team to be announced soon.

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.

    The Establishing Shot: The Shark is Broken - Acclaimed play reveals the behind-the-scenes drama on Steven Spielberg’s Jaws                

The Shark is Broken
The Shark is Broken is written by Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon, directed by Guy Masterson, set and costume are by Duncan Henderson, lighting is by Jon Clark, sound and music are by Adam Cork and video is by Nina Dunn. Casting is by Julia Horan CDG.

Hair, Wigs and Makeup are by Carole Hancock, the Associate Director will be Martha Geelan, the Costume Associate will be Deborah Andrews and the Associate Lighting Designer will be Simisola Majekodunmi.

The Shark is Broken

Ambassadors Theatre, West St, London WC2H 9ND

First performance: 9 October 2021
Final performance: 15 January 2022
Performance schedule: Monday – Friday at 7.30pm; Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

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