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After its initial Scottish run a couple of years ago, the show is currently running in London for a strictily limited season. Written by Ian Shaw (one of the film’s stars’ son) and Joseph Nixon, the story features the movie’s three main actors stuck on a boat during the shooting of Spielberg’s first blockbuster – leading to an awkward, intoxicated and hilarious situation.

Let yourself be transported into a world of peace and calmness… suddenly disrupted by a violent wave of carnage and bloodbaths. There are thrills, and scares, and horror… and once in a while some mechanical fish which just won’t work. But that’s the last concern in our list, since we are dealing with some major, even gigantic, most disturbing problems here – the making of a movie! After its first incursion on the stage a couple of years ago at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Shark is Broken has finally landed on the West End – where it will be staying for a strictly limited run, and whose production photos have just been launched.

Set in Martha’s Vyneard during the mid-70s, the play tells the hilarous story about the creation of Steven Spielberg’s first blockbuster film. Stuck on a boat, in the hands of unmerciful weather as their automaton co-star refuses to cooperate, the soon-to-be drunk colleagues are about to let their inner sharks come out… and bare their teeth. Written by Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon, the cast includes Ian Shaw (War Horse and Common, National Theatre) playing his own father Robert Shaw, while Liam Murray Scott is Richard Dreyfuss (reprising the role) and Demetri Goritsas (ear for eye, Royal Court; Black Mirror, Netflix) is Roy Scheider. 

Directed by Guy Masterson, the production features set and costume designs by Duncan Henderson and lighting by Jon Clark,. The creative team also includes Adam Cork for Sound and Music, Nina Dunn for Video, Carole Hancock for Hair, Wigs and Make-up and Martha Geelan as associate director. The show is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Scott Landis, GFour Productions, Larry Magid and Tulchin Bartner Productions, in association with Jane Bergère.

The Shark is Broken is currently running at the Ambassador’s Theatre and will be concluding on January 15th – with performances from Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm and Thursday & Saturday matinees at 2.30 pm. Tickets can be purchased on the following link.

By Guillermo Názara