Edinburgh Fringe sell-out The Shark Is Broken, telling the behind-the-scenes story of Steven Spielberg‘s classic 1975 film thriller Jaws, transfers to the West End’s Ambassadors Theatre for a limited season from 11 May to 18 July 2020.
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. It’s co-written by Joseph Nixon and Ian Shaw, the son of Robert who also plays his father alongside Demetri Goritsas as Roy Scheider and Liam Murray Scott as Richard Dreyfuss.
The Shark is Broken is directed by Guy Masterson, with set and costume by Duncan Henderson, lighting by Neil Austin and Jamie Platt, sund and music by Adam Cork and video by Nina Dunn. It’s presented in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions, its second transfer to the Ambassadors in 2020.
Ian Shaw trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, having obtained a BA in American Studies at Sussex University. His work in theatre includes War Horse and Common for the National Theatre; Widowers’ Houses, The Importance of Being Earnest, Nude With Violin, The Philadelphia Story and The Brothers Karamazov at the Manchester Royal Exchange; Three Sisters at the Nuffield and Theatre Royal Bath; Private Lives and Closer at Birmingham Rep; The Rivals at Derby Playhouse and Philadelphia Walnut St; The Tempest for the SRT; and Much Ado About Nothing in London’s West End. TV includes Sharpe, Soldier Soldier, Medics, Wuthering Heights, The Queen, Ghost Hour, Silent Witness, Cambridge Spies and the Emmy award-winning Hiroshima. Film includes Century, Moondance, The Boys and Girl from County Clare, The Contract and Johnny English Reborn.