Ambassadors Theatre

West Street, London, WC2H 9ND GB

The Shark Is Broken

The Shark Is Broken Tickets

5/5 - based on 5 reviews
  • Booking until: Saturday, 15 January 2022
  • Running time: 1 hour 10 minutes (No Interval)
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About The Shark Is Broken

Important Information

We hope you enjoy your trip to the theatre, but need to make sure you, our staff and the rest of the audience are safe. Upon arrival, as well as your eTickets, all members of your party over the age of 18 must demonstrate their Covid-19 status to gain entry in ONE of the following ways:

  • Full vaccination (first and second dose), and with the second dose administered at least 14 days before your visit; or
  • A negative lateral flow test taken within 48 hours of your visit; or
  • Proof of natural immunity (positive PCR test within the last six months, after self-isolation has ended and up to 180 days after taking the test).
Performance Times
  • Booking until: Saturday, 15 January 2022
  • Running time: 1 hour 10 minutes (No Interval)
Mon - 19:30
Tue - 19:30
Wed - 19:30
Thu 14:30 19:30
Fri - 19:30
Sat 14:30 19:30
Sun - -

The Shark Is Broken description

This fantastically funny show is a sell-out, smash hit fresh from the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It transfers to the West End for a strictly limited run and it covers the action behind the scenes at one of the world's best-loved horror movies, Jaws. If you were one of the millions of viewers who were scared to use the loo or have a bath for months after watching the film, you're going to love this!

What's the plot of The Shark Is Broken?

Written by Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon and directed by Guy Masterson, The Shark Is Broken whisks you behind the scenes of the iconic horror movie that terrified a generation. The results is a very funny yet moving new play that imagines what took place on board the famous boat, The Orca, once the cameras stopped filming. Co-writer Ian Shaw plays his own dad, Robert Shaw, whose crazy character, the shark hunter Quint, more or less made the movie.

As Ian Shaw himself says, "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."

Producer Sonia Freedman agrees: “Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon deliver a hilarious and uniquely personal perspective on one of the most legendary moments in film history, bringing three Hollywood icons to life onstage. Hysterically funny and oddly profound, 'The Shark Is Broken' is the sort of unexpected gem you only find at the Edinburgh Fringe, and I cannot wait to share it with West End audiences - at last!"

Who is The Shark Is Broken for?

The Shark Is Broken is perfect for anyone old enough to enjoy adult humour, and absolutely brilliant fun for everyone who has seen and loved the 1975 film that made the book's author Peter Benchley so famous. 

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Our website makes buying tickets for The Shark Is Broken simple and enjoyable. We'll email your tickets to you so you can simply present them at the door on the big day. We hope you enjoy this wonderful quirky play, packed with affectionate humour.

Next Performances for The Shark Is Broken at the Ambassadors Theatre

today26th Oct 2021 7:30pm
tomorrow27th Oct 2021 7:30pm
Thursday28th Oct 2021 2:30pm
Thursday28th Oct 2021 7:30pm
Friday29th Oct 2021 7:30pm
Saturday30th Oct 2021 2:30pm

The Shark Is Broken reviews

5 out of 5 based on 5 reviews

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Latest customer reviews
A must see for jaws fans.

Brilliant story ,acting and casting , ian shaw is sensational as his dad. The two supporting actors are excellent as well . A great afternoon( we went to the matinee) was had by all.

Reviewed on 22 October 2021 by , Bedfordshire, United Kingdom


Came across the show whilst looking for something different to see in the West End. Was not disappointed. Being a fan of Jaws I was intrigued to find how they would stage it and to see the dynamic between the three actors. I thought I was watching Robert Shaw. Excellent show. Would go again.

Reviewed on 20 October 2021 by , Llanelli, United Kingdom

A worthwhile visit!

Very efficient informative staff ensuring we had a relatively strews free entry and seating in the theatre. Fantastic production with top notch believable actors holding our attention through comedy and drama for the whole 1.30 hrs. Thoroughly recommend it.

Reviewed on 19 October 2021 by , Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom

It’s got bite

Reviewed on 12 October 2021 by , Stoke-sub-hamdon, United Kingdom

21 Oct
London Box Office

The Shark is Broken – Inspiring new production images!

by London Box Office | Thursday, October 21 2021, 17:12

The Shark is Broken It is hilariously funny. But this play is also touching, a moving story created by the 'Jaws' star Robert Shaw's son Ian Shaw, along with Joseph Nixon. This is a commemoration of the characters involved in the killer shark-inspired smash hit horror film that changed the world as we know it. And we have some great production images to inspire you, fresh from this week's press performances.

The Shark is Broken – Inspiring new production images!
15 Oct
Miriam Gibson

Review: THE SHARK IS BROKEN at the Ambassadors Theatre

by Miriam Gibson | Friday, October 15 2021, 07:12

The Shark is Broken When Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon’s play premiered in Edinburgh in 2019, the concept- three people stuck for weeks in a confined space, gnawing on each other’s nerves, battling boredom, and gradually losing their marbles- probably had less resonance than it does now.

Review: THE SHARK IS BROKEN at the Ambassadors Theatre
14 Oct
Stuart King

Review: THE SHARK IS BROKEN at the Ambassadors Theatre

by Stuart King | Thursday, October 14 2021, 09:24

The Shark is Broken The Shark is Broken seems an unlikely title for a West End play, but context is everything in Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon's exposé of the notorious 1974 Cape Cod shooting schedule for Spielberg's blockbuster Jaws.

Review: THE SHARK IS BROKEN at the Ambassadors Theatre
29 Jun
London Box Office

THE SHARK IS BROKEN – 2021 West End Transfer Announced

by London Box Office | Tuesday, June 29 2021, 16:38

The Shark is Broken Update for The Shark is Broken at the Ambassadors Theatre

It's written by Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon and directed by Guy Masterson. It's a fantastic sell-out smash hit from 2019's Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It whisks audiences behind the scenes of the iconic scary movie Jaws, a 'brilliantly funny and deeply moving' new play that re-imagines the events on board The Orca when the cameras stopped rolling. The Shark is Broken opens at the Ambassadors Theatre for a strictly limited season, running from 9th October 2021 to 15th January 2022.

THE SHARK IS BROKEN – 2021 West End Transfer Announced
07 Feb
Phil Willmott

A Fun and Fishy West End Play Goes on Sale Today

by Phil Willmott | Friday, February 7 2020, 15:00

The Shark is Broken The Ambassadors Theatre used to be unavailable to producers whilst the percussive dance musical STOMP was in residence for years. Although that was a wonderful show it's good news for London theatre goers that they vacated the venue because if frees up one of the West Ends smallest venues for a series of fascinating and enticing productions that wouldn’t be able to fill one of the bigger more expensive buildings.

A Fun and Fishy West End Play Goes on Sale Today