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The Shark is Broken transfers to the West End

Ian Shaw. Photo by Nick Driftwood.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING a sell-out, critically acclaimed premiere at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe, Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon’s brilliantly funny play, The Shark is Broken, is transferring to the West End – to the Ambassadors Theatre where it will run from May 11 to July 18, 2020.

Tickets will be on general sale from £10 this Friday (February 7).

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…

Described as hilarious and moving, The Shark is Broken imagines what happened on board The Orca when the cameras stopped rolling.

Ian Shaw stars as his father Robert Shaw, alongside Demetri Goritsas as Roy Scheider and Liam Murray Scott as Richard Dreyfuss.

Presented by Sonia Friedman Productions, The Shark is Broken is directed by Guy Masterson, with set and costume design by Duncan Henderson, lighting by Neil Austin and Jamie Platt, sound and music by Adam Cork and video design by Nina Dunn.

Image: Ian Shaw. Photo by Nick Driftwood.

Kunene and the King continues at the Ambassadors Theatre until March 28. It will be followed – from April 2 to May 2, 2020 – by Baby Reindeer.