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West Street, London WC2H 9ND

The Shark is Broken

Closed February 13, 2022

an intoxicating combination of behind-the-scenes gossip and contemplation of the nature of popular art.

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Why See The Shark is Broken?

PlaysStrictly Limited RunsComedy Theatre

Three men in a boat

It's the summer of 1975 and somewhere in the water near Cape Cod, three men are sitting in a boat waiting for their colleague to get it together so they can film a scene of what is about to become one of the biggest blockbuster movies ever. The colleague is a giant mechanical shark and the men are Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider, and Richard Dreyfuss, human co-stars of Jaws.

What is the story?

Following sell-out success at the Edinburgh Festival, this hit comedy, written by Joseph Nixon and Ian Shaw (son of Robert) finally transfers to the West End this winter. Based on Robert Shaw's own drinking diaries during the shoot, we learn how the trio, fuelled by alcohol and ambition, passed the time bullying, bickering, and bragging while sitting out the interminable delays caused by their Great White co-star. 

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Additional Information


Opening night: 9 October 2021


You may be required to have had a COVID vaccine in order to attend this performance or show proof of a negative test. Please contact the venue directly for more information on this.

Cast and Creative


Ian Shaw as Robert Shaw
Liam Murray Scott as Richard Dreyfuss
Demetri Goritsas as Roy Scheider


Directed by Guy Masterson
Set and costume by Duncan Henderson
Lighting by Jon Clark
Sound and music by Adam Cork
Video by Nina Dunn

What you thought

2 reviews, average rating: (3.0 Stars)

3.0 star rating

Susan M.: “See it whilst you can!”

The Shark is Broken is well worth seeing, whether you are a fan of the... more

Meena Patel And Paul Horn: “Not at all funny ”

This is billed as a being "Deliriously funny". We lasted 40 minutes. Didn't... more

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