The Shark Is Broken
Run time is 1 hour 10 minutes (no interval)
Taron Egerton and Jonathan Bailey lead a major West End revival of Mike Bartlett’s razor-sharp play Cock at the Ambassadors Theatre from March 2022.
Offering a fresh, contemporary look at love, sex and identity, Cock grapples with the question of change and how it affects those around us.
Bartlett is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter with credits including King Charles III, Doctor Foster and Albion. Egerton and Bailey are joined by Phil Daniels and Jade Anouka.
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After the First World War, a number of performers established their careers on the Ambassador Theatre stage, including Ivor Novello in Debrau (1921), Vivien Leigh in The Mask of Virtue (1935) and Hermione Gingold who starred in If (1921). Following these acclaimed performances, three revue shows took place: Sweet and Low (1943), Sweeter and Lower (1944) and Sweetest and Lowest (1946).
Revue shows defined the early to mid 20th century, until Agatha Christie’s thriller The Mousetrap famously made its world premiere in 1952. The whodunit ran at the Ambassadors Theatre for a hugely impressive 22 years, before transferring across the road to the St Martin's Theatre. The Mousetrap continues to this day, and is the West End's longest-running show.
As the popular play transferred, the venue saw shorter runs of plays such as Journey's End (2005) and musicals such as Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2004) and Little Shop of Horrors (2007).
Towards the end of 2007, Steve McNicholas and Luke Cresswell's ever-popular dance-come-musical Stomp transferred from the Adelphi to the Ambassadors, and over the years smaller shows have run at alternative times, including Broadway musical The Secret Garden (2016) and The Very Hungry Caterpillar (2016). The Ambassadors Theatre is also the resident venue for the National Youth Theatre, who have produced productions such as Wuthering Heights (2015) and Private Peaceful (2014).
A variety of productions played limited performances, with The Very Hungry Caterpillar returning in 2017, alongside several National Youth Theatre productions, whilst Stomp continued at the venue.
Following the closure of long-running entertainment show Stomp, the Ambassadors Theatre established its name as a producing house with the transfer of the National Theatre's critically-acclaimed Beginning, followed by a transfer of new musical All or Nothing - The Mod Musical, which moved over from the Arts Theatre. Further productions included a short run of Anthony Horowitz's Mindgame and a transfer of David Haig's critically-acclaimed wartime thriller, Pressure. Joanna Murray-Smith's play Switzerland transferred from the Theatre Royal Bath.
In 2019, Bernadette Robinson's show Songs for Nobodies played at the theatre. From March, the theatre will host the Almeida Theatre transfer of The Twilight Zone, based on the cult TV show. During the summer, the acclaimed production of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 - The Musical transferred to the theatre. The musical is an adaptation of Sue Townsend's best-selling novel. In October, the Ambassadors housed the West End return of Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson's Ghost Stories.
2020 kicked off the with the transfer of the Royal Shakespeare Company's Kunene and the King, written by and starring John Kani, alongside Anthony Sher. The Ambassadors Theatre closed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, putting a new season of work by producer Sonia Friedman on hold.
The Ambassadors Theatre will reopen in October 2021 with Edinburgh Fringe hit The Shark is Broken.
(closed 2 May 2021)
Kunene and the King
(closed 28 Mar 2020)
(closed 4 Jan 2020)
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole - The Musical
(closed 12 Oct 2019)
Songs for Nobodies
(closed 23 Feb 2019)
(closed 5 Jan 2019)
(closed 5 Jan 2019)
(closed 20 Oct 2018)
(closed 1 Sep 2018)
(closed 2 Jun 2018)
All or Nothing - The Mod Musical
(closed 14 May 2018)
(closed 24 Mar 2018)