The Shark is Broken
***Please note that performances of The Shark is Broken have been postponed in response to government advice regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). It is expected to be rescheduled to 2021.***
Ever wondered what happens when you combine three faulty mechanical sharks, foul weather, and a group of actors stuck on a boat? The hilarious and moving Edinburgh Fringe hit The Shark is Broken takes audiences behind-the-scenes on the filming of Steven Spielberg’s iconic blockbuster, Jaws.
The play, which was written by Ian Shaw, son of original cast member Robert Shaw, and Joseph Nixon took the Edinburgh Fringe by storm in 2019, and will now play a strictly limited run at the Ambassadors Theatre as part of producer Sonia Friedman’s season of new works.
Shaw has drawn on first-hand accounts from his father and other original cast members, as well as the book The Jaws Log by screenwriter Carl Gottlieb. The cast were trapped on a boat in the middle of the ocean for long periods while the technical team dealt with a host of problems with their mechanical sharks.
The Shark is Broken focuses on three of the original cast members – Robert Shaw (played by Ian Shaw), Roy Schedier (played by Demetri Goritsas), and Richard Dreyfuss (played by Liam Murray Scott) – as they wait to film their scenes. Trapped in the boat, relationships between the actors are strained, tensions are heightened and truths are revealed.
This is the second production announced so far from Sonia Friedman’s season at the Ambassadors Theatre, following Baby Reindeer.