The Shark is Broken – a play that goes behind the scenes of the film Jaws and was a hit at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last year – is to run in the West End at the Ambassadors Theatre.
The production will mark Sonia Friedman Productions’ second show this year at the Ambassadors Theatre – under the banner SFP at the Ambassadors – following on from the previously announced Baby Reindeer.
It runs from May 11 to July 18, with a press night on May 19.
The play is written Joseph Nixon and Ian Shaw, son of Robert Shaw, who starred in the film. Ian Shaw also appears in the play as his father, alongside Demetri Goritsas as Roy Scheider and Liam Murray Scott as Richard Dreyfuss.
The Shark is Broken follows the three actors on the set of the film in 1974, when they are “stuck on a boat, frustrated by foul weather and a faulty mechanical co-star”.
It is directed by Guy Masterson, with set and costumes by Duncan Henderson, lighting by Neil Austin and Jamie Platt, sound and music by Adam Cork and video by Nina Dunn.