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The Shark Is Broken

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This show played its final performance on Sunday - November 19.

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The Shark Is Broken is a moving and brilliantly hilarious behind-the-scenes drama and celebration of movie history.

FADE IN: The open ocean, 1974. Filming is delayed…again. The lead actors—theatre veteran Robert Shaw and young Hollywood hotshots Richard Dreyfuss and Roy Scheider—are crammed into a too-small boat, entirely at the mercy of foul weather and a faulty mechanical co-star. Alcohol flows, egos collide, and tempers flare on a chaotic voyage that just might lead to cinematic magic…if it doesn’t sink them all.

Step aboard the Orca and into The Shark Is Broken, a “profound dive behind the scenes of the making of Jaws” (The Daily Telegraph, Four Stars). This Olivier Award-nominated new play is “hilariously brilliant and pure genius” raves the Sunday Express (Five Stars) and stars Ian Shaw (War Horse, Common) as his father, Robert Shaw, Alex Brightman (Beetlejuice, School of Rock) as Richard Dreyfuss, and Colin Donnell (Anything Goes, Chicago Med) as Roy Scheider.

Directed by Olivier Award winner Guy Masterson, co-written by Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon, and inspired by Robert Shaw’s experience playing Quint on the notorious shoot, The Shark Is Broken celebrates movie history and peeks at the choppy waters behind Hollywood’s first blockbuster.

Short tempers. Short circuits. 90 minutes, no intermission.


Golden Theatre
252 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036

Group Minimum

10 or more tickets


Recommended for 14 + (This production contains strong language and reference to alcohol and drugs.)
Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.


90 minutes, no intermission

First Performance


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