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Ian Shaw as his father Robert Shaw. Photo by Nick Driftwood.

Ian Shaw as his father Robert Shaw. Photo by Nick Driftwood.

The Shark Is Broken announces full casting

Kitty Underwood

By Kitty Underwood First Published 7 September 2021, Last Updated 7 September 2021

Sonia Friedman Productions announced this morning the full casting for The Shark Is Broken, which opens at the Ambassadors Theatre from 9 October.

Co-written by Robert Shaw’s son Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon, this brilliantly funny play reveals the hilarious and moving behind-the-scenes drama on Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster movie JAWS.

Cape Cod, 1974: shooting on ‘Jaws’ has stalled. The film’s lead actors – Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss – are stuck on a boat, at the mercy of foul weather and a faulty mechanical co-star. Awash with alcohol and ambition, three hammered sharks start to bare their teeth…

Ian Shaw as his father Robert Shaw. Photo by Nick Driftwood.Ian Shaw as his father Robert Shaw. Photo by Nick Driftwood.

As previously announced, Ian Shaw (War Horse and Common, National Theatre) will star as his father Robert Shaw. He will be joined by Liam Murray Scott as Richard Dreyfuss, (reprising the role he performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019), and Demetri Goritsas (ear for eye, Royal Court; Black Mirror, Netflix) as Roy Scheider.

The Shark is Broken is written by Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon, directed by Guy Masterson, set and costume are by Duncan Henderson, lighting is by Jon Clark, sound and music are by Adam Cork and video is by Nina Dunn. Casting is by Julia Horan CDG.

The Associate Director will be Martha Geelan, the Associate Lighting Designer will be Simisola Majekodunmi and the Costume Associate will be Deborah Andrews.

The production runs in the West End for a strictly limited season from 9 October 2021 – 15 January 2022, so grab your tickets to this unique production now!


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