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, frustrated by foul weather and a faulty mechanical co-star. Awash with alcohol and ambition, three great white sharks start to bare their teeth…
Co-writer Ian Shaw revisits the hilarious behind-the-scenes drama of one of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters and takes the role of his father, Robert Shaw, 45 years after visiting him on set. When writing the play, Ian took inspiration from first-hand accounts including the book The Jaws Log by the film’s screenwriter Carl Gottlieb.
Though the play looks at several unfortunate events that took place during filming, the production’s main problem was Bruce – a name borrowed from Spielberg’s lawyer, and given to three different full-sized, pneumatic sharks. While each version of Bruce worked just fine in the workshop, they became temperamental in the seawater and were unable to fight against the turbulent elements.
Sonia Friedman Productions is delighted to announce its second production at the Ambassadors Theatre this year. After a sell-out, critically acclaimed premiere at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe, Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon’s brilliantly funny play will arrive in the West End from 11 May. Snap up your tickets now!