The Shark is Broken

In the top half of the image, the words "THE SHARK IS BROKEN" in large red font over a white background. The bottom gap of the A is shaped like a shark fin. Underneath the title, "By Ian Shaw & Joseph Nixon" in the same red font but smaller. Above the title, a simpler and smaller font reads "FROM THE JAWS OF DEFEAT, CAME A HOLLYWOOD VICTORY". All of that text is blue, except for "JAWS" which is red. The bottom half of the image is made up of bright blue sea water, with a movie clapperboard rising out of the water like a shark fin. The clapperboard says "Slate 52, Director S. Spielberg, Prod. JAWS". In the water, there is a shark-shaped shadow under the clapperboard.

Show Details

Performance Schedule

July 25-August 9, 2023:
Added performance August 9 @ 2 PM

Beginning August 11, 2023:
No performance August 13

Run Dates

August 10, 2023 - November 19, 2023

Upcoming Scheduled Events

No scheduled performances found.

Running Time

1:30 hrs

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Show Description

FADE IN: The open ocean, 1974. Production on Jaws is delayed…again. The film’s 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.

Ian Shaw (War Horse and Common, National Theatre) stars as his father, actor Robert Shaw, in a piece inspired by his iconic performance as Quint and his stories of choppy waters on-set. The Shark is Broken is a moving and brilliantly hilarious behind-the-scenes drama and celebration of movie history.

Audience Advisory

This production contains strong language and reference to alcohol and drugs. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.


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August 10, 2023 - November 19, 2023

Wheelchair seating, assistive listening devices, loopSystem, handheld captions, and prerecorded audio description are always available.

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Closed Captioning

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Audio Description: Pre-recorded

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Theatre Details


John Golden Theatre
252 W 45th St
New York, NY 10036

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Public Transportation

By Subway: 1, 2, 3, 7, S, N, R, W, Q, A, C, E to 42nd St/Times Square.

By Bus: Take the M7, M20, or M104 bus.

Additional Accessibility Details

Wheelchair Info: Four ADA compliant viewing locations with companion seating. Transfer optional.

Seating: Orchestra on ground level. Lower lounge, front and rear mezzanine reached only by stairs.

Elevator\Escalator: There are no elevators or escalators at this theatre.

Parking: Valet parking lot: North side of street between Broadway & 8th Ave. Vans enter on 46th St. Valet parking garage: South side of 45th St.(east of Shubert Alley) between Broadway & 8th Ave. No vans.

Curb Ramps: (2.5" lip) SW corner of 45th St. & Broadway; NW corner 45th St. & Broadway.

Entrance: Double doors in series: 1st set (each 28.5") has one pair of automatic doors from 45th St. to Ticket Lobby with push-button control, incline up to 2nd set (each 28", attended by ushers) to Orchestra.

Box Office: Ticket lobby. Counters 43". Accessible pass-through with writing shelf at 32". Assistance available.

Restroom: Womens and Mens: Lower lounge. Down nineteen steps with continuous handrails. Wheelchair accessible restroom off premises. Assistance available.

Water Fountain: Lower lounge, in restrooms.

Telephone: Lower lounge. Coin slot at 54". Cord 29". Volume control. TTY, shelf and electric outlet.

Assisted Listening System: Reservations are not necessary. Drivers license or ID with printed address required as a deposit. Please call: (212) 582-7678 to reserve in advance.

Visual Assistance: Low vision seats available for purchase in person, online, or over the phone.

Folding Armrests: Nine row-end seats with folding armrests.