Proud Haddock’s intimate, all-female revival of Tony Harrison’s Square Rounds, marking the centenary of the end of the First World War, has attracted the attention of military historians as well as theatre critics. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite review highlights below. Time to get booking – it’s on until 29 September 2018 only!
Proud Haddock artistic director Jimmy Walters, helms the first major UK production in nearly 30 years of Tony Harrison’s Square Rounds for a limited season at London’s Finborough Theatre.
Fritz Haber, a German Jewish chemist, has been ordered by the Kaiser to develop a deadly poison gas to help Germany win the First World War. Despite the protestations of his wife, Haber hopes that his new invention will be an opportunity to escape his status as an outsider in German society. Little does he know, however, that his invention will go on to be used to exterminate his own people in the Holocaust just 25 years later.
American inventor Hudson Maxim is concerned for his country and the frightening technological advances employed by America’s new European enemies. But he is also jealous of his brother Hiram – internationally famous for his invention of the machine gun – and deeply suspicious of his brother’s cosy relationship with the European powers.
Author Tony Harrison directed the play’s premiere at the National’s Olivier in 1992/1993 with a cast of 25. Now, 26 years on at the 50-seat Finborough Theatre, the full six-strong, all-female cast of up-and-coming stars are: Eva Feiler, Gracy Goldman, Rujenne Green, Amy Marchant, Philippa Quinn and Letty Thomas.
Square Rounds runs from 4 to 29 September 2018 at the Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Rd, Kensington, London SW10 9ED. Performances are Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3pm. Tickets are priced £10-20. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!