Theatre company Proud Haddock will present Tony Harrison’s war drama at the Finborough Theatre this September.
This first UK production of the play in thirty years will feature an all-female ensemble, directed by Jimmy Walters.
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.
Performed entirely in verse, Square Rounds is based on true events to explore the devastating impact of chemical warfare and weapons of mass destruction.
Talking about the news of the production, director Jimmy Walters said: “We are delighted to be back taking on another Tony Harrison play, not least because it will be the first of two plays we are staging to mark the 100 year anniversary of the First World War. The content of this play is so fascinating that we all cannot wait to begin rehearsals and explore these characters in even further detail.”
The cast for the production is set to include: Gracy Goldman (Sense8, Netflix; Doctor Who, BBC1; Richard II, RSC), Letty Thomas (The Divide, The Old Vic; Mary Stuart, Almeida Theatre; The Beasts, The Lyric Hammersmith), Eva Feiler (Othello, RSC; The Merchant of Venice, RSC; Father Brown, BBC), Amy Marchant (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Lyric Hammersmith; Shakespeare in Love, Noel Coward Theatre), Philippa Quinn (Control, Gielgud Theatre; Because We Want To, Rose Theatre; Writers Block, Battersea Arts Centre) and Rujenne Green (The Dog Beneath The Skin, Jermyn Street Theatre; Cookies, Theatre Royal Haymarket).
Meanwhile, the creative team will feature: designs by Daisy Blower, lighting and projection design by Arnim Friess, soundd by Dinah Mullen and musical direction by Adam Gerber.
Square Rounds will play at the Finborough Theatre from the 4th to the 29th September. For more information visit: https://www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk/productions/2018/square-rounds.php.