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Casting Announced For SQUARE ROUNDS by Tony Harrison


Casting Announced For SQUARE ROUNDS by Tony Harrison

In a new production commissioned by the Finborough Theatre, the rediscovery of Tony Harrison's Square Rounds in its first UK production for nearly 30 years opens at the Finborough Theatre for a four week limited season on Tuesday, 4 September 2018 (Press Nights: Thursday, 6 September and Friday, 7 September 2018 at 7.30pm).

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.

Based on true events and featuring an all-female cast, Square Rounds explores the devastating effects of technology, the personal demons of the inventors, and the escalating tensions between nations in the build up to war. Presented in the year that marks the centenary of the end of the First World War, this play about war and the devastating impact of chemical warfare and weapons of mass destruction has never been more timely.

Director Jimmy Walters returns to the Finborough Theatre to direct Square Rounds, where he also directed the 2017 rediscovery of Tony Harrison's The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus. Originally staged at the National Theatre in 1992 and subsequently only seen in Moscow, Square Rounds now receives its first UK production in nearly 30 years.

Playwright Tony Harrison was born in Leeds in 1937. He has written extensively for the National Theatre, New York Metropolitan Opera, BBC, Channel 4, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and for ancient spaces in Greece, Austria and Japan. His volumes of poetry include The Loiners (Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize), v. (Royal Television Society Award), The Gaze of the Gorgon (Whitbread Prize for Poetry) and Laureate's Block. His film Black Daisies for the Bride won the Prix Italia, 1994. He was awarded the PEN/Pinter Prize 2009, the European Prize for Literature 2010 and the David Cohen Prize for Literature 2015.

Director Jimmy Walters returns to the Finborough Theatre following his acclaimed productions of Tony Harrison's The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus and John Osborne's A Subject of Scandal and Concern. Other direction includes The Dog Beneath The Skin (Jermyn Street Theatre), Mrs Orwell (Old Red Lion Theatre and Southwark Playhouse), Julius Caesar (Saatchi Gallery and Chelsea Theatre), Improbable Fiction (Courtyard Theatre), A Naughty Night With Noël Coward (Old Red Lion Theatre), Hamlet (United Arab Emirates Tour and Network Theatre), I the Jury (Hen and Chickens Theatre), Breaded Butler (Troubadour) and Dear Ray (Edinburgh Festival). Assistant Direction includes Young Shakespeare Company tours of Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet (Bloomsbury Theatre), Othello (Riverside Studios) and Knock Yourself Out (Courtyard Theatre).

THEGREATWAR100 series is an occasional series of works about - or written during and in the aftermath - of the Great War presented by the Finborough Theatre to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

The cast is:

Eva Feiler | Justus Von Liebig

Trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Theatre includes A Midsummer Night's Dream (Watermill Theatre, Newbury), The Dog Beneath the Skin (Jermyn Street Theatre), The Picture of Dorian Gray (Watermill Theatre, Newbury), Nothanger Abbey (National Tour), Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth (Shakespeare 400 at Royal Festival Hall), Othello and The Merchant of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Company), See What I See (Oxford Playhouse), Eldorado (Arcola Theatre) and The Winter's Tale (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield).

Television includes Father Brown, Shakespeare Live! From the RSC, and Parkinson Masterclass: Simon Russell Beale.

Radio includes Wild Honey, Believe It! and A Small Town Murder.

Workshop includes Made in Britain.

Gracy Goldman | Clara Immerwahr

Productions at the Finborough Theatre include Dream of the Dog and its subsequent transfer to Trafalgar Studios.

Trained at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Theatre includes The State We're In (Theatre503), Richard II (Royal Shakespeare Company and Barbican Theatre), Good People (English Theatre, Frankfurt), Invisible (Transport Theatre), Antony and Cleopatra (Liverpool Playhouse) and Great Expectations (New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme).

Film includes The Plant, Mary and Victoria.

Television includes Holby City, Doctors, Doctor Who, Sense8, Meet the Adebanjos, The Bill, Ruth Rendell Mysteries and Auf Eigene Gefahr.

Radio includes Loveness And Me and Boniface And Me.

Commercials include Sainsbury's Christmas Ad: Dad to the Rescue.

Rujenne Green | Sir William Crookes

Trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

Theatre includes The Dog Beneath The Skin (Jermyn Street Theatre) and Cookies (Theatre Royal Haymarket).

Television includes The Halycon.

Amy Marchant | Hudson Maxim/Lady Nellie Crookes

Trained at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Theatre includes A Midsummer Night's Dream (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith), Twelfth Night (Royal Shakespeare Company USA Tour), Shakespeare in Love (Noël Coward Theatre) and To Sir With Love (Touring Consortium Theatre Company).

Film includes The Hippopotamus, Confection and Big Day.

Television includes Doctors.

Philippa Quinn | Fritz Haber

Productions at the Finborough Theatre include Just To Get Married.

Trained at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Theatre includes Control (Gielgud Theatre), Because We Want To (Rose Theatre, Bankside), Pride and Prejudice and Bard on Board (National Tour), Writers Block (BAC), Random Acts of Kindness (Old Red Lion Theatre), Breathing Space (Courtyard Theatre) and Block 59 (Glastonbury Festival).

Letty Thomas | Hiram Maxim/Sweeper Mawes

Trained at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Theatre includesThe Divide (The Old Vic), Mary Stuart (Almeida Theatre), Men (Arcola Theatre) and Seeing Double (Camden People's Theatre).

Film includes Uneatable.

Workshop includes Scenes With Girls (Royal Court Theatre).

Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, London SW10 9ED

Book online at

No booking fees on online, personal or postal bookings

By Telephone - Box Office 01223 357851. (Calls are free. There will be a 5% booking fee.)

Lines are open Monday- Saturday 10.00am-6.00pm

Tuesday, 4 September - Saturday, 29 September 2018

Tuesday to Saturday Evenings at 7.30pm. Sunday Matinees at 3.00pm. Saturday matinees at 3.00pm (from 15 September 2018).

Prices until 16 September - Tickets £18, £16 concessions, except Tuesday evenings £16 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £18 all seats. Previews (4 and 5 September) £14 all seats.
£10 tickets for Under 30s for performances from Tuesday to Sunday of the first week when booked online only.
£14 tickets for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on Saturday, 14 July 2018 when booked online only.

Prices from 18 September - Tickets £20, £18 concessions, except Tuesday evenings £18 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £20 all seats.

Performance length: Approximately two hours including one interval of fifteen minutes.

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