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Square Rounds


“You were very naïve if you could ever believe
that warfare would stop with your gun
for chemist/engineer a brand new era
of invention in war’s just begun.”


The First UK Production in nearly 30 years.

★★★★ The Guardian
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★★★★ North West End
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★★★★ Breaking The Fourth Wall

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 plays at the Finborough Theatre for a four week limited season.

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
Daisy Blower
Lighting Designer:
Arnim Friess
Jeremy Warmsley
Sound Designer:
Dinah Mullen
Musical Director:
Adam Gerber
Depi Gorgogianni
Production Manager:
Ben Krebs
Stage Manager:
Caitlin Hargreaves
Assistant Director:
Ula Moroz
Assistant Production Manager:
Matt Shraga
Assistant Stage Manager:
Tabitha Sylvester-Kilroy


Eva Feiler
Gracy Goldman
Rujenne Green
Amy Marchant
Philippa Quinn
Letty Thomas

  • Dates : 4 September – 29 September 2018
  • Location : Finborough Theatre, London