The War Years Blog

Welcome to The War Years blog. World War Two resulted in the deaths of 85 million people. Civilian deaths including those subject to war-related disease and famine totalled 55 million. Tens of millions more people were displaced. However, amid all the carnage people demonstrated remarkable courage, fortitude, compassion, mercy and sacrifice. We would like to honour and celebrate all of those people.  

Drama Revival Explores the Tragedy of Chemical Warfare

Tony Harrison’s lyrical WWI play Square Rounds revived at the Finborough Theatre

This autumn, Proud Haddock will bring Tony Harrison’s lyrical play Square Rounds to the Finborough Theatre for its first UK production in nearly 30 years since its rediscovery. This all-female ensemble cast will star Gracy Goldman, Letty Thomas, Amy Marchant, Philippa Quinn and Rujenne Green.

Based on true events, this highly original play explores the devastating impact of chemical warfare and weapons of mass destruction. In the year that marks the centenary of the end of the First World War, this revival has never been timelier.

Performed entirely in verse, Square Rounds follows the lives of Fritz Haber, a German Jewish chemist, and American inventor Hudson Maxim, brother to Hiram Maxim - the inventor of the machine gun. Through their experiences, this play will shine a light on the intricacies of escalating tensions between nations in the build up to the First World War.

Fritz has been ordered by the Kaiser in Germany to develop a deadly poison gas to help Germany win the First World War but Hudson is concerned for his country, his brother, and the frightening technological advances employed by America’s new European enemies. Believing his new invention will be an opportunity to escape his status as an outsider in German society, Fritz is unaware that his work will go on to be used to exterminate his own people in the Holocaust just 25 years later.

Director Jimmy Walters comments, “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.”

Notes to Editors

  • Title: Square Rounds
  • Performance Dates: Tuesday 4th September – Saturday 29th September 2018
  • Tuesday - Saturday Evenings, 7.30pm
  • Saturday, 3.00pm (from 15th September)
  • Sunday, 3.00pm
  • Running time: 2 hours (including 15 minute interval)
  • Age Guidance: 16+
  • Location: Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, London SW10 9ED

The Finborough Theatre is a 5 minute walk from Earl's Court Underground Station (District and Piccadilly Lines) and a 5 minute walk from West Brompton Station (District Line and National Rail).

Box Office Tickets are available priced from £18 (£16 concessions) until Sunday 16th September and then £20 (£18 concessions) from Tuesday 18th September. Call 01223 357 851 or book online at