Rare Earth Mettle Tickets London Theatre

Rare Earth Mettle Tickets

Al Smith’s epic new play is a brutally comic exploration of risk, delusion and power.

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“You don’t tell an American to turn off their light; you build them a better light bulb.”

Three worlds collide on a Bolivian salt flat.

A leading doctor, who has travelled from the UK, believes she can save the NHS, solve the British mental health crisis, and advance her career.

A Silicon Valley billionaire, who has been watching the site from his satellites, believes he can save the world building affordable electric cars, and make millions of dollars in the process.

And the indigenous community, who have preserved the land for generations, believe both visitors have propositions that could transform their futures.

Each pursue their own ambitions, but which is the greatest good?

Al Smith returns to the Royal Court following Harrogate, for which he was nominated Most Promising Playwright (Evening Standard Theatre Awards). He first worked with the theatre as a participant of a Royal Court Writers’ Group where emerging writers are given space and support to develop. Royal Court Associate Director Hamish Pirie directs.

Critic reviews

A puzzle of a play


Al Smith’s searing play takes no prisoners

· Everything Theatre

Full of delicious and heart-stopping twists

· Londonist

It's a piece about now that speaks of the future

· Broadway World

An appealingly acted play that deserves consideration

· London Theatre

A bloated three hours of incoherence

· The Independent

Controversial show is a damp squib

· The Telegraph

Secret deals and wordy debates

· The Guardian

Ambitious and pertinent

· The Upcoming

There are some lively debates on offer here

· WhatsOnStage

One long unsatisfying slog

· The Arts Desk

Scheming Westerners clash over a Bolivian salt flat in this controversial new drama from Al Smith

· Time Out

Al Smith’s sprawling new play is an uninspiring, clunky piece of satire

· The Stage

Anti-Semitic? No. Worth seeing? No

· Evening Standard

How did this shambolic satire get on to the stage?

· The Times
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Wed 10 Nov - Sat 18 Dec, 2.30pm & 7.30pm


Sloane Square SW1W 8AS London, UK · Get Directions
Photo by Helen Murray
Photo by Helen Murray
Photo by Helen Murray
Photo by Helen Murray
Photo by Helen Murray
Photo by Helen Murray
Photo by Helen Murray
Photo by Helen Murray
Photo by Helen Murray
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