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Royal Court Theatre, London
Rare Earth Mettle the radical new play by Al Smith in a strictly limited season. Tickets available October 2019.

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The Royal Court Theatre has announced Rare Earth Mettle as part of their 2020 season. Tickets go on sale in October 2019.

Rising playwright Al Smith returns to the Royal Court Theatre with his radical new play. Rare Earth Mettle tickets go on sale in October 2019 so be sure to sign up to our mailing list to be notified! The show will run for a strictly limited season from the 2 to 25 April 2020 at the Royal Court in London.

What is Rare Earth Mettle about?

Smith’s play follows a leading British doctor who has a radical plan to save the NHS and a Silicon Valley Billionaire who has a radical plan to halt climate change. The pair meet up in South America outside an abandoned train on a salt flat. The landscape is blindingly bright because it’s so white and it’s so flat that there are no interruptions to even cause an echo. The arrival of these strangers seems like a good opportunity to Kimsa and his daughter who live there, that is until they both make a claim for the land and are ruthless in their radical plans and their pursuit of the greater good.

An insight into playwright Al Smith

Smith is a writer for television, film, radio and theatre. After studying English Literature at Edinburgh University, he participated in the Paines Plough/Channel 4 Future Perfect Schemes and additionally graduated from the BBC Writers Academy. For a time, he was a Pearson Playwright in Residence at the Finborough Theatre. He has won various awards for his writing across different outlets and has received nominations for prestigious awards. He has won the BFI Wellcome Trust Screenwriting Prize (2012) and gold for Best Fictional Storytelling at the ARIAS for his radio series Life Line (2017). He was also nominated for Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standard Awards (2017) for his play Harrogate (Royal Court).

Rare Earth Mettle to be directed by Hamish Pirie

Royal Court Associate Director Hamish Pirie will be directing Smith’s play at the London's Jerwood Theatre Downstairs. Pirie trained as Resident Assistant Director at Paines Plough and the Donmar Warehouse. He previously worked at the Traverse Theatre as Associate Director. His work at the Royal Court includes Instructions for Correct Assembly, Primetime 2017 and Violence & Sons. His work for other theatres includes Bravo Figaro (Royal Opera House/Traverse), Salt Root & Roe (Donmar Warehouse/Trafalgar Studios) and Purgatory (Arcola).

Be sure to sign up to our mailing list so you know when tickets for Rare Earth Mettle go on sale. You won’t want to miss Al Smith’s play of fanatical ideas when it comes to the Royal Court’s Jerwood Theatre Downstairs in April 2020.  


Additional Information

Age restriction

To be confirmed.

Running time

To be confirmed.

Performance dates

2 April - 25 April 2020

Venue Information

Royal Court TheatreSloane Square, London, SW1 8AS