Rare Earth Mettle London Reviews and Tickets

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Al Smith's new play comically explores the chasms and connections between three strangers.

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Critic Reviews (6)

Time Out London
November 17th, 2021

Like I say, it’s good entertainment. But its broad, incautious tone rarely feels suited to making a profound or nuanced statement on Anna and Henry’s neocolonialist adventuring.
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The London Evening Standard
November 17th, 2021

It’s bold, current, sporadically funny, fatally ungoverned and exasperating. Is it worth 190 minutes of your life? Ultimately, no.
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London Theatre Guide
November 23rd, 2021

The play deserves consideration for reasons other than those being afforded it just now, and one wonders whether Smith will take this opportunity to work on changes that are about more than simply replacing a single letter in someone’s surname.
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The Arts Desk
November 19th, 2021

After this bad start, and quite a jinxed series of previews, Rare Earth Mettle is even worse on stage than it was on the page...Smith’s writing is disappointingly functional, often banal and uninteresting.
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November 21st, 2021

Ultimately though, Rare Earth Mettle is frustratingly hard to connect with and, in Pirie's uncompromisingly stark production, proves as dry as the salt flats on which it is mainly set.
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The Guardian (UK)
November 17th, 2021

Rare Earth Mettle has enormous scope, but it tries to do too much...It’s incredibly smart, but there’s not quite enough heart.
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