Oct 2, 2019

Royal Shakespeare Company ends BP partnership after student protest

Sam Allard/RSC The Royal Shakespeare Company is to end its partnership with BP at the end of the year following criticism of its links to the international oil giant. Last week, school students threatened to boycott the theatre company if it did not sever links with the firm. "Young people are now saying clearly to us that the BP sponsorship is putting a barrier between them and their wish to engage with the RSC," it said. Manuel Harlan/RSC. Last week, a group of students said they would boycott RSC productions if it continued to accept funding from a company they accused of "Actively destroying our futures". BP spends £7.5 million per year on arts and culture sponsorship, which includes deals with the British Museum, the Royal Opera House and the National Portrait Gallery.

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