The Royal Shakespeare Company announces decision to end its partnership with BP

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has announced today (2 October) that it will be ending its partnership with BP at the end of this year, following protests from young people.

BP has subsidised the theatre company's £5 ticket scheme for 16 to 25-year-olds.

In a statement, RSC Directors Gregory Doran and Catherine Mallyon said: “Over many months we have listened to a wide and varied range of voices and opinions about our partnership with BP.

Amidst the climate emergency, which we recognise, 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. We cannot ignore that message.

Gregory Doran, RSC Artistic Director and Catherine Mallyon, Executive Director

BP have responded in a statement saying that they are "disappointed" at the news and that they "share many of the concerns that apparently contributed to the decision".

BP say they are Credit: PA Images

We’re disappointed that this will bring a successful programme to a premature end. Over the past eight years our sponsorship has enabled 80,000 young people to see RSC performances at reduced rates.


Student protestor Chloe Hawryluk played a key role in organising the protests. She spoke of her delight that their campaign had been listened to.

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