Students threaten to boycott RSC over BP link

School students have threatened to boycott the Royal Shakespeare Company over “sickening” links to oil giant BP.

The theatre company is sponsored by BP, which has been criticised by environmentalists including Oscar winner Sir Mark Rylance.

The students have sent a letter to the RSC claiming the British multinational oil and gas company is “destroying our futures by wrecking the climate”.

They want the RSC to break its ties with the fossil fuel industry.

Rylance resigned from the company over its association with the fossil fuel company in June, in order to “lend strength” to progressive voices in the organisation.

Now strikers from the birthplace of the Bard, in Stratford-upon-Avon, have signed the letter calling for an end to the current sponsorship, which provides young people with subsidised £5 tickets.

They’ve called for a boycott unless what they believe is environmental destruction is separated from the world of theatre, and have also asked to meet with RSC bosses.

The letter criticises BP for its environmental impact, lobbying and human rights


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