This 23 July 2019 video from Britain says about itself:
Sir Mark Rylance: Actor quits Royal Shakespeare Company over BP sponsorship
Sir Mark Rylance says he does “not wish to be associated with BP any more than I would with an arms dealer or a tobacco salesman“.
Oscar-winning British actor Sir Mark Rylance has quit the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) over sponsorship funding it receives from BP.
Sir Mark accused the energy firm of obscuring its damaging environmental impact by supporting arts organisations.
BP sponsors the RSC’s ticket scheme for 16-25-year -olds.
Writing for The Guardian and campaign group Culture Unstained, he said: “Today I feel I must dissociate myself from the RSC, not because it is any less of a theatre company, but because of the company it keeps.
“The RSC will continue pushing BP‘s brand on to a generation of young people who have – in huge numbers through the ongoing school strikes – told adults they need to step up their response to the climate crisis now.
“Does it even have the right to have the word ‘British’ in its name when it is arguably destroying the planet our children and grandchildren will depend on to breathe, drink, eat and survive?”
The British star, who won the best supporting actor Oscar in 2016 for his role in Bridge of Spies, has called on the RSC to set a positive example for the future of sponsorship in the arts.
Like the BP oil fat cats are not fit sponsors for Shakespeare, their Shell oil fat cat colleagues are not fit sponsors for wildlife photography or classical music. Like there are also dodgy corporate sponsors at PSV football …
However, today good news.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
RSC ends BP sponsorship
The RSC’s £5 ticket scheme for 16 to 25-year-olds had been supported by the oil giant since 2013.
However, pupils involved in the climate strikes threatened to boycott the British cultural institution over its “sickening” links to BP.
In a letter to the RSC, the students said: “BP’s influence is nothing but a stain on the RSC.
“If we, as young people, wish to see an affordable play at your theatre, we have to help to promote a company that is actively destroying our futures by wrecking the climate.
“BP is jeopardising the futures of these young people they apparently care so much about.
“It is sickening that the works of Shakespeare are being associated with these events.”
Oscar-winning actor Sir Mark Rylance, an associate artist with the RSC for 30 years, cut his link with the theatre company in the summer over the issue.
A joint statement by RSC artistic director Gregory Doran and executive director Catherine Mallyon said: “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. It is with all of this in mind that we have taken the difficult decision to conclude our partnership with BP at the end of this year.
“There are many fine balances and complex issues involved and the decision has not been taken lightly or swiftly.”
BP said it was “disappointed and dismayed that the RSC has decided to end our partnership early.”