BP's relationship with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) began in 2011 with support for The World Shakespeare Festival, a UK-wide, eight month celebration, produced by the RSC as part of the cultural celebrations for the London 2012 Olympics. We recently announced a further renewal of our partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company until 2022 – ensuring that many more people will have access to the best of the UK's culture well in to the future
The World Shakespeare Festival reached 1.8 million people as UK and international artists and producers explored Shakespeare as the world's playwright. It resulted in 69 productions, seven exhibitions, six film screenings, nine short plays, 263 amateur shows and 28 digital commissions and films.
In 2013, following this success, BP became the Project Partner for the RSC's £5 ticket scheme for 16-25 year olds. The scheme gives youngsters access to £5 tickets for all RSC productions whether the Company is performing in Stratford-upon-Avon, London or around the UK on tour.
In 2015, the BP 16-25 Shakespeare Pass was introduced. This enables young people in that age group to see five RSC productions in the Company's home town of Stratford-upon-Avon for just £20.
With more than 15 productions to choose from across the UK, these two initiatives are a great way for young people to enjoy the work of the RSC. Both schemes give young people the chance to be inspired by live performances and develop a lifelong love of theatre.