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bp and the Royal Shakespeare Company

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

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 – which concluded on 31 December 2019 – gave young people access to £5 tickets for all RSC productions, whether the company was performing in Stratford-upon-Avon, London or on tour around the UK.