Mark Rylance resigns from RSC over BP sponsorship

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Actor says Royal Shakespeare Company deal helps oil firm ‘obscure reality of its activities’

One of the UK’s most respected actors is to resign from the Royal Shakespeare Companyas a backlash against big oil’s financing of the arts gathers momentum.

Mark Rylance, who has been an associate artist with the RSC for 30 years, said BP’s sponsorship deal allowed the company to “obscure the destructive reality of its activities”, which he said threatened the future of the planet.

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