Protesters take to the stage at Roundhouse over BP Olympics sponsorship
On 27 June, members of the “Reclaim Shakespeare Company” jumped on stage and performed an anti-BP “guerrilla Shakespeare” skit in front of a theatre audience that included many BP employees.
Stage invaded at ‘Romeo and Juliet in Baghdad’ performance to challenge BP sponsorship
On 28 June, a member of a theatrical action group called the “Reclaim Shakespeare Company” took unexpectedly to the stage at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith. Five minutes before a performance of the highly acclaimed “Romeo and Juliet in Baghdad” was due to begin, this surprise warm-up act performed a short Shakespeare-inspired piece. He challenged the World Shakespeare Festival over their decision to accept sponsorship from BP, who are facing criticism in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon drilling disaster and for the company’s decision to start extracting highly polluting and destructive tar sands oil in Canada.