National Theatre to end Shell funding

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Image caption The National Theatre has around three dozen corporate partners and members in total

The National Theatre is to end funding from oil giant Shell after declaring a climate emergency.

Shell was one of 19 companies holding a corporate gold membership, meaning it contributed between £15,000-£30,000 per year to the London theatre.

“The scale of the change required means we are already scrutinising every part of the way we operate,” the venue said.

The move comes days after the Royal Shakespeare Company ended its partnership with BP.

Shell’s current contribution to the National is on a smaller scale than the BP deal, which subsidised £5 tickets for young people to visit the RSC.