ESU New York City Branch

Message from the ESU NY President

Spring is finally upon us and the New York Branch has a full schedule of events and activities for members and friends to enjoy throughout the upcoming months. Take a look at our newsletter to the right for a full list. On May 19, 2016, the ESU will commence their lecture series with Robert Hulse, who will take us on a journey from where the Mayflower began her voyage to the New World. Following on from this, on June 2, Carl Raymond will lecture on The Queen's Table. Tickets are now available! These offerings complement ESU New York's regular Monday evening British Cinema Night Screenings, British Mystery Book Club Discussions and ESU Players Readings.

The ESU of New York is one of 68 Branches located throughout the United States promoting educational opportunities and is part of a global network of ESUs in more than 50 countries around the world. Explore our website to learn more about who we are and what we do.

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News And Events

Win 2 tickets to see A DAY BY THE SEA!

Terms and Conditions apply (please see below).


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New York BUSS Scholar

Congratulations to our ESU Oxford BUSS scholar Michael Klien. From Austen to Shakespeare, Anglo-Saxon to Romantic poetry, British history to contemporary politics--he has mastered his studies and enjoyed his adopted community in Britain.



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Win a 3-course dinner for 2 @ The Shakespeare


After the success of our 2016 National Shakespeare Competition, the ESU want to continue celebrating Shakespeare400 by giving you the chance to win a 3-course dinner at The Shakespeare.

To Enter:
1. Follow ESUUSNational on Twitter
2. Follow Shakespeare_Pub on Twitter
3. Retweet the competition post.  

Terms and Conditions apply (please see below). 

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At the Queen's table

The English-Speaking Union
of New York

Invites you to
At the Queen's Table: 
Food and Dining in the 16th Century from Anne Boleyn to Elizabeth I
a talk by 
Carl Raymond
co-sponsored by
St. George's Society and Historic Royal Palaces 

The 16th century saw some of the most dramatic change culturally, politically and economically in all of England's history. The world of cooking, food and dining was among those areas that evolved substantially under the Tudor monarchs and into the Elizabethan age. In this illustrated talk, professionally trained chef, culinary writer and educator Carl Raymond will chart the course of food as it was cooked, prepared and appeared on royal and noble tables throughout the 16th century. Attendees will leave with a sampling of recipes true to the Tudor period and several will be adapted for the modern kitchen should they wish to try a royal banquet at home.

Thursday, June 2 
6:30 p.m.
The English-Speaking Union
144 East 39th Street, New York City


St. George's Society and Historic Royal Palaces members can register at the Member's price. 


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New York Teen a Finalist in the 2016 English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition

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Abel Garcia, finalist, competing at Lincoln Center in New York City.

With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare on stage at Lincoln Center in New York City, ABEL GARCIA from New York, NY, a student of Gabriel Silva at The Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts in New York, won a place as one of the 10 finalists in the 33rd annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition. The Competition took place on May 2, 2016 with 55 semi-finalists from as many ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Abel previously won the ESU New York Branch competition.

Watch videos of the 2016 Competition Finalists. 


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