ESU Richmond Branch


The Richmond branch of the English-Speaking Union is proud to be an active member of the ESU nationally and internationally, offering stimulating programs to its members and educational scholarships and support to the community through the British Universities Summer Studies program and sponsorship of Richmond Shakespeare's Annual "Bardathon" for local high school students.

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News And Events

2013 - 2014 Calendar of Events

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Saturday, September 14th
A Fall Excursion to Blackfriars Playhouse
"Romeo and Juliet"

Tuesday, October 8th
"George IV the Greatest Royal Collector"
Oliver Everett
Librarian Emeritus of the Royal Library at Windsor Castle

Tuesday, October 29th
"The History and Mission of the Order of St. John"
Professor Anthony Mellows OBE, TD

Sunday, November 10th
The English-Speaking Union 2009 Scholars Presentation

Saturday, January 11th
"Champagne and Hollywood"*
Can-Can Brasserie

Tuesday, February 4th
"Drayton Hall, America's earliest and Foremost
Anglo-Palladian Mansion"

Calder Loth

Thursday, March 6th
"Jennie Jerome Churchill: An Extraordinary Woman"
Jane Gabin

Tuesday, April 15th
Evelyn Wrench Program
A Dance with the Dragon: The Vanished World of Peking's Foreign Colony
Lady Julia Boyd

May – date to be confirmed
Garden Party at Tuckahoe Plantation*

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Blackfriars Playhouse 9/14/2013

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Blackfriars September 2013


Twenty one ESU members and guests traveled to Staunton for a performance of Shakespeare's classic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. The internationally acclaimed American Shakespeare Center performs Shakespeare's works under their original staging conditions at the 300-seat Blackfriars Playhouse, "a unique, historically accurate performance space ... a stunning re-creation of the first indoor theater in the English-speaking world." After a luncheon at Emilio's restaurant we attended the terrific performance.


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Branch Members entertained at Blackfriars' Merchant of Venice

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Richmond ESU at Blackfriars Theater, Staunton, Virginia September 15, 2012

On a lovely September afternoon, former BUSS recipient and Board Member Linda Freeman arranged for 15 members of the Richmond branch to go to Staunton, Virginia for lunch and a matinee performance of The Merchant of Venice by the American Shakespeare Center. To everyone's delight, member John Harris had the winning raffle ticket for a poster autographed by the company. (See photo gallery.)


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