ESU New York City Branch

Message from the New York Branch

Dear Fellow New York Branch Members,

Our fall season was quite eventful, characterized by some unexpected and welcome events. These included two lectures on Art Deco architecture in Great Britain and Australia in conjunction with the Art Deco Society of New York, a cabaret evening at the Algonquin with Steve Ross organized by Elizabeth Sharland Jones, an Amateur Comedy Club performance of Noises Off! and a related reception.  Before November is over, we will have had a lively evening recording a podcast talk for national distribution featuring Randy Cohen and Peter Gilliver, editor of the Oxford English Dictionary

As the season draws to an end, and as has been our custom, we are now gearing ups for our end-of-year Yuletide Party.  Again this year, we are collaborating with The British Schools & Universities Club, and the Yuletide Party will take place here at the English-Speaking Union, 144 East 39th Street.  The festivities begin at 6:00pm and feature an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, buffet dinner, caroling, a panto, and a "white elephant" gift exchange.  We hope to see you then! 

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News And Events


Thursday, July 11, 2019
6:30 p.m.
The English-Speaking Union
144 East 39th StreetNew York City

This classic suspense film finds New York City ad executive Roger O. Thornhill (Cary Grant) pursued by ruthless spy Phillip Vandamm (James Mason) after Thornhill is mistaken for a government agent. Hunted relentlessly by Vandamm's associates, the harried Thornhill ends up on a cross-country journey, meeting the beautiful and mysterious Eve Kendall (Eva Marie Saint) along the way. Soon Vandamm's henchmen close in on Thornhill, resulting in a number of iconic action sequences.


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The British Invasion of Broadway

During the twentieth century many theatrical adventures from Great Britain made their mark on Broadway. In this fascinating talk about her new book, The British Invasion of Broadway Continues, Elizabeth Sharland follows on from her best-selling book on historic theatrical London with a similar approach to the theatrical heritage of New York. Her new book features chapters written by Richard Eyre, former Head of the National Theatre of Great Britain, and John Miller, biographer of Dame Judi Dench, as well as chapters on Glenda Jackson, Mark Rylance and some of the earliest British actors to come here. She discusses the places where the British legends, such as the Oliviers, Sir Noel Coward and the great impresarios were wined and dined when staying in New York, including the famous Algonquin Hotel, which British actors still call home. Elizabeth Sharland endeavors to keep those great memories alive, recording the early days when the first British actors went to New York, and when a transfer of a play to Broadway was something special.

Thursday, May 30, 2019
6:30 p.m.
The English-Speaking Union
144 East 39th Street, New York City

$20 for ESU National Patrons
$25 for ESU Members
$30 for Non-members
ESU National Patrons are invited to enjoy a private reception with Ms. Sharland in the Executive Director's office at 6 p.m.

Click here to register online

Click here to download the registration form. 


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Celebrate the Commonwealth


 invites you to its annual reception to


at the historic

in the financial district

From 6.30 – 9.00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

 In accordance with tradition, the Consuls General of the Commonwealth, in New York, have been invited

Prior to the reception guests may wish to visit the Queen Elizabeth II Garden in Hanover Square. The reception commences at 6.30 p.m. in the Pearl Suite which looks over the Garden.

Click here to download reservation form. 


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An Evening With Anton Chekhov

Wednesday, May 15 - 6:00 to 10:30 PM

The Amateur Comedy Club's spring production, features two one-acts and one monologue of three chestnut farces.  ACC has secured rights for the latest 1993 updated translations of the one-acts The Marriage Proposal and The Boor (also known as The Bear for some quirky reason), providing the actors with the most current and pithy jib jab bon mots. Smoking Is Bad For You: A Monologue, a husband's lament prompted by his "thoughtful wife," was penned in 1889 in ink. Where is Chekhov's gun?  You'll need to book now to find out!

We will gather for the reception between 6:00 and 6:30 pm at the ESU and walk over as a group to the
 Amateur Comedy Club at 7:15 pm for an 8:00 pm curtain.

$15 for ESU Members     $20 for Non-members

Register by mail using this form or online at this link


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Art Deco Chicago: Designing Modern America

Join The English-Speaking Union and ADSNY for an engaging illustrated talk that will highlight Chicago's role in bringing revolutionary modern design to the American marketplace.  Focusing on the critical period from the 1930s to the 1950s, Bruegmann explores issues of design and aesthetics within the larger social, economic, and cultural context of the period. His talk discusses the ways in which the city's industries, advertising firms, and mail order companies advanced modern design on the local, regional, and national levels. In addition to seeing how stunning Art Deco towers set trends for skyscrapers throughout the country, highlights of this presentation include iconic decorative arts and industrial designs for products such as Schwinn bicycles, beautiful Deco radios by Motorola, streamlined coffee makers from Sunbeam, an entire universe of products from Sears and Montgomery Ward…and more!

Click here to register online or download the paper registration form here. 


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