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Darren Freebury-Jones: Shakespeare the family man?

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Melbourne Art Deco

Join us for an evening focusing on Art Deco down under. In this illustrated talk, author of the award-winning Melbourne Art Deco, Robin Grow, explores the Art Deco and Modernist treasures in Melbourne, Australia. Though Melbourne––founded in 1834 at the bottom of Australia––was one of the British Empire's great Victorian cities, this talk illustrates how the interwar years fostered a new spirit of modernism. Much like New York, the 1920s and '30s brought Melbourne motor cars, the modern woman, females as consumers, stunning jazz age fashion, vivacious dance and music scenes, and of course cocktails!

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Noises Off!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018                  6:30 to 10:30 pm

The English-Speaking Union  144 East 39th Street, New York City 

Called "the funniest farce ever written," Noises Off  takes a fond look at the follies of theater folk, whose susceptibility to out-of-control egos, memory loss, and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure. This play-within-a-play captures a manic menagerie of itinerant actors as they perform Nothing On in three stages: dress rehearsal, opening performance, and a performance towards the end of a debilitating run. It offers a window on the inner workings of theater behind the scenes, progressing from flubbed lines and missed cues in the dress rehearsal to mounting friction between cast members in the final performance. Brimming with slapstick comedy, Noises Off is a delightful backstage farce, complete with slamming doors, falling trousers, and – of course – flying sardines! 

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

$20 for ESU National Patrons; $25 for ESU Members;        $35 for Nonmembers

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A Cabaret Evening at the Algonquin

Produced by Elizabeth Sharland

Revert for an evening to the time of the Algonquin Round Table group when martinis flowed like water, the wine was good and the conversation even better.......

Enjoy a three-course dinner (cash bar) followed by a cabaret performance by Steve Ross. 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2018 at 7:15 P.M.
The Algonquin Hotel, 59 W. 44 St. New York, NY 10036  



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A Day of Shakespeare PD


Shakespeare's Globe Education: 
Leadership, Power, and Persuasion
Professional Development with
Tom Davey

Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 8:15 AM
The English-Speaking Union
144 East 39th Street, New York, NY 10016

Join your colleagues for a full day of Shakespeare PD with an expert educator direct from Shakespeare's Globe in London. This PD is limited to 25 teachers only. Participants will learn directly from a Globe Learning consultant, professional actor and Shakespeare expert direct from London. This PD is exclusively available from the English Speaking Union in partnership with Shakespeare's Globe.

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Meet the Practitioner: Tom Davey

Tom trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. He has performed in Twelfth Night and Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare's Globe.

Other theatre credits include, for the RSC:  Love's Labours Lost; Hamlet; A Midsummer Night's Dream; The Comedy of Errors; Twelfth Night; Vanity Fair (Middle Temple Hall); The Three Lions (St James Theatre and national tour); Waterbabies (Leicester Curve); The Norman Conquests (Liverpool Playhouse); Outward Bound (Finborough Theatre); Travesties; The Importance of Being Earnest (Birmingham Rep); The Game of Love and Chance (Salisbury Playhouse); The Importance of Being Earnest (New Wolsey, Ipswich); Moliere (Finborough Theatre).
TV and film credits include: Lewis; Silent Witness, The Syndicate Series II; Hamlet (BBC Films); Van Wilder II: Rise of Taj (Tapestry Films) Victoria Cross; A Serpent in Eden, The Ruby in the Smoke; Shakespeare's Happy Endings; Plenty More Fish.

Tom has worked as a practitioner for Globe Education for 9 years, working across all age groups. Tom became a Globe Learning Consultant in 2015.


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