News And Events

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.



Read Full Story


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). 

Read Full Story


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. 


Read Full Story


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

News Photo

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. 


Read Full Story


The Mayflower

The Mayflower Sailed from London
a talk by
Robert Hulse
co-sponsored by
The Society of Mayflower Descendants

In Rotherhithe, borough of Southwark, south-east London, stands a statue of a ship captain, which is inscribed: In memory of Christopher Jones, Captain of The Mayflower, who landed 102 planters and adventurers and founded the first permanent settlement in Massachusetts. Although most people think the Mayflower sailed from Plymouth, initially the Mayflower set sail from Rotherhithe only to turn back when her companion ship, the Speedwell proved leaky. The second attempt, from Plymouth to the New World, succeeded, and the rest, as they say, is history. This lecture will tell the story of Southwark in 1620, a place of great vitality and extreme contrasts and from where the Mayflower began her voyage to the New World.  

Register here. 


Read Full Story


The English-Speaking Union

New York City Branch

New York City Branch Landmark Photo

Welcome to the ESU

The ESU celebrates English as a shared language to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators, and members.

To find out more about our programs click here.