ESU Richmond Branch

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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 TLab-UK program and sponsorship of Richmond Shakespeare's Annual "Bardathon" for local high school students.

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News And Events

2018 Fall and 2019 Winter and Spring Events


SEPTEMBER 23 - Sunday
Reception at Virginia House
Guest Speaker:  Jamie Bosket, President and CEO of the Virginia Museum of History and Culture (the Virginia Historical Society)
4301 Sulgrave Road, 23221 – 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

OCTOBER 25 – Thursday
Royal Palaces and Castles
Guest Speaker:  John Braymer
Virginia House, 4301 Sulgrave Road, 23221
Time TBD

NOVEMBER 8 – Thursday
"Painting 007" Watercolors
Guest Speaker:  Gerald Wadsworth
7 p.m. - 9 p.m
  Since 2010, Mr. Wadsworth  has been painting "A Tribute to James Bond - 007" - a series of watercolour paintings that visually interpret the books of Ian Lancaster Fleming, as well as the James Bond films. He will have several original watercolours on display.

JANUARY 12 - Saturday

The 1812 Wickham House
15 E. Clay Street, Richmond, VA
House tour at 1:00 p.m., $8.00 entrance fee
Afternoon tea at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Pettus LeCompte

FEBRUARY
Even, Time and Guest Location TBD 

MARCH 24 – Sunday
Presentation by our TLab Scholars about their summer studies in Britain
Westhampton Center (aka The Deanery) 33 Westhampton Way, University of Richmond
Time TBD 

APRIL 4 – THURSDAY
Oliver Everett
Librarian Emeritus, Windsor Castle
Virginia House
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

MAY 12- Saturday
Annual Meeting and Reception
George Goodwin
Benjamin Franklin in London
Hofheimer Building, 2818 West Broad Street
4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

 

 

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Blackfriars Playhouse 9/14/2013

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Blackfriars September 2013

A FALL EXCURSION TO BLACKFRIARS PLAYHOUSE*
"ROMEO AND JULIET"
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH
STAUNTON, VIRGINIA

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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