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Twelfth Night & Sunday Brunch

Join our ESU group for a fun, romantic comedy & Sunday Brunch!

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Are you ready to see a funny, fresh, contemporary take on a Shakespearean crowd-pleaser? Well, you're in luck. This comedy of mistaken identity, music, and the madness of love is ESU's next group event. This romantic comedy is produced by KC Rep and all ESU members and guests are invited to attend the Sunday matinee performance on September 25 at 2:00 pm.

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Our ESU group will first meet for a delightful Sunday Brunch at Grand Street Café on the Plaza. This award-winning brunch has all your favorites brunch items. See brunch menu here. Then, just a short drive to the Spencer Theatre on the UMKC campus.

When: Sunday, September 25, 2022.

Time: 12:00 pm Brunch at Grand Street Café, 4740 Grand Ave, Kansas City, MO. Separate food checks, 21% gratuity added to checks BUT no sales tax.

Arrive at Spencer Theatre: 1:30 pm. UMKC campus, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, MO

Curtain: 2:00 pm

Tickets: We have a group discount of $36.00 per ticket. Call KC Rep ticket office at (816) 235-2700. Tell them you are with the ESU Group to purchase a ticket(s) for Twelfth Night for September 25 at 2:00 pm. Purchase with credit or debit card. Pick up your ticket(s) in lobby at Will Call desk under name "ESU Group."


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ESU Gala Watch Party

ESU Kansas City Members and Guests Are Cordially Invited

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After two postponements due to the pandemic, the ESU Headquarters is celebrating its long-anticipated Centennial Gala. This will be a special event held in New York City with Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal in attendance. The ESU invites all members and their guests across the U.S. to participate virtually in the celebration on Monday, October 3, 2022..

The ESU Kansas City Branch will hold a Watch Party in Kansas City to watch all the festivities during a live-stream broadcast from the Cosmopolitan Club in New York City.

Our Kansas City Branch Watch Party will be held at the Club House of City Place Apartments in Westport. The Club House has a large TV screen for everyone to see the program, sofas, chairs, a full kitchen, and a full-size pool table.

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We invite all members and their guests to bring a hot or cold appetizer or dessert to share with everyone. ESU will provide beverages including champagne to toast HRH Princess Anne.

When: Monday, October 3, 2022,

Time: Please arrive between 4:00-4:30 pm Central Time. The program begins at 5:00 pm CT.

Where: Club House at City Place Apartments, 701 Westport Rd., Kansas City, MO.

Tickets: This is a free event for ESU members and guests. Cash donations in any amount are welcome but not required to cover cost of reserving Club House.


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A Queen's Tea: The Final Tribute

Monday, September 19, 2022 at 6:00 PM CT

All ESU members and Friends of ESU are cordially invited to a special Queen's Tea hosted by Anna Marie's Tea and the ESU on September 19 at 6:00 pm. This will be a final tribute to Queen Elizabeth II. We invite you to share your memories and stories about Queen Elizabeth. You are also welcome to bring any memorabilia you have of the Queen to share with everyone—in other words, a "Royal Show and Tell." We will have drawings for door prizes too.

This will be a full English Tea served at Anna Marie's Teas in Liberty, Missouri. The tea will include a variety of tea sandwiches, sweets, Brenda's signature scones, mock Devonshire cream, fine fruit butter or fruit jams and premium tea. 

When: Monday, September 19, 2022, at 6:00 pm Central Time

Where: Anna Marie's Teas, 343 W. Liberty Dr., Liberty, MO.

Directions and parking: Click here  Parking is limited around Anna Marie's Teas.  Please carpool where possible. 

Tickets: $28 per person. Please pay online here with credit or debit card.

Friends and Guests We welcome friends and guests so please bring your friends. This is a special Tea Party celebrating Queen Elizabeth and we encourage you to purchase your tickets as soon as possible so you won't be disappointed. 


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The ESU Remembers Queen Elizabeth

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It is with admiration and profound respect that we pay tribute to the life and legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty served as Patron of the English-Speaking Union of the Commonwealth since granting it a formal Royal Charter in 1957. She served alongside her husband the late Prince Philip who was President of the English-Speaking Union of the Commonwealth from 1952 to 2011. The Princess Royal, Princess Anne has since taken the mantle as President of the English-Speaking Union of the Commonwealth.


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ESU Happy Hour Guest Speaker: Professor Jeremy Crang

Join Our Next ESU Happy Hour
Guest Speaker: Professor Jeremy Crang

Next Happy Hour: Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 3:00 PM Central Time

During the Second World War some 600,000 women were absorbed into the Women's Auxiliary Air Force, the Auxiliary Territorial Service, and the Women's Royal Naval Service. These women performed important military functions for the British armed forces, both at home and overseas, and the jobs they undertook ranged from cooking, typing and telephony to stripping down torpedoes, overhauling aircraft engines, and operating the fire control instruments in anti-aircraft gun batteries. In his recent book Sisters in Arms (Cambridge University Press, 2020), which draws on a multitude of sources and combines organizational history with the personal experiences of servicewomen, Jeremy Crang traces the wartime history of the WAAF, ATS, WRNS, and the integration of women into the armed forces. Professor Crang's talk will be presented live from Edinburgh, Scotland. ESU Happy Hours are free online programs for members and guests. Please register. Read more.

Register Here!

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