News And Events

News And Events

Savannah ESU Branch Meetings to Resume

British Consul General for the southeastern US, Andrew Staunton, will visit us on Wednesday, June 16, in downtown Savannah. Meeting 4-5 pm, reception 5-6 pm. Details to be mailed to past members and guests.

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2021 Shakespeare Competition

The next Savannah ESU Branch Shakespeare Competition will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2021, in the Historic Savannah Theater.

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Queen’s 95th Birthday Celebration – This Weekend!

ESU Branches in the US have not been able to stage their traditional Queen's Birthday celebrations this spring because of the pandemic. The National ESU organization has leapt into the breach and organized an online event via Zoom in its stead:

English Speaking Union's

Toast to the Queen

June 13, 2020, noon EST

Virtually celebrate the Queen's 95th Birthday with ESU and the Queen's Six chorale.

This event is hosted by Dr. Paul Beresford-Hill and Dr. E. Quinn Peeper.

Ladies, please wear your hats…

Let's all grab a glass of bubbly and toast her Majesty the Queen!

How to join the online Birthday party: 

Step 1:  click on this link to register for the party with ESU:
Do this as soon – before Saturday if possible.

Step 2:   Once you are registered, you will receive a confirmation email.  That email contains the link to the meeting and the password to get in. 

Zoom is a fun meeting experience.  You can turn your camera on or off (if you have one).   You can see your friends at other branches around the country.

If you have any questions about this event please contact Bill Edelstein at or contact your local branch at

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2020 Savannah Branch Shakespeare Competition

This year's competition was held at the Historic Savannah Theatre downtown on Chippewa Square. It's the perfect venue for us! We hope this will be the first of many future collaborations.

We accept up to two students per school. This year we had 15 students from 8 schools. The winning student will go on to the National Competition on April 27-28 in NYC. The winning teacher received a cash prize. First- and Second-Runner-up students and teachers also received cash prizes. The winners:

1st Place - Gigi Pingree of Beaufort Academy, teacher Bill Dalton.
2nd Place - Graham Glass of Savannah Arts Academy, teacher Richie Cook.
3rd Place - Emma Dillinger of Beaufort Academy, teach Bill Dalton.

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ESU Traveling Lecturer to Visit Savannah Branch

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Author Elizabeth St John

"The Secret Life of the Tower of London Guest speaker is author, Elizabeth St.John -- Journey back in time to England's infamous Tower of London and its notorious prisoners. What made Sir Walter Raleigh spend most of his time in a hen-house? Did the Wizard Earl of Northumberland succeed in discovering the Philosphers' Stone? And why did William Shakespeare perpetuate the story of the murdered Princes in the Tower? Elizabeth's ancestress, Lucy St.John lived in the Tower from 1617-1630 as the Keeper's wife, and is the subject of her historical fiction trilogy The Lydiard Chronicles. From first hand accounts, memoirs and hidden archives, Elizabeth shares the secret life of the Tower of London. Place: Cranmer Hall, St John Church, 325 Bull St Date: Thursday, February 6, 2020 Time: 4:00 p.m. Reception to follow meeting. Open to the public.

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With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Caroline Downs  from Savannah, GA, a student of Jacqueline Smith at Savannah County Day School in Savannah, placed as a semi-finalist in the 34th  annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition in New York City. The Competition took place on May 1, 2017 on the stage of the Mitzi Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center with 54 semi-finalists from as many ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Caroline previously won the ESU Savannah Branch competition.

The winner of the 34th English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition, Ogechi Egonu, representing the San Francisco Branch, received a full scholarship to attend the American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp in Staunton, VA, this summer.  Second place winner, Brandon Burk, from the Kentucky Branch, won a cash prize of $1,000 from The English-Speaking Union, while the third place winner, Trevon Wainwright, representing the Kansas City Branch of the ESU, received an award of $500 provided by The Shakespeare Society.

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A Message from the Savannah Branch President

The Savannah Branch is the third oldest branch of the English Speaking Union in the United States. our branch is vibrant, growing and fun. Not only do we have monthly speakers but each meeting end with cocktails.

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