Heh, thanks! In the majority of cases, the things I say are rooted in semantics. I'm ridiculously particular about choosing just the right words to convey just the right meaning, and trust me, it does not make me popular at parties.
The English program is really broad (in the sense that it takes bits and pieces of nearly every aspect of the humanities, which is great). Your history/theatre background would fit in perfectly (but it seems like you know that already so I just repeated the obvious). The best thing that comes out of an English degree is probably that everybody expects that you'll have superior writing and communication skills. The worst is that everybody assumes you're going to be a teacher. (Actually, no, the worst is that you realize that 80% of employers don't care that you can analyze "Waiting for Godot" in meticulous detail and just need somebody to sort files alphabetically.)
Anyway, best wishes over yonder and good luck in all your endeavors!