The Anvil

The Anvil
Churchill Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 7QR
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Opened in 1994 this bespoke arts venue hosts over 400 performances a year. Adjustable seating and a removable proscenium allow the building to cater for a variety of events including theatre, dance, comedy, orchestra recitals and music concerts. It is managed by the Anvil Trust, an independent educational charity who also run other Basingstoke art institutions The Haymarket and The Forge.

Parking is available in The Malls car park next to The Anvil and Basingstoke train station is just across the road.

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There are 48 events at this location

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80s Invasion Tour

Joint tour from 80s favourites Paul Young, Martika, Toyah and China Crisis.

Sat 11 Mar 2017

£34.50 / 01256 844244

Al Murray: Let's Go Backwards Together

A brand new show from everyone's favourite bigoted landlord, Al Murray, star of Happy Hour. Please only cheer at the irony and stay in your house if you actually hate the French.

Wed 5 Apr 2017

Anton and Erin Just Gotta Dance

Strictly Come Dancing's Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag hit the road with their newest show.

Fri 10 Feb 2017

£38.50–£46.50 / 01256 844244

Basingstoke Choral Society

Handel Theodora David Gibson conductor First performed in 1750, this oratorio in three parts was Handel's penultimate composition and his personal favourite. It is a profound and thought-provoking piece with a Christian subject, and is acknowledged to contain some of the composer's finest music. Rarely performed when…

Sun 27 Nov

£7–£27 / 01256 844244

Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra

Stephen Scotchmer conducts a performance of Tchaikovsky's Fantasy Overture Romeo And Juliet, Stravinsky's The Firebird Suite and music from major fantasy films.

Sat 12 Nov

£13–£24 / 01256 844244

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Beyond the Barricade

A selection of the best-loved songs from new and classic West End shows like The Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia, The Lion King and Les Miserables.

Wed 23 Nov

£24 (£22) / 01256 844244

The Bootleg Beatles

Relive the sights and sounds of the 60s with the most established Beatles tribute band.

Tue 11 Apr 2017

£28.50 / 01256 844244

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Nicholas McGegan leads the orchestra for a performance of Mozart's Serenade Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Horn Concerto No 3, Beethoven's Ah Perfido and Schubert's Symphony No 5.

Thu 3 Nov

£10–£40 / 01256 844244

The Bowie Experience

Tribute to the late, great David Bowie.

Thu 17 Nov

£24 / 01256 844244

Brit Floyd

Not to be confused with the Australian Pink Floyd Show, no sirree. These guys are British. But in other ways, quite similar.

Sun 5 Mar 2017

£29.50–£39.50 / 01256 844244

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The Catherine Tate Show Live

Comedian and actor Catherine Tate takes her popular BBC sketch show on the road. The Catherine Tate Show Live featuring new sketches and reunites old characters including Nan Taylor, Geordie Georgie and Lauren 'Am I Bovvered' Cooper.

Wed 2 Nov

Count Arthur Strong

Steve Delaney's deluded thespian creation returns with a new show.

Sat 1 Apr 2017

£23.50 / 01256 844244

Eliza Carthy & the Wayward Band

The Scarborough-born singer and fiddler performs traditional English folk, backed by an ensemble which includes members of Bellowhead, Mawkin, Blowzabella, Edward II and more.

Sat 26 Nov

£22 / 01256 844244

Ellen Kent's Opera & Ballet International: Aida

Verdi's drama about an enslaved Ethiopian princess stars Olga Perrier in the title role and Liza Kadelnik as Amneris. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Sun 23 Oct

£30–£38 ( £28–£36; £15–£19; Children £15–£19) / 01256 844244

The ELO Experience

This tribute band recreates 'Mr Blue Sky' et al, probably with a more stable line-up than the real ELO.

Fri 28 Oct

£24 / 01256 844244

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An Evening With Monty Don

The gardening writer and TV presenter talks about his life, filming work and travels which allow him to visit magnificent gardens all over the world. A former President of the Soil Association, Don knows his stuff when it comes to organic gardening and has committed ideas on how working with nature enriches us all.

Thu 27 Oct

£20 / 01256 844244

Gino D'Acampo: Gino's Italian Escape

The TV chef signs copies of his latest book.

Sat 29 Apr 2017

Heaven 17

Eighties synthpop trio.

Sat 29 Oct

£32.50–£37.50 / 01256 844244

Henning Wehn: Westphalia Is Not An Option

New show from the German Comedy Ambassador.

Fri 19 May 2017

Jim Davidson

  • 3 stars

More controversial stand-up from the x-rated comic and inexplicable winner of 2014's CBB.

Tue 31 Jan 2017

£19.50–£25 / 01256 844244

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Jimmy Carr: The Best of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour

Acerbic wit and dark, deadpan one-liners from familiar telly face Carr.

Johann Strauss Gala: A Viennese Party

  • Directed by: Rainer Hersch (cond)
  • Written by: Strauss

Rainer Hersch conducts an evening of Straussian music and dance, with waltzes and polkas galore.

Sun 22 Jan 2017

£29.50–£34.50 / 01256 844244

Josh Widdicombe: What Do I Do Now

A new show from Widdicombe, who has been so busy doing everything else (appearing on TV, radio and writing/starring in his own sitcom) that we're surprised he's found the time to write a whole new stand-up tour.

Tue 29 Nov

Kevin Bloody Wilson

Australia's cult comedy king performs his too-crude-for-TV songs.

Tue 8 Nov

£29.50 / 01256 844244

Killer Queen

Tribute to the rock stylings of Freddie Mercury and co.

Thu 24 Nov

£23 / 01256 844244

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Maximum Rhythm & Blues

Rock and blues with a twist of jazz by the Paul Jones-fronted combo, together with PP Arnold and Zoot Money.

Sat 5 Nov

£26.50–£28.50 / 01256 844244

Milos - Bach To Beatles

The acclaimed Montenegro-born classical guitarist returns to the stage to perform a wide range of classical and popular, contemporary music, accompanied by the English Chamber Orchestra Ensemble.

Sun 30 Oct

£25–£33 ( £10; Children £10 under 16s) / 01256 844244

Nish Kumar: Long Word … Long Word … Blah Blah Blah … I'm so Clever

  • 4 stars

Quirky observations and intelligent storytelling from Kumar, who is kinda smart.

Omid Djalili

The British-Iranian comedian and star of stage and screen brings his new show to an adoring public.

Fri 10 Mar 2017

£23 / 01256 844244

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Paul Carrack

The voice behind hits such as Ace's 'How Long', Squeeze's 'Tempted' and Mike and the Mechanics' 'The Living Years'.

Sun 12 Mar 2017

£33–£42.50 / 01256 844244

Philharmonia Orchestra: Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich

  • Directed by: Alexander Lazarev (cond)
  • Written by: Shostakovich

Concluding the Philharmonia's Rachmaninov Cycle, Nikolai Lugansky brings his virtuosity and impeccable musicianship to bear on Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. At times dazzlingly virtuosic, at others eerily pensive, and moving between every mood in between, this piece is one of Rachmaninov's finest. High…

Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends

A nine-man shanty folk group drawing on 200 years of traditional vocal repertoire.

Thu 26 Jan 2017

£18–£22.50 / 01256 844244

Professor Brian Cox

Professor Brian Cox takes audiences on a journey through space and time.

Fri 18 Nov

£30–£40 / 01256 844244

Purple Rain

A tribute to Prince.

Sun 12 Nov 2017

£22.50 / 01256 844244

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The RAF In Concert 2016

Royal Air Force musicians perform an inspirational mix of show tunes, classical pieces, legendary big band numbers and stirring military marches.

Wed 26 Oct

£21–£27 / 01256 844244

Rob Brydon: I Am Standing Up …

Him of Marion & Geoff, Gavin & Stacey and The Trip fame, the one with the Welsh accent and the funnies, is bringing a brand new stand-up show out on tour.

Fri 24 Mar 2017

Ross Noble: Brain Dump

The wild-haired Geordie, prone to wondrous tangents and surreal interludes, wanders back out on tour with a brand new show.

Sat 4 Feb 2017

£25 / 01256 844244

Rumours of Fleetwood Mac

The Mick Fleetwood-approved tribute act who cover the gamut of Mac material from the Peter Green era to the Buckingham/Nicks days.

Sat 18 Feb 2017

£23.50–£33.50 / 01256 844244

Sally Morgan

Got a goldfish that you flushed down the toilet that you need to say sorry to? Now's your chance to apologise through the medium of Sally Morgan.

Wed 8 Feb 2017

£24 / 01256 844244

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The Shires

New country duo comprising of Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes.

Sun 20 Nov

£29.50 (£27) / 01256 844244

Simply Gershwin

The London Concert Orchestra in a performance of showtunes and easy listening songs by George and Ira Gershwin, with Gweneth-Ann Jeffers and Njabulo Madlala, singers and Viv McLean, piano.

Fri 25 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 01256 844244

The Sons Of Pitches

Inventive pop covers, original numbers and improvised songs from the multi award-winning a cappella YouTube stars and winners of BBC Two's The Naked Choir..

Fri 11 Nov

£22.50–£26.50 / 01256 844244

Steve Forbert

Forbert's appeal lies in his talent for conveying keen observations through tough, terse poetry, a ready tunefulness and a warm rasping voice.

Sat 29 Oct

£17 (£15) / 01256 844244

That'll Be the Day

Step back in time with a brand new edition of the popular touring show, and hear rock'n'roll hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s.

Sat 28 Jan 2017

£27 / 01256 844244

Thu 13 Apr 2017

£27 / 01256 844244

Tommy Emmanuel

Australian guitarist in concert.

Tue 17 Jan 2017

£25 / 01256 844244

West Berkshire Junior Music Festival

Gala event for local key stage 2 children and guests. Schools are invited to attend and spend weeks rehearsing before coming together for a great celebration of music on the theme of Friendship. Tickets will be available via The Anvil using or 01256 844244. Tickets cost £13.00 for adults and £10.50…

Tue 28 Mar 2017

Wed 29 Mar 2017

Thu 30 Mar 2017

Zurich Chamber Orchestra

The orchestra performs with trumpet soloist Alison Balsom and piano soloist Gabriela Montero. With music by Hummel, Mozart and Shostakovich.

Wed 30 Nov

£14–£40 / 01256 844244

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