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 47 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

The Anvil

£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

Anton and Erin: Swing Time

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

Fri 10 Feb

£38.50–£46.50 / 01256 844244

Ben Hunter, Joe Seamons And Phil Wiggins

The threesome from Seattle performs its own take on Americana, blues and folk. Chris Wallum supports.

Tue 31 Jan

The Forge

£15 / 01256 844244

Big Boy Bloater's Lonely Blues Show

An intimate and mellow performance of stories from the road along with some great covers and original blues, R&B and more from the Farnham-born musician.

Sat 28 Jan

£14.50 / 01256 844244

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The Bootleg Beach Boys

The tribute act plays a selection of hits and cult favourites from the Californian surf band.

Thu 16 Feb

£20.50 / 01256 844244

The Bootleg Beatles

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

Tue 11 Apr

£28.50 / 01256 844244

Brendan Cole: All Night Long

Choreographer, performer and Strictly's dancer Brendan Cole performs more dazzling ballroom and Latin moves.

Fri 31 Mar

£36 / 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

£29.50–£39.50 / 01256 844244


Traditional Irish music with global influences from the band formed at Ulster University. Ciara McCafferty (vocals), Ciaran Carlin (whistles) and Paul Starrett (guitar) are joined by Armagh siblings Emer and Conor Mallon on harp and uilleann pipes.

Sat 18 Feb

£16 ( £14; £14; Children £14 under 16s) / 01256 844244

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Count Arthur Strong

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

Sat 1 Apr

£23.50 / 01256 844244

Eduardo Niebla

The Spanish-born guitarist and his accompanists, perform a melange of flamenco, jazz and other genres.

Fri 10 Mar

£17 (£15) / 01256 844244

Gangsta Granny

  • Written by: David Walliams

The world premiere performance of David Walliams' Gangsta Granny book, about a Friday night with Granny that ends up being more exciting than expected. Presented by the Birmingham Stage Company (Horrible Histories).

Thu 23 Feb

£19.50 (Children £16.50 under 16s) / 01256 844244

Fri 24 Feb

£19.50 (Children £16.50 under 16s) / 01256 844244

Sat 25 Feb

£19.50 (Children £16.50 under 16s) / 01256 844244

Sun 26 Feb

£19.50 (Children £16.50 under 16s) / 01256 844244

Gino D'Acampo: Gino's Italian Escape

The TV chef signs copies of his latest book.

Sat 29 Apr

Gower, Cowdrey & The Holy Bail

Former England cricket captains David Gower and Chris Cowdrey celebrate more than 40 years of friendship from schoolboy beginnings to Ashes-winning innings, sharing anecdotes and personal insights about the sport that shaped their lives.

Fri 17 Mar

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Henning Wehn: Westphalia Is Not An Option

New show from the German Comedy Ambassador.

Fri 19 May

I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue

The BBC Radio panel show, featuring Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Jeremy Hardy and host Jack Dee bringing puns, innuendo and swannee whistles to the world for nigh on 40 years.

Fri 20 Jan

£28 / 01256 844244

Jim Davidson

  • 3 stars

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

Tue 31 Jan

£19.50–£25 / 01256 844244

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

£29.50–£34.50 / 01256 844244

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Jon Richardson: Old Man

Wry observations and pessimistic humour from the 8 out of 10 Cats star, who is starting to feel his age.

Tue 28 Nov

£20.50 / 01256 844244

Kate Rusby

One of the British folk scene's best-loved artists and the voice of contemporary English folk music.

Thu 18 May

£21–£26 / 01256 844244

Kevin And Karen

Strictly Come Dancing professionals and husband-and-wife duo Kevin and Karen Clifton perform the waltz, cha cha, fox trot, tango and salsa, with a supporting cast of dancers and a 12-piece band.

Fri 23 Jun

Prices to be confirmed / 01256 844244


A husband-and-wife folk duo perform infectious folk songs with heavenly vocals alongside Northern humour.

Fri 17 Mar

The Forge

£17 / 01256 844244

Milton Jones is Out There

Absurd one-liners from telly regular Jones.

Thu 23 Nov

£26 / 01256 844244

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The Musical Box

A reproduction of classic Genesis concerts featuring all the hits alongside replica props and visuals.

Sun 15 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 01256 844244

Nathan Bell

The singer-songwriter from Chattanooga performs his Americana and folk originals.

Fri 10 Feb

£15 ( £13; £13; Children £13 under 16s) / 01256 844244

Omid Djalili

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

Fri 10 Mar

£23 / 01256 844244

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

£33–£42.50 / 01256 844244

Peter Knight's Gigspanner

Traditional and contemporary folk.

Sun 5 Mar

£16 / 01256 844244

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Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends

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

Thu 26 Jan

The Anvil

£18–£22.50 / 01256 844244

Purple Rain

A tribute to Prince.

Sun 12 Nov

£22.50 / 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

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

£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

£23.50–£33.50 / 01256 844244

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Russell Kane: Right Man, Wrong Age

Russell Kane discusses why it's perfectly okay to be 20 but feel 40 (or vice versa) and explains why nobody really feels their age.

Fri 21 Apr

The Russian State Ballet And Orchestra Of Siberia: Coppelia

  • Directed by: Sergei Bobrov
  • Written by: Tchaikovsky

A comedy of errors set in a doll-maker's workshop.

Tue 24 Jan

£33.50–£41 (Children £19 under 16s) / 01256 844244

The Russian State Ballet Of Siberia: La Fille Mal Gardee

  • Written by: Frederick Ashton

Frederick Ashton's romantic ballet about Lise, who is in love with Colas, a young farmer, however her mother has more ambitious plans for her future. Accompanied by the Orchestra of the Russian State Ballet.

Mon 23 Jan

£33.50–£41 (Children £19 under 16s) / 01256 844244

Russian State Ballet: Swan Lake

  • Written by: Russian State Ballet

Tchaikovsky's magical score accompanies this tale of mystery and romance with spellbinding ballet dancing from the Russian State Ballet.

Wed 25 Jan

£28.50–£41 (Children £19 under 16s) / 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

£24 / 01256 844244

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The Solid Silver 60s Show

Relive the nostalgic sounds of 60s pop in the company of Peter Noone, Brian Hyland, Dave Berry, New Amen Corner & The Merseybeats.

Wed 19 Apr

£29.50–£32 / 01256 844244

Stephen Bailey: Nation's Sweetheart

The comedian tackles the art of conversation with stories of dating disasters, family lunacy and celebrity put-downs.

Fri 26 May

Sue Perkins: Spectacles

The bespectacled half of Great British Bake-Off duo Mel and Sue goes solo with her new book Spectacles.

Fri 17 Feb

£25.50 / 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

£27 / 01256 844244

Thu 13 Apr

£27 / 01256 844244

The Unthanks

Eccentric Geordie folk sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank.

Fri 28 Apr

£22 / 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

Wed 29 Mar

Thu 30 Mar

Zoe Lyons: Little Misfit

Razor-sharp wit and incisive, offbeat gags from the award-winning stand-up.

Sat 11 Mar

The Forge

£16 / 01256 844244

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