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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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

Al Stewart: Back To The Bedsit Tour 2017

The veteran Glasgow-born folk rock singer-songwriter celebrates 50 years in the music business by performing acoustic versions of his back catalogue including Bedsitter Images. He is accompanied by long-time collaborator Dave Nachmanoff and guitarist Tim Renwick.

Sat 22 Apr

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

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Litton conducts the orchestra for Strauss's Don Quixote and Brahms's Piano Concerto No 2. Featuring violist Tom Beer, cellist Jesper Svedberg and pianist John Lill.

Fri 3 Mar

£14–£40 ( £10; Children £10 under 16s) / 01256 844244

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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

Bronwynne Brent

The contemporary folk singer-songwriter from the Mississippi delta visits the UK's stages.

Tue 21 Mar

The Forge

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

Count Arthur Strong: The Sound of Mucus

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

Sat 1 Apr

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

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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 hit the road in celebration of more than 40 years of friendship from schoolboy beginnings to Ashes-winning innings, sharing fun-filled anecdotes and personal insights about the sport that shaped their lives.

Fri 17 Mar

Hampshire County Council Chairman's Concert

Jonathan Willcocks conducts the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra, accompanying 300 singers, for a medley from West Side Story, followed by a performance of Carmina Burana.

Sun 19 Mar

£10 (£7) / 01256 844244

Henning Wehn: Westphalia Is Not An Option

New show from the German Comedy Ambassador.

Fri 19 May

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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.

John Mayall

Elder statesman of British blues, who mentored the likes of the young Eric Clapton and Peter Green on his 80th Anniversary Tour.

Fri 17 Nov

£29.50–£32 / 01256 844244

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

Jools Holland and His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

Jools and his band play classic boogie woogie and rock'n'roll tunes for your merriment. Featuring guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall.

Thu 1 Jun

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

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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

The King Is Back

Elvis tribute from Ben Portsmouth.

Wed 10 May

£29 / 01256 844244


Pop icon, Bond singer and 1969 winner of the Eurovision Song Contest whose singing career spans six decades.

Fri 24 Nov

£39 / 01256 844244

Marcel Lucont's Whine List

The 2012 Amused Moose Award-winning alter-ego of Buckinghamshire-born Alexis Dubus offers arrogant musings on culture and Gallic superiority.

Thu 11 May

£12–£14 / 01256 844244

Mayor's Spring Charity Concert

A varied evening of music, song and dance, showcasing the talent of young performers from Basingstoke and the surrounding areas, including The Basingstoke Area Youth Orchestra, Area Youth Wind Orchestra and Percussion Ensemble.

Sat 4 Mar

£15 (£11) / 01256 844244

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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

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

Naomi's Wild And Scary

The children's TV presenter recalls some of her most exciting wildlife experiences from the far flung corners of the world and introduces the audience to some of the most fierce and frightening animals she met along the way, joined on stage by Animal Mark.

Thu 20 Apr

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

Omid Djalili: Schmuck for a Night

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

Fri 10 Mar

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Sat 18 Mar

£14–£40 ( £10; Children £10 under 16s) / 01256 844244

Adam Fischer conducts the orchestra and cellist Steven Isserlis, for Haydn's Overture from La Fedelta Premiata and Cello Concerto In C and Beethoven's Symphony No 7.

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

Philharmonia Orchestra: Philharmonia At The Movies

A night of film music by the legendary Hollywood composer John Barry featuring the score to Born Free, a host of Bond films and the Oscar-winning movie Dances with Wolves. The conductor is Nicholas Dodd.

Sun 26 Mar

Purple Rain

A live celebration of the life, legacy and music of Prince.

Sun 12 Nov

£22.50 / 01256 844244

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Rick Wakeman

The world-renowned former Yes keyboardist performs pieces from his recent solo album, Piano Portraits.

Sat 10 Jun

£26 / 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

Russell Brand: Re:Birth

The controversial stand-up embarks on his latest tour, inspired by the birth of daughter.

Thu 16 Nov

£27.50 / 01256 844244

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 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

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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

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.

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's website, or by telephoning 01256 844244. Tickets cost £13.00 for adults and…

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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