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AUTUMN 2017 G R E AT P E R F O R M A N C E – L I V E




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Sat 16 Sep, 8pm

The Haymarket


Peak Bullsh*t


Worried about your job? Worried about your family? Education? Climate change? World War 3? Worried about worrying? Come and have a laugh about it. It’s one of the things we do best. Or is it? Was it something we did best but like everything else has now gone West. Or South. Or East. Ah - go on. Take a risk. Put on your lucky pants and your party shoes – and get yourself on a night out. We could all use a laugh. £17 (includes £2 booking fee) Suitable for: ages 14 and over (parental guidance advised)


Family ticket

Group booking rate available

Relaxed Performance

Signed Performance

Schools rate available




Thu 21 Sep, 7.45pm

The Anvil


Celebrating the Centenary of Jazz

Chris Barber OBE, one of the last original British jazz giants, has been actively recording and touring with his band for more than 68 years. This 10-piece band features everything from New Orleans to blues to late 20's Ellington, played with extraordinary panache and skill. On this special night celebrating one hundred years of jazz, you will hear songs from that age as well as Chris’ favourites such as Bourbon Street Parade, Jubilee Stomp, Petite Fleur, Ice Cream, When the Saints Go Marching In and many more. You can count on an exciting evening of high quality jazz and blues. £23 (includes £2 booking fee)

Thu 21 Sep, 8pm

The Forge


Jack Lukeman is one of Ireland’s most respected and best loved performers described as “a mixture of all the great voices of the 20th century” (The Guardian). This multi-platinum selling award-winning, singer songwriter, most recently appeared at the Royal Albert Hall as the special guest of Jools Holland. “A gorgeous, versatile baritone” Washington Post £14 (includes £2 booking fee)

Fri 22 Sep, 7.45pm

The Anvil


An up close and personal evening with Martin Kemp as he discusses his life in the public eye before answering your questions. Actor, musician and occasional TV presenter, Martin has played bass in Spandau Ballet since 1979. He appeared with his brother Gary in the film The Krays and as the villainous Steve Owen in EastEnders. £24 VIP £50 (ticket plus meet and greet) (includes £2 booking fee)


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The Forge


BBC Folk Award-winner Maz O’Connor is a precise and considered lyricist and a composer of heart-tugging melodies reminiscent of some of the 1960s’ most revered American balladeers, whilst being undoubtedly English, youthful and now. She will perform songs from her new album The Longing Kind exploring the tensions and conflicts of a young woman living in London. £15 Over 65s, under 16s and f/t students £13 (includes £2 booking fee)

Sat 23 Sep, 7.45pm

The Anvil


Belinda Davids honours the talent, music and memory of Whitney Houston featuring a fabulous six-piece band and dancers. The two hour production will take you on a heartfelt musical journey through Houston’s greatest hits – I Will Always Love You, I Wanna Dance with Somebody, One Moment in Time, I’m Every Woman and more. The Greatest Love of All: The Whitney Houston Show has already wowed audiences across the world and now returns due to popular demand. £29.50 (includes £2 booking fee)

Sat 23 Sep, 7pm

The Forge


Exit 6 Film Festival will take place at multiple venues around Basingstoke town centre celebrating exciting and original films from around the world. The Top 6 short films will be screened in The Forge, where awards including Best Film will be presented. £14 (including £2 booking fee)



Sun 24 Sep, 5pm

The Anvil


Pam Ayres has been making the nation laugh for over 40 years. Her work is funny and approachable. Her hair-trigger timing, her eye for the detail of everyday life, and for its absurdity, makes for an art that hides art. Recent radio broadcasts include Just a Minute, Loose Ends, and five of her own series of Ayres On The Air for Radio 4, and on TV The Paul O’Grady and Alan Titchmarsh shows, Countdown and The One Show. £23.50 (includes £2 booking fee)

27 – 30 Sep, 7.30pm Thu & Sat 2pm

The Haymarket Talking Scarlet presents

BODY DOUBLE In Body Double the actors are actors, the set is a set and the play being rehearsed mirrors the life of those rehearsing. Eventually everyone starts to lose track of what is real and what is simply being acted out. So, when one of the characters tries to take on the life of another this leads inevitably to deadly consequences.

“Mark Carey manages to strike that perfect thrillermystery formula… just when you think you understand what’s going on, a new twist catches you by surprise.”

Guaranteed to keep you guessing until the very end.

Stratford Herald

by Mark Carey

Wed – Thu £22, Fri – Sat £24, 2pm performance £19 Over 65s £2 off, under 16s and f/t students £13 (includes £2 booking fee)


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Thu 28 Sep. 7.45pm

The Anvil


Killer Queen’s expert musicianship, extraordinary energy and accurate portrayal of the world’s greatest live band have rightfully earned them the title of Queen tribute royalty. Thrilling sell-out audiences across the globe, Killer Queen recreates the high energy, powerful phenomenon that was Queen live. £23 (including £2 booking fee)

Thu 28 Sep, 8pm

The Forge


Stephen King said, “Michael's one of the best in the world.” Brilliant live, his latest album was described as "one of the best of the 21st century" by Americana Roots UK. Heather will be performing tracks from her new album. £14 Over 65s, under 16s and f/t students £12 (includes £2 booking fee)

Thu 5 Oct, 7.45pm

The Anvil


How Can I Love You More

Brit and Mercury Music Award-winner Heather Small returns with a brand new tour celebrating the 25th anniversary of M People. Featuring all the hits – Moving On Up, One Night in Heaven, Search For a Hero, and of course the anthemic Proud. £29.50 (includes £2 booking fee)

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“A masterful retelling of the classic Gothic novel”

★★★★★ Broadsheet Boutique on Blackeyed Theatre’s Frankenstein

Tue 3 Oct, 2pm & 7.30pm

The Haymarket Blackeyed Theatre in association with South Hill Park presents

by Robert Louis Stevenson, adapted for the stage by Nick Lane Doctor Henry Jekyll is a good man. Successful within his field and respected by his peers, he’s close to a discovery that will change the face of medical science forever. However, when a close friend threatens to expose and destroy his work, Jekyll is forced to experiment on himself, whereupon something goes very wrong… or very right. And suddenly Jekyll has a new friend, the brutal Edward Hyde. This thrilling adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s dark psychological fantasy immerses you in the myth and mystery of 19th century London’s fog-bound streets where love, betrayal and murder lurk at every chilling twist and turn. Gripping, stylish and thought-provoking, this is unmissable theatre. Go on... treat your dark side! £22, 2pm performance £19 Over 65s £2 off, under 16s and f/t students £13 (includes £2 booking fee) Suitable for: ages 11 and over


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“(They) make three-part harmonies divinely – all sun, serotonin, and retro-radio.” Globe & Mail

Thu 5 Oct, 8pm

The Forge


The Good Lovelies are one of Canada's premier folk bands. Funny and upbeat, their textbook three-part harmonies, constant instrument swapping, and witty stage banter have enlivened the folk music landscape since they joined forces in 2006. £15 Over 65s, under 16s and f/t students £13 (includes £2 booking fee)

Fri 6 Oct, 7.45pm

The Anvil


featuring Lejaune André, star of The Magic of Motown If you love the music of Stevie Wonder, then you’ll love this smash hit show Signed, Sealed, Delivered. Featuring back-to-back hits including Superstition, Higher Ground, Master Blaster, Isn’t She Lovely, I just Called To Say I Love You plus many, many more! What’s more, to ensure we’ll have you all dancing in the aisles, Lejaune André will be joined by a fabulous band, outstanding backing vocalists, and top dancers. So, get ready for the wonder that is… Signed, Sealed, Delivered. £27 (includes £2 booking fee)


Fri 6 Oct, 7.30pm

The Haymarket


The Shadows make few live appearances, but The Bootleg Shadows keep their sound alive by performing a must-see concert that encompasses their amazing career from 1960 up until the early 80s. £20 Over 65s, under 16s and f/t students £18.50 (includes £2 booking fee)

Sat 7 Oct, 7.30pm

The Anvil


in aid of the Mayor's Charity Appeal

This annual event, featuring over 300 local performers, showcases an excellent variety of talent from soloists to schools and groups. Featuring music, dance, theatre and more, this is a programme that will appeal to all. £15 Over 65s and under 16s £11 (includes £2 booking fee) Proceeds will go to the Mayor’s charity appeal

Sat 7 Oct, 8pm

The Haymarket


America’s Got Talent 2015 winner, ventriloquist Paul Zerdin, returns to the UK fresh from headlining the world famous Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, with a sparkling new show featuring his all-star cast of (in)famous puppets! Join Paul, Sam, Albert and Baby, plus two crazy brand new characters, for an evening of laugh out loud stand-up comedy and ventriloquism. Paul is a regular on The Royal Variety Show and has been seen most recently on Michael McIntyre’s Big Christmas Show and at The London Palladium last Christmas. £19.50 (includes £2 booking fee) Suitable for: ages 15 and over



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Sun 8 Oct, 2pm

The Haymarket


Treble Clef Island is a wonderful land of music, song and dance, but there’s a problem. Calando the dastardly duck has escaped and is threatening to steal sound forever. Join Colin the Cockatoo on a quest to find the island animals and thwart Calando’s plans. A Waltzing Elephant, a Reggae Frog and a Geordie Jazz Giraffe are just some of the musical-misfits Cockatoo meets along the way. Enjoy colourful characters, great puppets and catchy songs written by Al and Sam of The Hoosiers. Featuring Kerry Ingram (Olivier Award-winning Matilda) as the voice of Metro The Gnome. £10 (includes £2 booking fee) Suitable for: ages 2 – 102! Running time: 60 minutes

Thu 12 Oct, 7.45pm

The Anvil Music Theatre Wales presents


★★★★ The Times ★★★★ The Guardian ★★★★ ★★★★ Opera Now Set in a Chinese restaurant found in any city anywhere, The Golden Dragon is a compelling fable of modern life. At the heart of this Eastmeets-West tale is the discovery of a tooth in a bowl of soup. It belongs to a kitchen boy, a long way from home and with no papers. He’s looking for his sister, but she’s been forced into a very different kind of service just next door… Funny and shocking in equal measure, this brilliant new opera poignantly captures the horrors of too many lost lives. Peter Eötvös is one of Hungary’s leading composers, whose twelve operas include Three Sisters, Angels in America and Love and Other Demons (Glyndebourne 2008). “I began being baffled and amused, but I ended up haunted and moved” Daily Telegraph

£27 Over 65s £24 and f/t students £14 (includes £2 booking fee)

“A tragicomic delight… both genuinely funny and searingly serious” The Guardian Top 10 Classical Music



13 – 15 Oct Fri 1.30pm & 4.30pm Sat & Sun 10.30am & 1.30pm

The Haymarket

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the popular picture book. Fri 13 Oct, 7.45pm

The Anvil


Prokofiev Symphony no. 1 (Classical) Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade Tchaikovsky Symphony no. 4 Vladimir Altschuler Prokofiev’s lively Classical Symphony takes Haydn’s symphonies as its affectionate model, successfully updating the form to the early twentieth century. Rimsky-Korsakov’s Arabian Nights fantasy is full of memorable moments as the beautiful Scheherazade spins her enthralling tales. Tchaikovsky’s powerful Fourth Symphony is one of his most successful works. The opening fanfare, said to represent the power of fate, is followed by a lyrical slow movement and pizzicato scherzo. In the finale, the fanfare returns to striking effect as the work drives to its thrilling conclusion. £40, £36, £29, £22, £14 Under 16s and f/t students £10 (includes £2 booking fee) Over 65s and Platinum Friends Standby tickets available on the day

6.30pm The Forge


with Jonathan James

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Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party-mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?

“An absolute delight” ★★★★★ Scotsman “Monstrous fun!” ★★★★ Daily Mail £14.50 (includes £2 booking fee)


Suitable for: ages 3 and over and their grown-ups Running time: 55 minutes (no interval)


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Sat 14 Oct, 7.45pm

The Anvil


Often acclaimed as the world’s official no.1 Eagles tribute, The Illegal Eagles return for their special 20th anniversary tour. Performing all of the Eagles hits including Hotel California, Take It Easy, Lyin’ Eyes, Take it to the Limit, Life in the Fast Lane and many more! “Amazing musicianship and vocals”


£26.50 (includes £2 booking fee)

Sat 14 Oct, 8pm

The Forge


Tipitina deliver their own take on the blues, barrelhouse, boogie and gospel of New Orleans, in the footsteps of Professor Longhair, Dr. John and Fats Domino. Following on from their acclaimed debut album I Wish I Was In New Orleans, Tipitina are now on a roll with their next album and selling out venues such as Ronnie Scott’s. “Tipitina seem to tick just about all the boxes in the stack” Blues Matters

Sun 15 Oct, 8pm

The Anvil


Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Genesis

Exclusively licensed by Peter Gabriel and Genesis, The Musical Box, internationally acclaimed for its re-enactment of early Genesis works, is coming to the UK to perform The Black Show, a re-imagining of their performance of Selling England by the Pound. The emblematic 1974 show, originally only ever seen in America, allowed Genesis and Peter Gabriel to attain rockstar status, enjoying to this day a cult following from nostalgic and young music lovers alike. £48.50, £37, £24.50 (includes £2 booking fee) Suitable for: ages 14 and over

£15.50 Over 65s, under 16s and f/t students £13.50 (includes £2 booking fee)

"The Musical Box recreated, very accurately I must say, what Genesis was doing. I saw them in Bristol with my children so they could see what their father did back then" Peter Gabriel



Sun 15 Oct, 8.15pm

The Forge


Nominated for Best Group and Best Album at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016, Lankum (formerly known as Lynched) are a four-piece traditional folk group from Ireland who combine distinctive vocal harmonies with arrangements of Uilleann pipes, concertina, fiddle and guitar. Their repertoire spans humorous Dublin music hall ditties and street songs, classic ballads from the Traveller tradition, traditional Irish and American dance tunes, and their own original material. £16.50 Over 65s, under 16s and f/t students £14.50 (includes £2 booking fee)

Wed 18 Oct, 7.30pm

The Anvil


To mark the 70th anniversary of the US Air Force, the Royal Air Force’s finest musicians will perform a Stars and Stripes flavoured musical tribute to their fellow aviators. With big band numbers from the swing era, rock and roll, Motown and standards from the Great American Songbook, music stars from the United States have helped provide the soundtrack to our lives over the past seven decades. The programme of music will include Hoe Down, Stars & Stripes March and I Left My Heart in San Francisco. £28, £25, £21 (includes £2 booking fee)

Thu 19 Oct, 8pm

The Anvil


Star of Live at the Apollo, Your Face or Mine, How’d You Get So Rich? and her Netflix special Katherine Ryan: In Trouble, Katherine Ryan is a writer / performer and comedian who is dominating the UK television and live comedy scene. “One of the stand-out stand-ups of her generation”

★★★★ The Times £19.50 (includes £2 booking fee) Suitable for: ages 14 and over


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18 – 21 Oct, 7.30pm Thu & Sat 2pm

The Haymarket Talking Scarlet presents the 25th anniversary production of

by Ray Cooney starring Rebecca Wheatley (Casualty), Judy Buxton (On the Up), Michelle Morris (The Knock) and David Callister (The Bill) Dr. David Mortimore, renowned neurologist, is about to deliver the most important lecture of his life. A knighthood is certainly within reach. When into his hospital sanctuary comes Jane Tate – ex-nurse and ex-girlfriend – with shocking news as to why she departed so hastily 16 years and nine months ago. Not only is Dr. Mortimore the father of her son Leslie, but the strapping teenager is now in reception baying to see his long lost parent! Trying to hold both his career and marriage together, there is only one solution for Dr. Mortimore – send for faithful friend Dr. Bonney. What ensues is a dangerous web of expanding lies and manic cover-ups as the duo improvise at breath-taking speed in a near faultless piece of theatrical invention with the inevitable hilarious consequences. It Runs in the Family is farce at its finest, spinning deliriously out of control and tickling the funny bones in renowned Ray Cooney fashion. You mustn’t miss it! Wed – Thu £22, Fri – Sat £24, 2pm performance £19 Over 65s £2 off, under 16s and f/t students £13 (includes £2 booking fee)


Sat 21 Oct


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20 – 21 Oct Fri 7.45pm Sat 4pm & 8pm

The Anvil Direct from London’s West End, where it is now in its record breaking 9th year, Thriller Live celebrates the career of the world’s greatest entertainer. Seen by over four million people in over 30 countries, Thriller Live continues to moonwalk around the world, taking you on a visual, audio and electrifying journey through the magic of Michael’s 45 year musical history. Experience over two hours of non-stop hits including: I Want You Back, ABC, Can You Feel It, Off The Wall, The Way You Make Me Feel, Beat It, Billie Jean, and, of course, Thriller! £34.50, £32.50, £29.50, 4pm performance £31.50, £29.50, £26.50 Over 65s, under 16s and f/t students £2 off (includes £2 booking fee)

“A total blast. The staging and constant brilliance of the musicians keep us riveted. A wonderful show.” ★★★★



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The Forge


with special guest Brooke Sharkey

One of folk's most talented young storytellers, Blair Dunlop is back. Showcasing for the first time live songs from his brand new album 4 Walls, (not released until early 2018), this is sure to be a great evening of adventurous music. He is joined by special guest Brooke Sharkey, whose distinctive and beguiling vocal style earned her a place in The Guardian's Future 50. Come and enjoy a fresh take on folk from two superb young musicians, and see these stars on the rise. £15 Over 65s, under 16s and f/t students £13 (includes £2 booking fee)

Sun 22 Oct, 3pm

The Anvil


Olivier Award-nominated singer Alison Jiear and the London Concert Orchestra Show Band celebrate the 100th birthday of The First Lady of Song, with unforgettable hits and music made famous by Ella Fitzgerald. Featuring Get Happy, Embraceable You, Fascinating Rhythm, But Not for Me, At Last, The Very Thought of You, Don’t Mean a Thing and more. “A bring-down-the-house voice” New York Times £31.50, £29 Over 65s, under 16s and f/t students £2 off – limited offer (includes £2 booking fee)

Sun 22 Oct, 7.30pm

The Haymarket


An intimate evening with Only Fools and Horses actor John Challis

Enjoy an intimate evening with John Challis, one of the nation's greatest comedy actors, best known as Boycie in Only Fools and Horses. In this one-off show, the national treasure will reveal secrets from the set with stories and anecdotes from his dazzling career. Mr Challis will meet fans after the show to sign autographs and pose for pictures, while signing copies of his autobiography, Being Boycie, and novel, Reggie: A Stag at Bay. £18 (includes £2 booking fee)



Tue 24 Oct, 8pm

The Anvil


A bold new stage production celebrating pop hero David Bowie; his music, artistry, style and showmanship. Influenced by Bowie’s concert performances, Live On Mars fuses sound and vision to portray his alter egos and creative muses, with stunning big screen visuals and animation. Featuring the electrifying vocals and uncanny likeness of singer and lifelong fan Alex Thomas backed by a handpicked world-class band, Live On Mars is sure to become the definitive musical tribute that all generations of Bowie fans have been waiting for. Expect to hear Space Oddity, Ziggy Stardust, Heroes, Ashes to Ashes, Let's Dance, Changes, Starman, Rebel Rebel, Sound & Vision, Young Americans and many more. £36.50, £26.50 (includes £2 booking fee)

Wed 25 Oct, 7.30pm

The Anvil


Stand Up & Rock is back! Jasper Carrott is back in a new stand-up show with his musical compatriots that have been 'rockin' audiences all over the world. Bev Bevan, as well as being Jasper's mate, has rock star credentials that most dream of – a founding member of The Move and ELO, Bev’s band is one of the finest around. Joining them are Geoff Turton from the Rockin' Berries, and Suzi Woo. Do not miss this fantastic show that gives the opportunity to hear great artistes belt out a night of fantastic songs, and Jasper back where he belongs... making us laugh! £29.50 (includes £2 booking fee)

Wed 25 Oct, 2pm

The Haymarket Three Half Pints presents


“Exuberant slapstick silliness and great fun for the whole family” ★★★★★ Mumsnet

All for Fun – and Fun for All! Chaos, mayhem and stupidity reign supreme as the Three Half Pints swish their swords, buff their boots and flourish their feathers in their most ridiculous adventure yet! Join the CBeebies’ favourites (as seen on Justin’s House, Spot Bots) in a hilarious new slapstick adventure of chivalry, swordplay and suddenly falling over. £12 (includes £2 booking fee) Suitable for: ages 5 and over and their families Running time: 90 minutes (including interval)


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Wed 25 Oct, 7.45pm

The Forge


Jim Causley is celebrating over a decade as an acclaimed solo artist with a brand new album of self-penned material, Forgotten Kingdom. His distinctive voice and character have helped him become one of the most well-loved and respected figures of today’s contemporary roots and folk music scene. £14.50 Over 65s, under 16s and f/t students £12.50 (includes £2 booking fee)

Thu 26 Oct, 7.30pm

The Haymarket


The award-winning Carpenters Story celebrates the music of one of the most successful pop duos in music history, Richard and Karen Carpenter. Acclaimed international star Claire Furley remains unsurpassed in her uncanny representation of Karen Carpenter. Her stunning vocal harmonies, combined with state of the art video projection and lavish musical arrangements, will take you on an incredible journey through the back catalogue of The Carpenters.

“A very accurate and faithful portrayal, I’m flattered!” Richard Carpenter

Featuring all the timeless hits including (They Long To Be) Close To You, We’ve Only Just Begun, Superstar, Yesterday Once More, Top of the World, Please Mr Postman, and many more! £27 (includes £2 booking fee)

Fri 27 Oct, 7.30pm

The Anvil


Richard Thompson is one of this country's greatest songwriters and most distinctive guitar virtuosos, capable of breath-taking drama and sublime delicacy, prompting Rolling Stone to hail him as “a perennial dark-horse contender for the title of greatest living rock guitarist.” His songs have been covered by everyone from Alison Krauss to Robert Plant. The show will draw on Richard's new double-disc album Acoustic Classics Vol. 2 and Acoustic Rarities as well as his extensive back catalogue. With support from Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker. £37, £32, £27 (includes £2 booking fee)


Fri 27 Oct, 8pm

“Ridiculously silly… wickedly funny”

The Haymarket

★★★★★ The Times


The Improvised Jane Austen Novel On Tour

An improvised comedy play starring the country’s quickest comic performers. At every show the cast conjure up a brand new ‘lost’ Jane Austen novel based on nothing more than a title suggested by the audience. Fresh from six sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, a monthly residency in London’s Leicester Square and a BBC Radio 4 special, their show continues to entertain and astonish audiences in equal measure. Previous masterpieces have included Sixth Sense & Sensibility, Double 0 Darcy and Mansfield Shark, and no two shows are ever the same. Performed in period costume with live musical accompaniment, this is a Regency treat guaranteed to delight Austen novices and die-hard fans alike. £16 Over 65s, under 16s and f/t students £14 (includes £2 booking fee) Suitable for: ages 12 and over

Sat 28 Oct, 7.45pm

The Anvil

MIDGE URE, THE CHRISTIANS and ALTERED IMAGES Three critically acclaimed music acts of the 80s join forces – Midge Ure’s Band Electronica, The Christians and Altered Images featuring Clare Grogan. With millions of albums sales and definitive tracks, plus over 30 years perfecting their craft performing to audiences at sold out stadiums, intimate unplugged sets and everything in between, this is a golden opportunity to see three true stars of the era perform live in one great night out. Featuring a selection of hits that made the decade, this is definitely not to be missed. £34, £31.50 (includes £2 booking fee)


OCTOBER | NOVEMBER Sat 28 Oct, 7.30pm

The Haymarket

TUBULAR BELLS (MIKE OLDFIELD) + MARY CASIO: JOURNEY TO CASSIOPEIA (HANNAH PEEL) Performed by Tubular Brass and Hannah Peel, arranged and conducted by Sandy Smith. One of the all-time great albums, Tubular Bells, is performed live by Tubular Brass, a 28-piece brass band made up of some of the UK’s leading players. The ensemble will also present Mary Casio, a new commission for brass band by Hannah Peel, a young ‘next generation’ electronic composer who grew up playing in colliery brass bands. £19.50 Over 65s, under 16s and f/t students £17.50 (includes £2 booking fee)

Sat 28 Oct, 8pm

The Forge


Renowned blues guitarist and superb entertainer in the style of BB King and Robert Cray. Eugene Bridges is a man blessed with a level of craftsmanship far beyond his years and is the man who may just hold the key to the future of blues. If you like your blues music delivered with buckets of class and warmth, then Eugene should not be missed. £15 Over 65s, under 16s and f/t students £13 (includes £2 booking fee)

Wed 1 Nov, 7.45pm

The Anvil


The UK's most successful rock musical concert returns! Steve Steinman has ramped up the vamp in this spectacular sequel to the phenomenally successful Vampires Rock. This rock-tastic, hilarious show lives up to its rocking reputation. A tongue in cheek storyline, spellbinding cast, guitar gods and sexy vampettes take you on a ride through some of the greatest classic rock anthems ever! Includes tracks from Queen, AC/DC, Meat Loaf, Journey, Guns N’ Roses and many more. With just the right amount of fun and humour, this night of mischief and mayhem will get you up on your feet and roaring with laughter! £28 (includes £2 booking fee)

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Wed 1 Nov, 7.30pm

The Haymarket


Strictly Come Dancing, Freddie Mercury, Whitney Houston, Elton John, Starlight Express, We Will Rock You, Annie, Hot Gossip… the list goes on and on and on. Arlene Phillips has been an inimitable choreographer and director for over four decades. Since creating the provocative dance group Hot Gossip in the 1970s, Arlene has been a household name. Prepare to be surprised and entertained as Arlene gossips with singer, dancer and choreographer Jacquie Storey about a lifetime in dance and reveals the truth behind The Glitz, the Glamour and the Gossip. £27 (includes £2 booking fee)

Wed 1 Nov, 8pm

The Forge


A young band of monstrously musical brothers from Flanders. Championed by fRoots magazine, their “rooted folk music” breathes life, freedom and energy into a repertoire of traditional Flemish tunes and their own self-penned material. Folky grooves, melancholy melodies and intuitive interplay combine to exceptional effect. “Technical excellence and rare musicality of all three.” fRoots

£15.50 Over 65s, under 16s and f/t students £13.50 (includes £2 booking fee)

Thu 2 Nov 7.45pm

The Anvil



Westphalia is not an Option

Join German Comedy Ambassador Henning Wehn for an evening of Teutonic jolliness at its best. This time Henning’s having an unbiased look at immigration. He also wonders, if, generally speaking, people are competent. Luckily in his case this doesn’t matter as either he’s funny or he lives up to a national stereotype. It’s a win-win situation. Come along. Or else. £18.50 (includes £2 booking fee) Suitable for: ages 16 and over


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The Haymarket


How do you tame wildness? For hundreds of thousands of years our ancestors existed in a world where they depended on wild plants and animals. They were hunter-gatherers - consummate survival experts, but taking the world as they found it. Then a revolution happened: we started to domesticate wild species and they became crucial to our own survival and success. Join Alice Roberts as she delves into archaeology, history and genetics to reveal the amazing stories of the species that became our allies. From dogs, cattle and horses to wheat, potatoes and apples, find out how taming all these species has left its mark on them – and us. £19.50 Over 65s, under 16s and f/t students £17.50 (includes £2 booking fee)

Fri 3 Nov, 7.45pm

The Anvil


Marty Wilde’s 60th Anniversary Tour

Join us in celebrating Marty Wilde’s 60th anniversary in the business as he, together with Eden Kane, Mike Berry, and The Wildcats, as well as very special guest Mark Wynter, join forces. Teen idols of their day, Marty, Eden, Mike and Mark show us how rock ‘n’ roll with its fusion of sound and rhythm shaped the style of music that we listened to then and still do today. Includes hits such as A Teenager in Love, Rubber Ball, Donna, I Don’t Know Why, Well I Ask You, Don't You Think it's Time, The Sunshine of Your Smile, Venus in Blue Jeans, Go Away Little Girl, and many, many more! £31.50, £29.50 (includes £2 booking fee)

Sat 4 Nov, 7.45pm

The Anvil


Elgar Joseph Phibbs Elgar

In the South (Alassio) Clarinet Concerto (world premiere) Symphony no. 1

Mark van de Wiel clarinet Edward Gardner Elgar’s vivid evocation of an Italian holiday opens the concert. It is followed by a new Clarinet Concerto by Joseph Phibbs, whose piece Rivers to the Sea was such a success when commissioned for The Anvil’s eighteenth birthday. In his first symphony, Elgar followed the great symphonic tradition while managing to retain his own musical language. The steady march with which the piece opens reappears at crucial moments before being transformed into a triumphant conclusion. The Philharmonia Orchestra is Anvil Arts Orchestra in Partnership

£40, £36, £29, £22, £14 Under 16s and f/t students £10 (includes £2 booking fee)


Over 65s and Platinum Friends standby tickets available on the day

6.30pm The Forge


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6 – 7 Nov, 7pm

The Haymarket


Shakespeare Schools Foundation is proud to present the world’s largest youth drama festival for a series of productions staged by your local schools. Whether you are a parent, friend or another local school, we invite you to an exhilarating evening of theatre where you will see Shakespeare’s stories brought to life like never before. Details of the schools performing at The Haymarket can be found at £11 Over 65s, under 16s and f/t students £9 (includes £2 booking fee)

Tue 7 Nov, 8pm

The Anvil


The Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour

Jimmy Carr has gathered a selection of his very best jokes along with brand new material for the ultimate comedy show. A man who has devoted his life to crafting perfect jokes and has left a trail of laughter in his wake, Jimmy Carr’s tour will distil everything we love to laugh at and be shocked by, into one incredible, unparalleled night of entertainment. £29.50 (includes £2 booking fee) Suitable for: ages 16 and over

Thu 9 Nov, 7.30pm

The Anvil


Born to Go Wild From a very young age Ray Mears discovered the joys of exploring the wilderness, the most intact, undisturbed wild natural areas left on our planet. His fascination with this environment, that has not been modified by civilized human activity, has greatly shaped his life. Ray will take you on a journey that he deeply values for cultural, spiritual, moral and aesthetic reasons and explain why he believes these are vital for the human spirit and creativity. £27 Over 65s £22, under 16s £19.50 (includes £2 booking fee)


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8 – 11 Nov, 7.30pm Thu & Sat 2pm

The Haymarket The health club where you can have your cake and eat it! Mo-tivators is the worst health and fitness club in the country. Run by Maureen, a ‘big-boned’ fifty-something widow at a small hall in the middle of nowhere, it only attracts clientele who have nothing better to do. Jackie comes to get away from her philandering husband and she’s started to bring her younger sister Whitney along to keep her out of trouble. Donald comes because he secretly loves Maureen. He’s lost 12 stone so far – if he doesn’t ask her out soon there’ll be nothing left of him! Things seem to be on the up when Sophie, a researcher for a reality TV programme, comes to check out the club but when a snowstorm arrives it brings with it revelations which will change their lives forever in this comedy about friendship, frostbite and French fries. Wed – Thu £22, Fri – Sat £24, 2pm performance £19 Over 65s £2 off, under 16s and f/t students £13 (includes £2 booking fee)



Sat 11 Nov

Stay in your seat after the 2pm performance for a free Q&A with the company

“I urge you to go and see this riotous comedy” The Evening Chronicle

Talking Scarlet presents

by Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood


Sat 11 Nov, 7.45pm

Sat 11 Nov, 8pm

The Anvil

The Forge


Classical Treasures Concert

Beethoven Tchaikovsky Scotchmer Brahms

Egmont Overture Piano Concerto no 1 Valse Tragique (from Symphony no 2) Symphony no 3

Stephen Scotchmer conductor Yulia Chaplina piano Sue Bint leader Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra presents a true treasure chest of some of the most cherished classical music ever written. Beethoven's powerful Egmont Overture gets the evening off to a stirring start. Dynamic, award-winning Russian pianist Yulia Chaplina returns to The Anvil stage to perform Tchaikovsky's ever-popular Piano Concerto no. 1. Stephen Scotchmer's beautiful and poignant Valse Tragique is a tribute to the victims of the Bataclan attack in November 2015. An especially genial warmth pervades the whole of Brahms' Third Symphony, rising in the first and fourth movements to some climaxes of real passion. £24, £20, £13 Over 65s £2 off, f/t students half price, Under 16s £2 (includes £2 booking fee)

Sun 12 Nov, 8pm

The Anvil

PURPLE RAIN – A CELEBRATION OF PRINCE A celebration of the music, life and legacy of Prince, Purple Rain is a non-stop, hit packed show delivering more than two hours of great music. Featuring an eight-piece band, expect to hear all your favourite tunes: 1999, Little Red Corvette, Purple Rain, Kiss, Diamonds and Pearls, U Got The Look, When Doves Cry and so many more. Hailed by original Prince and the Revolution drummer Bobby Z as “authentic and on the money”, do not miss your chance to see Purple Rain live. £24.50 (includes £2 booking fee)



Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have long established themselves as one of the UK folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships. Twice recent winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo, the couple’s intimacy and strength have won them many fans and an enviable reputation as “Songwriters par excellence” (fRoots). With a story that includes over 20 years of music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have consolidated themselves as pillars of modern British folk. £16 Over 65s, under 16s and f/t students £14 (includes £2 booking fee)


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Wed 15 Nov, 8pm

The Anvil


Special guests include Natasha Watts Soul II Soul are the greatest British urban act ever! They revolutionised R’N’B and are the art of cool. Featuring Jazzie B and Carol Wheeler and their very special live orchestral band and DJs, their hits keep on coming including Back to Life, Keep on Moving, Get A Life, Jazzie’s Groove and many more. Come experience the very best of Soul II Soul. £36.50 (including £2 booking fee)

15 – 25 Nov, 7.30pm 18 & 25 Nov 2.30pm

The Haymarket Basingstoke Amateur Theatrical Society presents

FOOTLOOSE Everybody cut loose and kick off your Sunday shoes! This sizzling rock ‘n' roll musical explodes onto The Haymarket stage for the first time ever! City boy Ren thinks his life is over when he’s forced to move to a rural town where dancing and rock music are banned. Ren rebels – and soon has all hell breaking loose and the whole town on its feet. Based on the 1984 film, Footloose features hits including Holding Out for a Hero, Let's Hear It for the Boy and the unforgettable title track. £23.50, Opening night £18.50 (no concessions) Over 65s and f/t students £21.50, under 16s £15 Early booker offer: £2 off if booked by 12 Aug or first 500 sold (includes £2 booking fee)

Thu 16 Nov, 8pm

The Anvil


Re: Birth

“How do we make sense of the madness of our lives once we become parents? What am I going to tell my daughter about conformity and responsibility? What happens if she grows up to be like me? Or, worse, to date a man like me?” £29.50 (includes £2 booking fee). Maximum of 6 per transaction. Suitable for: ages 16 and over



Fri 17 Nov, 7.45pm

The Anvil


For over 50 years, John Mayall has served as a pioneer of blues music, rightly earning him the title, “The Godfather of British Blues”. Regarded by many as British blues’ most influential artist, John’s band The Bluesbreakers launched the careers of Eric Clapton, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Peter Green and Mick Taylor. 64 albums later and John’s captivating and authentic sound is still as vital today is it ever was. Special guest and long term collaborator, Texan guitarist Buddy Whittington makes a welcome return to the UK. £34, £31.50 (includes £2 booking fee)

Sat 18 Nov, 7.45pm

The Anvil


Mendelssohn Holliger Mendelssohn Schubert

Overture: The Hebrides Meta arca Piano Concerto no. 1 Symphony no. 9

Stephen Hough piano Heinz Holliger Mendelssohn’s vivid musical picture of the surging sea around Fingal’s cave is followed by a short piece by tonight’s conductor, written for this orchestra. Mendelssohn’s piano concerto shows many of his strengths, as a dramatic first movement gives way to a lyrical and tender slow section. The finale is a tour de force of fleet fingered virtuosity. Schubert’s last symphony is possibly his greatest masterpiece in any form, a supremely lyrical and imaginative work. The four movements are built on a grand scale and the musical architecture is handled with great care, yet the whole piece unfurls in one majestic sweep. £40, £36, £29, £22, £14 Under 16s and f/t students £10 (includes £2 booking fee) Over 65s and Platinum Friends standby tickets available on the day

6.30pm The Forge


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Sun 19 Nov, 7.45pm

The Anvil


for the first time ever… JUST JOE with special guest Henry Gross

Joe will be on stage all evening, and the musical styles incorporated into this new show are as distinctive as the man himself. This time he brings with him special guest Henry Gross. Packed with timeless classics, rockabilly, gospel, country, folk and rock ‘n’ roll, all interwoven with Joe’s effervescent delivery and humorous reminiscences, this sensational show is a musical journey not to be missed. £30.50, £28.50 (includes £2 booking fee)


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The Anvil


is Out There

Milton Jones is Out There. No, really out there and this time he hasn't just forgotten his keys. He's holding up the mirror of truth to society, and he can see right through it, which means it’s probably just a window. In his brand new show he'll be putting his foot down and lifting the lid on the pedal bin of lies of the media (which doesn't include these words obviously). He will also be scaling the heights of fashion at the risk of falling into a terrible cravat. Oh and now he wants to be Prime Minister too. Can we do worse than the politicians we already have? Yes we can! £28 (includes £2 booking fee)

Fri 24 Nov, 7.30pm

The Anvil


All About the Music

Following her smash hit 2016 tour, Lulu returns with her biggest tour yet! There is one overriding influence in the life of this acclaimed singer, songwriter, actress, businesswoman, Grammy and Novello Award nominee, and that is it has always been ‘All About the Music'. Lulu delivers a show packed full of her hits, new songs and songs that have influenced and guided her throughout her incredible career. “I absolutely love playing live and can’t wait to be out on the road again... so please come and join me”. £41 (includes £2 booking fee) “Visually it was stunning and a feast for the eyes. Thoroughly enjoyable”

★★★★ Stage Talk Magazine



Sun 26 Nov, 7pm

The Anvil


A Night at the Opera

Erica Eloff soprano Alexander James Edwards tenor John Lofthouse bass David Gibson New London Sinfonia Basingstoke Choral Society presents a selection of the most popular operas.

Sat 25 Nov, 7.30pm

The Anvil The Russian State Ballet and Opera House

THE NUTCRACKER Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to a dazzling performance of the most famous ballet in the world – The Nutcracker. The Russian State Ballet and Opera House featuring a live orchestra with over 30 musicians is here to delight you with a vibrant and enchanting production. The Nutcracker is a seasonal favourite. Snow flurries, sweets, princes, magic and love are just some of the elements that are brought together. A much loved ballet, full of familiar music such as the Waltz of the Flowers and the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, it tells the story of a little girl whose godfather gives her a Nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve, and the magic begins... £33 Over 65s, under 16s and f/t students £31 (includes £2 booking fee)

Sat 25, 7.45pm

The Forge


The Last Train Tour

Rediscover the genius of blues masters Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry, as Guy Davis and Fabrizio Poggi bring you an evening inspired by these two musical greats. Heavily influenced by the storytelling style and harmonica technique of Sonny Terry, Guy Davis has earnt himself the moniker ‘Ambassador of the blues’. Now he's teaming up with Italian harmonica ace Fabrizio Poggi in this exciting opportunity to see two expert musicians perform music that really sparks their passion. £15 Over 65s, under 16s and f/t students £13 (includes £2 booking fee)

Among the arias and choruses being performed will be Bizet’s famous duet from The Pearl Fishers, Verdi’s muchloved Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves, the drinking song from La Traviata, the beautiful Easter hymn from Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, as well as the Waltz from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. The evening concludes with Wagner’s Procession and Chorale from Die Meistersinger. “No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.” W.H.Auden £27, £21, £16, £14 F/t students and under 16s £7 (includes £2 booking fee)

Tue 28 Nov, 8pm

The Anvil



The Old Man

This event has now sold out. Please call the box office on 01256 844244 to be added to the waiting list. £22.50 (includes £2 booking fee) Suitable for: ages 14 and over (parental guidance advised – may contain strong language and adult content)


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Tue 28 Nov, 8.15pm

The Forge


Voted Chicago’s Best Emerging Artist in 2014, the band is renowned for captivating audiences with a lively stage show that lifts the spirits. Playing, performing and writing together for over three years, The Way Down Wanderers have built an enthusiastic and fast-growing following. “They grabbed me from the first track” said Country Music People while Americana UK declared them “a talented bunch – a band to watch!” £14.50 Over 65s, under 16s and f/t students £12.50 (includes £2 booking fee)

29 Nov – 2 Dec, 7.30pm Thu & Sat 2pm

The Haymarket Rumpus Theatre Company presents Wilkie Collins’

starring Mark Homer (EastEnders) and Terri Dwyer (Law and Order UK) A haunting play based on the chilling tale by the author of The Woman in White. Widower Stephen Rayburn’s young daughter Lucy runs back to him from the woods in Kensington Gardens. He can see that she’s frightened. “Is it the dog?” he asks. “It’s not the dog,” she answers. “It’s the lady ... I think she might be mad!” The ghostly woman Stephen meets leads him into a web of lust and revenge that reaches out from beyond the grave. …but who will feel the ghost’s touch? Wed – Thu £22, Fri - Sat £24, 2pm performance £19 Over 65s £2 off, under 16s and f/t students £13 (includes £2 booking fee)



“Rumpus guarantees to set your heart racing!”



Fri 1 Dec, 7.45pm

The Anvil


Mozart Bruckner

Piano Concerto no. 23 Symphony no. 8

Robert Levin piano Kirill Karabits Mozart’s piano concerto was one of three he composed while working on The Marriage of Figaro. Its limpid scoring and deeply poetic slow movement give it an atmosphere distinctive among his many concertos. Bruckner’s mighty Eighth Symphony is built on an impressive scale and embodies musically ideas of doubt, despair and consolation across its four movements before ending with a blaze of glory which was hailed right from its first performance as “the absolute victory of light over darkness”.

Thu 30 Nov, 7.45pm

The Anvil

£40, £36, £29, £22, £14 Under 16s and f/t students £10 (includes £2 booking fee) Over 65s and Platinum Friends Standby tickets available on the day


6.30pm The Forge

Timeless World Tour 2017

To book your free ticket please call the box office on 01256 844244.

From the very beginnings of Dr Hook to the height of their success, Dennis Locorriere was the unmistakable voice of the band’s biggest hits and best loved songs. Receiving more than 70 platinum and gold discs, Dr Hook have won huge acclaim in many countries. Reviving special memories with hits such as Sylvia's Mother, Sexy Eyes, A Little Bit More and When You're In Love with a Beautiful Woman, don’t miss the opportunity of seeing Dr Hook live! £34 (includes £2 booking fee)

Thu 30 Nov, 8pm

The Forge


A truly original, brilliant and genuine American artist with a restless curiosity and an almost violent imagination. His career stretches back to the early 1970s with Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Doug Sahm covering his songs. £22 Over 65s, under 16s and f/t students £20 (includes booking fee)



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Sat 2 Dec, 7.45pm

The Anvil


Christmas with The Rat Pack is still the coolest party in town so beat the winter blues with the Frank, Sammy and Dean. Drift back in time to the glamorous, glitzy nights of Vegas in the company of three of the world’s most popular entertainers performing at the famous Sands hotel with the fabulous Burrelli Sisters and The Rat Pack Big Band. Hit follows hit including pack favourites Mr Bojangles, That’s Amore, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Volare and seasonal classics including Baby it’s Cold Outside, Let it Snow, Let it Snow, White Christmas and Winter Wonderland. If you wish you’d swung with the hardest partying pack in town, now’s your chance! £31.50, £29.50 (includes £2 booking fee)

Sun 3 Dec, 7.30pm

The Anvil


Big Machine 2017 Tour

with support from Duotone Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band released Big Machine to critical acclaim in February. The album is undoubtedly one of Eliza’s most adventurous and accomplished works to date and their live show, which features a who’s who of names in the folk world, is equally as impressive, ambitious and exhilarating. £23 (includes £2 booking fee)

“Remarkable as much for the quality and range of her singing as for the inventive arrangements”

★★★★★ The Guardian


Tue 5 Dec, 7.45pm

The Anvil


Red E 2 Rock Christmas

Celebrate the holiday season with a man who helped shape the music of Christmas. Recently inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in New York, Roy Wood is known across the world as a founder of The Move, ELO, and Wizzard. Featuring Roy and his Big Rock & Roll Band, performing hits like California Man, Flowers in the Rain, Fire Brigade, See My Baby Jive, I Wish it Could be Christmas Every Day and many more, this show has been selling out venues across the country, in what has become an annual British Christmas tradition. Get ready for a great rockin’ evening you won't want to miss. £32 (includes £2 booking fee)

12 – 13 Dec, 7.30pm Wed 1.30pm

The Haymarket The Dickens Theatre Company presents

A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens “Bah! Humbug! It's just an excuse to pick a man's pocket once a year!” The old miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, has no time for Christmas or those that celebrate it. One night he is visited by the ghostly apparition of his seven years dead business partner, Jacob Marley. Marley is condemned, for eternity, to wander the earth shackled by the chain of wrong doing he forged in life. He tells Scrooge that he will be visited by three spirits and therefore afforded the chance to escape the same fate. But, will Scrooge choose to amend his ways? Does he deserve a second chance? £18 Over 65s, under 16s and f/t students £13 (includes £2 booking fee)


“Joyous... Bring on the bowls of seething punch!” ★★★★★ The Morning Star



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“Catchy tunes... and enthusiastic audience participation make this production more traditional than most pantos doing the rounds... Christmas, kiddy-style – just as it should be” Brighton Argus

8 – 10 Dec Fri 10.30am & 1.30pm Sat & Sun 11am, 2pm & 4pm

The Haymarket Big Wooden Horse and Brighton Dome present

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Adam Bampton-Smith On the night before Christmas, Emily stares out of the window, hugs her teddy and waits excitedly for the morning, while in the corner a little mouse called Eddie can’t understand why only humans are allowed to get presents. So he sets off in search of Father Christmas to find out for himself. Along the way he dodges the family cat, gets directions from a cowardly robot and is given some unexpected advice from the magical fairy on top of the tree. Will Eddie get an answer? Will Emily get her wish? And what is that funny-shaped present sitting under the tree? The Night Before Christmas returns due to popular demand.

Sat 9 Dec, 4pm £13 Relaxed Peformance £9 (includes £2 booking fee) Sponsored by

Suitable for: ages 2 and over and their families Running time: 50 minutes

14 Dec 2017 – 7 Jan 2018

The Anvil Hook your tickets now for Anvil Arts’ spectacular pantomime for 2017! All children, except one, grow up. Fly far away to Neverland with Peter Pan, Wendy, John and Michael. Cheer the Lost Boys and Tinker Bell, and boo the wicked Captain Hook and his motley crew. But beware of the ticking crocodile! One of the most famous and best-loved children’s stories, Peter Pan is an unforgettable, enchanting and timeless tale that has been enjoyed by generations for over one hundred years. Book now for this swashbuckling adventure for the whole family, complete with everything you would expect of a traditional pantomime – spectacle, laughter, magic and music, plus a big sprinkle of fairy dust!


“Filled with festive merriment and cheer that shimmers and sparkles... This is a panto that has something for everyone” British Theatre Guide on Sleeping Beauty

Tue 2 Jan, 2pm

Tue 19 Dec, 6pm £27, £26, £23, £19 Relaxed performance £10 Over 65s £2 off (not 23, 24 or 26 Dec), under 16s and f/t students £3 off (includes £2 booking fee) Sponsored by



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Thu 14 Dec, 7.30pm

The Haymarket Chroma Ensemble presents

VAKULA AND THE DEVIL – A UKRAINIAN CHRISTMAS EVE A magical retelling of Nikolai Gogol’s famous story Christmas Eve interwoven with a ravishing selection of Russian and Ukrainian music and song. Honest blacksmith Vakula is in love with the beautiful but proud Oksana. But how on earth will he manage the impossible task she sets him before Christmas? Bass-baritone, cellist and storyteller Matthew Sharp joins Chroma musicians to perform music by Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov and Borodin as well as Ukrainian folk music. £18 Under 16s and f/t students £10 (includes £2 booking fee)


“Superb, stylish playing from Chroma” Opera Today

Sat 16 Dec, 7.30pm

The Haymarket


Maddy Prior leads a line-up featuring faces old and new. Their 2017 performances will see them perform new gems alongside old favourites that have made them one of the most successful British folk rock bands ever. “Don't miss them” The Independent £24 (includes £2 booking fee)



Sun 17 Dec, 6pm

The Haymarket

BASINGSTOKE TAPPERS and JAZZ DANCE CO. Santa Claus is Coming to Town

A Christmas spectacular guaranteed to get you in the seasonal mood. Jam-packed with scintillating dance routines, dazzling costumes and superb singers. Exciting choreography to 42nd Street, Beauty and the Beast, Trolls and Half a Sixpence makes this show a treat for all the family. Plus a magical visit from Santa Claus! £18 Under 16s £12 (includes £2 booking fee)

Wed 20 Dec, 7.30pm

The Haymarket


Come and join the exceptional Cara Dillon for a night of Christmas songs in what will undoubtedly be a magical and memorable festive experience. Having recorded her highly anticipated Christmas album Upon a Winter's Night, Cara and her band will be performing carols, Celtic hymns and other seasonal songs to celebrate and share in the Christmas spirit. A tradition in the making. £22 (includes £2 booking fee)

21 – 22 Dec, 7.30pm

The Haymarket


Holly at Christmas

Buddy Holly and The Cricketers once again herald the Yuletide festivities with Holly at Christmas, the show that is now as traditional as mulled wine and mince pies! Holly’s hits, other contemporary classics and some Christmas crackers are all wrapped up in a fast, furious and funny feast of entertainment to make the perfect gift for all the family. “Buddy brilliant!” Graham Norton, BBC One £19 (includes £2 booking fee)


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Sat 10 Feb, 7.30pm

The Anvil


featuring Go West, Nik Kershaw and Cutting Crew The 80s are back as these three celebrated stars join forces for a truly incredible concert experience. Join Go West (We Close Our Eyes, Call Me, Goodbye Girl), Nik Kershaw (Wouldn’t It Be Good?, Won’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me, The Riddle) and Grammy nominated Cutting Crew ((I Just) Died In Your Arms). With millions of albums sales and a host of smash hits, this authentic 80s triple header is not to be missed. £36.50 (includes £2 booking fee)

Thu 22 Feb, 7.30pm

The Anvil


Moon River and Me

Direct from the USA comes the only official Andy Williams tribute starring Jimmy Osmond. This brand new show full of award-winning music, nostalgic footage and special memories includes the hits Music to Watch Girls By, Happy Heart, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, and, of course, the song that was to become Andy Williams’ theme tune, Moon River. Beginning his performing career at the tender age of three on Andy Williams’ television series, Jimmy marks 50 years in show business this year. The youngest member of the world famous Osmond family, he will be joined by The Moon River Band. A show with an Osmond would not be complete without some of the chart-topping hits that made Jimmy and his brothers famous. £32, £29.50; VIP tickets £77 (includes £2 booking fee)

Thu 1 Mar, 7.30pm

The Anvil


Muddle Class

He’s back! It’s been a busy few years for Jason Manford since his last smash-hit stand-up show, but this nationally acclaimed comedian hasn’t changed a bit. Muddle Class promises to feature a wealth of new material about Jason growing up ‘working class’ then finding, over the years, that part of him has become ‘middle class’ - causing much confusion! Delivered with Jason’s amiable charm and captivating wit, this is a show not to be missed. As seen on 8 Out of 10 Cats, Live at the Apollo, Have I Got News For You? and The Royal Variety Performance. £29.50 (includes £2 booking fee) Suitable for: ages 13 and over (contains some adult language and themes)



GENERAL INFORMATION The Anvil and The Haymarket foyers are open one hour before all performances. Bars at both The Anvil and The Haymarket are located in the stalls and circle foyers. The bars open pre-show and during the interval, serving a selection of beer, wine, spirits, soft drinks, hot beverages, confectionery and ice cream. For most performances interval drinks can be pre-ordered at the bar and may be taken into the auditorium in plastic glasses. To respect fellow audience members and performers, re-admission to the auditorium with drinks once the performance has started will not be permitted. We operate a Challenge 25 Policy in our venues.

After the auditorium doors have closed, latecomers may only be admitted at a suitable point in the performance, at the discretion of the Duty Manager. Anvil Arts reserves the right to refuse admission and request ticket holders to leave the building. Sound levels are monitored in accordance with the conditions of the licensing authority. Photography and recording of any kind, including the use of mobile phones, is strictly prohibited within the auditorium.

ACCESS FACILITIES Access List Anvil Arts operates a free Access List in order to improve our service to patrons with access needs. Registration forms are available from the box office or Wheelchair Users Both ticket sales counters have drop-down or lowered sections for wheelchair users. There are up to six wheelchair spaces available in The Anvil, and up to two in The Forge. The Haymarket has up to two wheelchair spaces at stalls level, and two at circle level, reached via a lift. We cannot sell wheelchair spaces or allow transfers out of wheelchairs into seats in the Circle at The Anvil. Hearing Enhancement The Anvil and The Haymarket are equipped with infra-red hearing enhancement systems for use with portable headsets and personal induction neck loops. Both are available at the Stewards’ point. Assistance dogs are welcome; please discuss availability of suitable seating areas at the time of booking. Parking Blue Badge parking is available in car parks within a short distance of both The Anvil and The Haymarket. Please visit for full details. Familiarisation Visits If you would like to look at the venues in advance, please call the box office to arrange. Visual Stories for The Anvil and The Haymarket can be found at to assist your visit.

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Please note: Not all seats may be available at all performances For detailed seating plans please go to Red: Stalls rows A to T Green: Circle rows A to N

Red: Stalls rows C to M Green: Stalls rows N to S

Blue: Side Circle rows CA to CD and DA to DD

Blue: Circle rows A to D, plus CC and DD

Red: rows A to G

Orange: Choir seats rows A to E

BOOKING DETAILS 01256 844244 Churchill Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 7QR Box office: situated at The Anvil and The Haymarket main entrances. The Anvil box office: open Mon – Sat from 10am (excluding Bank Holidays). Open one hour before Sunday performances. The Haymarket box office: open one hour before performances.

By phone: phone lines are open until 6pm Mon – Sat, later on performance evenings. Please note the lines are very busy at 10am. A queueing system is in operation. Reserved tickets: held for 3 days or until an hour before the performance, whichever is sooner. After this time, unpaid reservations will be released. Sold out performances: Please contact the box office to join the waiting list.

Booking Fee All ticket prices include a booking fee. The Anvil Trust is an independent educational charity. Without the booking fee, we would not be able to

offer the current level and variety of programme at The Anvil and The Haymarket, or our extensive work with schools and young people.

Group Booking For information on group booking rates and availability, please email or call the Group Booking Line on 01256 366935 (answer service when not staffed). You can pay by: Cards: Mastercard and Visa, Postal Orders and Anvil Arts Vouchers. We do not accept personal cheques. Please do not send cash through the post. Gift Vouchers. Anvil Arts gift vouchers can be used for tickets at any Anvil Arts venue, and are valid for twelve months. Available from the box office. Please note we do not accept Theatre Tokens. No refunds can be given. We offer ticket cancellation protection – please contact the box office for details, or visit

Exchange and resale of tickets Once tickets have been printed, they can be exchanged within the run of the same event for tickets of the same value at a cost of 50p per ticket. Lost tickets for reserved seats can be reprinted at a cost of 50p per ticket. We operate a re-sale facility on sold out perfomances (admin fee applies).

Paying less for your tickets Discounts are available for performances where stated. Only one discount can apply to any one ticket. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult ticket holder. Infants in arms: children under 2 years old when accompanied by an adult ticket holder require an infant in arms ticket, price £1 (available at selected performances only). You may be asked to provide proof of eligibility. Student tickets cannot be posted out. Please show your ID on collection.


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Conditions of sale It is the nature of live performance that start and running times may vary. Anvil Arts reserves the right to introduce discounts and special offers at any time, and these cannot be applied to tickets already purchased. Security checks including searches may be in operation without notice. For full terms and conditions of sale, contact the box office, or visit Please note: details in this brochure were correct at the time of going to press, but changes may be unavoidable. Not all seats may be available at all performances or when booking opens.

PICTURE CREDITS Pam Ayres | Trevor Leighton Jim Causley | David Angel Ed Gardner | Benjamin Ealovega The Gruffalo | © Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler 1999 – Macmillan Children’s Books Kirill Karabits | Sussie Ahlburg Lankum | Judith Burrows Robert Levin | Clive Barda Milton Jones | Steve Ullathorne Purple Rain | Jimi Love



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September Thu 21, 7.45pm Thu 21, 8pm Fri 22, 7.45pm Fri 22, 8pm Sat 23, 7.45pm Sat 23, 7pm Sun 24, 5pm Thu 28, 7.45pm Thu 28, 8pm Sat 16, 8pm Wed 27, 7.30pm Thu 28, 2pm & 7.30pm Fri 29, 7.30pm Sat 30, 2pm & 7.30pm

November (continued) The Big Chris Barber Band Jack Lukeman An Audience with Martin Kemp Maz O'Connor The Greatest Love of All: The Whitney Houston Show Exit 6 Film Festival An Evening with Pam Ayres Killer Queen Michael McDermott and Heather Horton Andy Parsons Body Double Body Double Body Double Body Double

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October Thu 5, 7.45pm Heather Small Thu 5, 8pm The Good Lovelies Fri 6, 7.45pm Signed, Sealed, Delivered Sat 7, 7.30pm Basingstoke Variety Show 2017 Thu 12, 7.45pm The Golden Dragon Fri 13, 7.45pm St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra Sat 14, 7.45pm The Illegal Eagles Sat 14, 8pm Tipitina Sun 15, 8pm The Musical Box – The Black Show Sun 15, 8.15pm Lankum Wed 18, 7.30pm The RAF in Concert Thu 19, 8pm Katherine Ryan Fri 20, 7.45pm Thriller Live Fri 20, 8pm Blair Dunlop Sat 21, 4pm & 8pm Thriller Live Sun 22, 3pm Ella Fitzgerald – A Centenary Celebration Tue 24, 8pm Live on Mars Wed 25, 7.30pm Jasper Carrott’s Stand Up & Rock Wed 25, 7.45pm Jim Causley Fri 27, 7.30pm Richard Thompson Sat 28, 7.45pm Midge Ure, The Christians and Altered Images Sat 28, 8pm Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges

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Thu 30, 7.45pm Thu 30, 8pm Wed 1, 7.30pm Thu 2, 7.30pm Mon 6, 7pm Tue 7, 7pm Wed 8, 7.30pm Thu 9, 2pm & 7.30pm Fri 10, 7.30pm Sat 11, 2pm & 7.30pm Wed 15, 7.30pm Thu 16, 7.30pm Fri 17, 7.30pm Sat 18, 2.30pm & 7.30pm Wed 22, 7.30pm Thu 23, 7.30pm Fri 24, 7.30pm Sat 25, 2.30pm & 7.30pm Wed 29, 7.30pm Thu 30, 2pm & 7.30pm

Dr Hook starring Dennis Locorriere Tom Russell Arelene! The Glitz. The Glamour. The Gossip. Tamed: with Professor Alice Roberts Shakespeare Schools Festival Shakespeare Schools Festival Waiting for Gateaux Waiting for Gateaux Waiting for Gateaux Waiting for Gateaux BATS: Footloose BATS: Footloose BATS: Footloose BATS: Footloose BATS: Footloose BATS: Footloose BATS: Footloose BATS: Footloose The Ghost’s Touch! The Ghost’s Touch!

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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Christmas with The Rat Pack Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band Roy Wood Rock ‘n’ Roll Band Peter Pan Peter Pan Peter Pan Peter Pan Peter Pan Peter Pan Peter Pan Peter Pan Peter Pan Peter Pan Peter Pan

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December Fri 1, 7.45pm Sat 2, 7.45pm Sun 3, 7.30pm Tue 5, 7.45pm Thu 14, 10.30am & 6pm Fri 15, 10.30am & 6pm Sat 16, 2pm & 6pm Sun 17, 2pm & 6pm Tue 19, 10.30am & 6pm Wed 20, 10.30am & 6pm Thu 21, 2pm & 6pm Fri 22, 2pm & 6pm Sat 23, 2pm & 6pm Sun 24, 11am & 3pm Tue 26, 3pm

Tue 3, 2pm & 7.30pm The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Fri 6, 7.30pm The Bootleg Shadows Sat 7, 8pm Paul Zerdin Sun 8, 2pm AnimAlphabet the Musical Fri 13, 1.30pm & 4.30pm The Gruffalo Sat 14, 10.30am & 1.30pm The Gruffalo Sun 15, 10.30am & 1.30pm The Gruffalo Wed 18, 7.30pm It Runs in the Family Thu 19, 2pm & 7.30pm It Runs in the Family Fri 20, 7.30pm It Runs in the Family Sat 21, 2pm & 7.30pm It Runs in the Family Sun 22, 7.30pm Only Fools and Boycie Wed 25, 2pm The Three Musketeers Thu 26, 7.30pm The Carpenters Story Fri 27, 8pm Austentatious Sat 28, 7.30pm Tubular Bells (Mike Oldfield) + Mary Casio: Journey To Cassiopeia (Hannah Peel)

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November Wed 1, 7.45pm Vampires Rock - Ghost Train Wed 1, 8pm Trio Dhoore Thu 2, 7.45pm Henning Wehn Fri 3, 7.45pm The Solid Gold Rock ‘n’ Roll Show Sat 4, 7.45pm Philharmonia Orchestra Tue 7, 8pm Jimmy Carr Thu 9, 7.30pm Ray Mears Sat 11, 7.45pm Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra Sat 11, 8pm Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman Sun 12, 8pm Purple Rain Wed 15, 8pm Soul II Soul Thu 16, 8pm Russell Brand Fri 17, 7.45pm John Mayall Sat 18, 7.45pm Basel Chamber Orchestra Sun 19, 7.45pm Joe Brown Thu 23, 7.30pm Milton Jones Fri 24, 7.30pm Lulu Sat 25, 7.30pm The Nutcracker Sat 26, 7pm Basingstoke Choral Society Tue 28, 8pm Jon Richardson Tue 28, 8.15pm The Way Down Wanderers


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Wed 27, 2pm & 6pm Thu 28, 2pm & 6pm Fri 29, 2pm & 6pm Sat 30, 2pm & 6pm Sun 31, 2pm Fri 1, 7.30pm Sat 2, 2pm & 7.30pm Fri 8, 10.30am & 1.30pm Sat 9, 11am, 2pm & 4pm Sun 10, 11am, 2pm & 4pm Tue 12, 7.30pm Wed 13, 1.30pm & 7.30pm Thu 14, 7.30pm Sat 16, 7.30pm Sun 17, 6pm Wed 20, 7.30pm Thu 21, 7.30pm Fri 22, 7.30pm

Peter Pan Peter Pan Peter Pan Peter Pan Peter Pan The Ghost’s Touch! The Ghost’s Touch! The Night Before Christmas The Night Before Christmas The Night Before Christmas A Christmas Carol A Christmas Carol Vakula and The Devil – A Ukrainian Christmas Eve Steeleye Span Basingstoke Tappers and Jazz Dance Co Cara Dillon Buddy Holly and The Cricketers Buddy Holly and The Cricketers

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Peter Pan Peter Pan Peter Pan Peter Pan Peter Pan Peter Pan

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January Tue 2, 2pm & 6pm Wed 3, 2pm & 6pm Thu 4, 2pm & 6pm Fri 5, 2pm & 6pm Sat 6, 2pm & 6pm Sun 7, 2pm


T Talk

H The Haymarket

F The Forge

RP Relaxed Performance

Signed Performance

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* The Forge is located within The Anvil. Roads shown in grey are pedestrianised


The Anvil | The Forge


Churchill Way, Basingstoke,


Hampshire RG21 7QR




By car: From the ring road or junction 6 of the M3, follow signs for Basingstoke town centre and then brown signs for The Anvil. These direct you to the car park next to the building. Coach drop off points are in Churchill Way. Park and ride: Park at the Leisure Park and ride to The Anvil on the shuttle bus – half price with a valid ticket to that day’s Anvil or Forge concert.


By train / bus: Basingstoke station is just a short walk away. Journey time for London Waterloo 45-60 mins; Southampton Central 30-35 mins. By bike: Cycle parking is available at the front of The Anvil, underneath the car park ramp to the right of the main doors.


The Haymarket Wote Street, Basingstoke Hampshire RG21 7NW By car: From the ring road or junction 6 of the M3, follow signs for Basingstoke town centre and then brown signs for The Haymarket. Parking is available in several surface car parks or in Festival Place shopping centre. Coach drop off point in Red Lion Lane. By Fabrizio / bus: Basingstoke station is 10 mins walk away, through Festival Place shopping centre. For more information visit

01256 844244 | Churchill Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 7QR The Anvil Trust is an independent educational charity

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Autumn 2017  

What's on at Anvil Arts autumn 2017

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What's on at Anvil Arts autumn 2017