Autumn 2024 e-Brochure

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“One of the most vital arts organisations in southern England” The Times

We are a charity

The Anvil Trust is the charity behind Anvil Arts, the largest performing arts organisation in Hampshire that operates three fantastic cultural venues.

We bring many big names to Basingstoke and attract 200,000 people into the town centre each year, who visit shops, bars, restaurants and hotels, as well as The Anvil , The Haymarket and The Forge.

Trust members are local people with specific skills to ensure we meet our charitable objectives. For further details, please contact the Chief Executive.

As an independent charity we can:

• Make sure that we present a variety of performances for a wide range of audiences, both popular and specialist

• Help Basingstoke gain a reputation as a town with a strong cultural offer, punching above its weight on the national stage

• Give opportunities to local children, schools and colleges, young musicians and performers

• Work to benefit people on the autistic spectrum and people with dementia, their carers and families, with specially designed projects

• Partner with other charities, both local and national, to make our resources go further

• Apply for investment from Arts Council England and other support organisations

• Make sure that any surplus is reinvested in our work to benefit people in Basingstoke and Hampshire, making the Borough a better place to live and work

Foyer opening hours and pre-show service

We will send you a text message 24–48 hours before the performance, with a link to your e-tickets and other information about your visit. There’s also a quick and easy way to pre-order your drinks. Foyers open from 6pm for evening performances.

Box Office 01256 844244

The Anvil: Thu 12 Sep / 8pm

Milton Jones


Selling Fast

This is not a musical. Milton Jones is tone deaf and has no sense of rhythm, but at least he doesn’t make a song and dance about it. He has more important things to discuss. Like giraffes... and there’s a bit about tomatoes.

£36.50 (includes £4 booking fee)

The Haymarket: Sat 14 Sep / 7.30pm

Kiri Pritchard-McLean


The Haymarket: Fri 13 Sep / 7.30pm

Toad on the Road

An Evening with Neighbours’ Star

Selling Fast

Ryan Moloney Reminisce alongside Neighbours’ Ryan Moloney (AKA Toadie Rebecchi) as he looks back across his storylines, reveals behind-the-scenes secrets not heard before, and takes your questions.

Joining the soap’s cast in 1995, Toadie has been at the heart of some of the Australian show’s biggest stories across the last 28 years.

This is a must-attend event for any Neighbours fan.

£34. VIP upgrade £65 (includes £4 booking fee)

Star of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Have I Got News for You, and QI , Kiri Pritchard-McLean has become a foster parent.

Come and join Kiri as she lifts the lid on social workers, first aid training, and what not to do when a vicar searches for you on YouTube.

£20. Over 65s, f/t students, under 16s, and NHS employees £18 (includes £4 booking fee)

Open Captions available: please call

September 2024
Suitable for: ages 15 and over (some strong language) 3
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The Haymarket: Sun 15 Sep / 2.30pm

The People’s Theatre Company presents There Was an Old Lady

Who Swallowed a Fly

The 50th Anniversary production written by Steven Lee

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. I don’t know why she swallowed a fly...

But The People’s Theatre Company do!

And now you can too, as they bring the world’s best-loved nursery rhyme to life just in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pam Adams ’ best-selling book!

With a captivating combination of live action, animation and puppetry, this magical re-telling is sure to surprise and delight children and nostalgic adults in equal measure.

£16.50 (includes £4 booking fee)

Suitable for: ages 3 and over

The Anvil: Tue 17 Sep / 7.30pm

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Mad, Bad, and Dangerous

Spend an evening in the company of Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE – “the world’s greatest living explorer” – as he shares stories from his most extraordinary feats of exploration.

Delivered in his own inimitable fashion and accompanied by stunning, never-before-seen images and home videos, this show guarantees to leave you entertained and inspired to seek out your own life adventures.

£38 (includes £4 booking fee)

Suitable for: ages 14 and over

September 2024 Box Office 01256 844244

The Haymarket: Wed 18 Sep / 7.30pm

Peter Cox

plus support

The Anvil: Wed 18 Sep / 7.30pm

Dawn French is a Huge Twat

Tickets for this event have sold out. Please email your name, address and contact number to to be added to the waiting list.

£49, £44 (includes £4 booking fee)

Suitable for: ages 14 and over

Singer, co-writer, and frontman of Go West, Peter Cox brings his fabulous band to The Haymarket for the first time.

He’s enjoyed a career spanning four decades and has been behind huge songs such as We Close Our Eyes, Call Me, Don’t Look Down, and Goodbye Girl . His eponymous solo debut in 1997 featured three UK Top 40 hits, and after several independent album releases, he is back with his new album, Seaglass , an unmistakable mix of Peter’s distinctive vocals and superb songwriting skills.

£35 (includes £4 booking fee)

The Anvil: Fri 20 Sep / 7.30pm

An Evening with Richard Carpenter

Richard Carpenter performs the hits of the Carpenters including Please Mr Postman, Close To You, and Rainy Days and Mondays along with stories about those songs, and how, with his sister Karen, they became one of the most successful duos of all time.

Don’t miss the chance to see him live in the UK for the first time in many years.

£69, £59 (includes £4 booking fee)

September 2024
Returns Only

The Haymarket: Sat 21 Sep / 7.30pm

Clare Teal Five

Expect exhilarating swing from award-winning jazz vocalist and long-time Radio 2 and Jazz FM broadcaster Clare Teal and her marvellous band, who return with a fabulous new show celebrating the Great American and British Songbooks.

Teal’s live shows are constantly evolving, always richly infused with jazz, and interspersed with Clare’s warm and witty storytelling.

£29 (includes £4 booking fee)

The Anvil: Sat 21 Sep / 7.30pm

A Country Night in Nashville

Come on a journey through the history of country music, recreating the energy and atmosphere of a buzzing Honky Tonk in downtown Nashville.

This show features songs from its biggest stars both past and present. Hits from Johnny Cash to Alan Jackson, Dolly to The Chicks, and Willie Nelson to Shania Twain, are showcased by the fabulous vocals and musicianship of Dominic Halpin & The Hurricanes

£30 (includes £4 booking fee)

The Anvil: Sun 22 Sep / 7.30pm

Ben Elton



Following the huge success of Ben Elton ’s sold-out UK tour in 2019, which marked his return to live comedy after a fifteen-year hiatus, the undisputed godfather of modern stand-up is going back on the road with his new show, Authentic Stupidity

£36.50 (includes £4 booking fee)

Suitable for: ages 16 and over

September 2024 Box Office 01256 844244
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The Anvil: Sat 28 Sep / 7.30pm

Leo Sayer

Still Feel Like Dancing?

The Anvil: Thu 26 Sep / 7.30pm

Sandi Toksvig Friends of Dorothy

Following her previous sell-out tours, the comedian, broadcaster, writer, and campaigner returns with an evening to celebrate the publication of her brand-new novel, Friends of Dorothy .

The show will be packed with silly stories, profound truths, fascinating facts, readings from the book, and a quick-fire Q&A. Life-affirming, wise, and funny, Sandi investigates what it really means to be a ‘Friend of Dorothy ’.

£40 (includes £4 booking fee). Includes a hardback copy of Sandi’s novel Suitable for: ages 14 and over

British music star Leo Sayer still feels like dancing!

Leo has spent over five decades as a brilliant singer and songwriter. With this performance, Leo and his band bring boundless energy and exuberance.

Known the world over for his army of hits, which include Thunder In My Heart, More Than I Can Say, and the transatlantic number ones, When I Need You , and of course, You Make Me Feel Like Dancing .

£44, £39 (includes £4 booking fee)

The Anvil: Sun 29 Sep / 3pm

Grimethorpe Colliery Band

Stars of the hit movie Brassed Off , Grimethorpe Colliery Band is a British institution.

National and British Open Champions on numerous occasions, the band’s stunning live concerts show just why they continue to be so successful.

£28. Under 25s £15 (includes £4 booking fee)

September 2024

The Haymarket: Sun 29 Sep / 7.30pm

Dr Louise Newson

Hormones and Menopause – The Great Debate

Dr Louise Newson , leading medical expert on menopause and hormones, is embarking on her inaugural UK tour accompanied by Dublin-based comedian Anne Gildea

Hormones and Menopause – The Great Debate aims to educate, challenge misconceptions, and advocate better healthcare for women.

£29.50. VIP upgrade £54 (includes £4 booking fee)

The Haymarket: Thu 3 Oct / 7.30pm

Catrin Finch & Aoife Ní Bhriain

The Anvil: Thu 3 Oct / 7.30pm

The Illegal Eagles

Celebrating over 50 years since the formation of the West Coast country rock band, The Illegal Eagles make a welcome return to Basingstoke with a brandnew production, promising more of their trademark musical prowess, acute attention to detail, and incredible showmanship.

Featuring the very best from the Eagles’ catalogue of hits, including Hotel California, Desperado, Take It Easy, Life in the Fast Lane , and many more!

£38.50 (includes £4 booking fee)

Aoife Ní Bhriain is a dazzling musician with roots in both classical and Irish traditional music. Harpist Catrin Finch regularly ventures into uncharted musical territory, most notably through her award-winning collaborations with Seckou Keita and Cimarrón.

Together, Aoife and Catrin form a formidable virtuoso duo inspired by a multitude of influences and linked by the cultures of their home countries.

September – October 2024 Box Office 01256 844244
Selling Fast
£24 (includes £4 booking fee) 8

The Anvil: Fri 4 Oct / 7.30pm

The UB40 Years

The world’s premier show in celebration of ‘The Kings of Reggae’. Experience all the hits from The UB40 Years , culminating in over 100 million record sales.

In this reggae pop extravagance, expect to hear songs such as Homely Girl, Red Red Wine, One In Ten, Kingston Town, and I Got You Babe.

£30.50 (includes £4 booking fee)

The Haymarket: Sun 6 Oct / 8pm

The Tiger Lillies

Come On Down (The Nihilism Tour)

The Haymarket: Fri 4 Oct / 7.30pm

Mark Watson: Search

The Taskmaster star and multiple-award winner – now also famous as one-third of YouTube cult sensation No More Jockeys – returns.

He’ll consider the search for meaning that we’re all on, with or without Google. There’ll be a lot of jokes, and a show that’s different every night.

£24 (includes £4 booking fee)

Suitable for: ages 14 and over

Grammy-nominated, post-punk pioneers The Tiger Lillies present a new show on the theme of the meaninglessness and absurdity of existence.

The Tiger Lillies are one of the foremost avantgarde bands in the world. Olivier Award-winners, their shows are dark, peculiar, and varied, with moments of black humour and immense beauty.

£29 (includes £4 booking fee)

Suitable for: ages 16 and over

October 2024

The Anvil: Wed 9 Oct / 7.30pm

Will Gregory’s Moog Ensemble with Britten Sinfonia

Bach / Carlos Prelude & Fugue in C minor Purcell / Carlos Funeral Music for Queen Mary (A Clockwork Orange) Herrmann Fahrenheit 451 suite

Ives The Unanswered Question

John Carpenter Escape from New York Vangelis Chariots of Fire theme

Grainer / Derbyshire Doctor Who theme

Will Gregory Archimedes suite

Experience a special concert that brings together maths and music, synths and soundtracks, with composer and keyboardist Will Gregory – one half of electropop duo Goldfrapp.

Will Gregory ’s 10-piece Moog Ensemble features illustrious names from the world of pop and classical music, including Adrian Utley of Portishead, Florence and the Machine’s Hazel Mills , and composer Graham Fitkin – each bringing their distinctive musicianship to the retro-futurist world of fizzing, funky synths.

And Will Gregory celebrates the genius of Archimedes with stand-up mathematician and YouTube sensation

Matt Parker

Like nothing else you will see this year – don’t miss it!

£42, £35, £28. Under 25s and f/t students £12 (includes £4 booking fee)

The Anvil: Thu 10 Oct / 7.30pm

– Drag Me to the Disco!

Join Queenz for an electrifying, live vocal, dragstravaganza, where dancing queenz and disco dreams collide for the party of a lifetime.

Featuring more sequins and surprises than ever before, the gals are ready to drag you to the dancefloor and serve up the ultimate celebration of powerhouse popstars and dazzling divas.

£29.50 (includes £4 booking fee)

Suitable for: ages 14 and over (contains some adult humour, mild language, and explores themes such as gender identity)

October 2024 Box Office 01256 844244

The Haymarket: 10 – 12 Oct / 7.30pm / Sat 2pm

Rumpus Theatre Company in association with The Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs presents Arms and the Man (or The Chocolate Cream Soldier) by George

Beautiful young Bulgarian Raina has heroic ideals, betrothed as she is to Major Sergius Saranoff. Her fiancé is away, fighting alongside her father, Major Petkoff, in the war against Serbia, but when escaping Serbian Captain Bluntschli climbs into her bedroom through the balcony window, she finds herself hiding him behind the curtains in spite of herself.

Does he have ammunition in his pockets? No, he has chocolate creams, like any other jobbing soldier.

A real audience-pleaser, Arms and the Man is a sparkling comedy that has more than a little to say about the state of the world today.

£26, 2pm £24. Under 25s and f/t students £15.50 (includes £4 booking fee)

Sat 12 Oct / 2pm

October 2024
This production is dedicated to the memory of Michael Friend,  leading Bernard Shaw producer and enthusiast.

The Anvil: Fri 11 Oct / 7.30pm

Al Murray

Guv Island

Returns Only

Tickets for this event have sold out. Please email your name, address and contact number to to be added to the waiting list.

£34 (includes £4 booking fee)

Suitable for: ages 16 and over

The Anvil: Sat 12 Oct / 7.30pm

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Beethoven Symphony no. 6 (Pastoral )

Shostakovich Concerto for piano and trumpet Stravinsky The Firebird (1919)

Martin James Bartlett piano

Paul Bosworth trumpet

Elena Schwarz

The impulse behind the Pastoral symphony was Beethoven ’s own love of the Austrian countryside. The five movements include a solitary walk by a brook, a peasants’ dance, a spectacular summer thunderstorm, and a final, tranquil hymn of thanksgiving.

Shostakovich ’s early concerto is an exuberant and high-spirited piece which combines both instruments in ingenious and witty dialogue with the orchestra and each other.

The Firebird was Stravinsky ’s first big success, a richly coloured ballet score based on a Russian folk tale in which the young prince overcomes a demon with the protection of a feather from the fabled firebird. It is glittering, imaginatively orchestrated music, with a rhythmic impetus all Stravinsky’s own.

£45, £40, £34, £25, £17.

Under 25s and f/t students £12

(includes £4 booking fee)

6.30pm / The Forge

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The Anvil: Sun 13 Oct / 2.30pm & 6.30pm

Cirque – The Greatest Show

Where Musical Theatre Meets Circus

Welcome to a world where the very best of musical theatre meets jaw-dropping circus, as everyone’s favourite West End songs combine with breath-taking aerialists, incredible contortionists, and thrilling feats of agility and flair.

Let the music lift you on a truly wondrous journey, bursting with kaleidoscopic colour in this smash-hit variety performance that’s fun for all the family.

£36 (includes £4 booking fee)

Show content varies depending upon venue facilities and regulations.

Promoter reserves the right to alter the programme

The Anvil: Tue 15 Oct / 8pm

Clash of the Titans

The Haymarket: Sun 13 Oct / 7.30pm

An Evening with Jimmy Tarbuck

After more than 60 years at the top of his profession, Jimmy Tarbuck OBE relives many prominent moments from a life on stage and screen.

Featuring a huge collection of anecdotes and video clips highlighting a fabulously glittering career, from going to school with John Lennon to playing golf with Bing Crosby, and of course, his rise to fame hosting Sunday Night at the London Palladium. Includes an audience Q&A.

£33.50 (includes £4 booking fee)

An Evening with Snooker Greats

Stephen Hendry vs Mark Williams, hosted by Dennis Taylor

Join the UK’s favourite snooker stars as they recreate the matches that saw them rise to the top of their profession. Seven-times World Snooker Champion Stephen Hendry takes on the Welsh potting machine Mark Williams

Ex-world champion and now BBC commentator, Dennis Taylor is your host and referee for the evening, and opens the show with his trick shot section. There will also be a Q&A.

£41.50. VIP upgrade £79 (includes £4 booking fee)

October 2024

The Anvil: Thu 17 Oct / 7.30pm

Ed Gamble

Hot Diggity Dog

The Anvil: Wed 16 Oct / 8pm

Lucy Beaumont

The Trouble & Strife

BAFTA nominee and star of Taskmaster, Lucy Beaumont is going to let loose and let slip on her roller coaster world. With off-beat stories, unusual anecdotes, and bizarre journeys through modern day womanhood, life through the Beaumont lens is more surreal than you could ever imagine.

£29 (includes £4 booking fee)

Suitable for: ages 16 and over

Ed Gamble has minced a load of meat (thoughts), piped it into a casing (show), and it’s coming to a bun (venue) near you, as he returns with his new show, Hot Diggity Dog

Ed is co-host of the award-winning mega-hit podcast Off Menu with James Acaster, judge on Great British Menu , Taskmaster champion, and seen and heard on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, and Radio X.

£29 (includes £4 booking fee)

Suitable for: ages 14 and over

The Haymarket: Thu 17 Oct / 7.30pm

Steeleye Span

The 55th Anniversary – The Green Man Tour

The band who changed the face of folk music over their fifty five years together, Steeleye Span ’s new album, The Green Man Collection brings together tracks from recent releases with new versions of three hits, including a reworking of Hard Times .

As ever, performing a selection of songs from across the years, and firm favourites.

£29.50 (include £4 booking fee)

October 2024 Box Office 01256 844244

The Anvil: Fri 18 Oct / 7.30pm

Dick and Angel: Forever Home

(Avec Le Nitty Gritty)

Spend an entertaining evening with the stars of Channel 4 hit Escape to the Chateau , Dick and Angel Strawbridge

The pair are heading on the road, sharing the adventures, challenges, and successes of building and living their Chateau dream. From the beginning of their journey to the present day, they will revisit some of their best moments and tell never-before-heard tales.

A highly interactive show, with hilarious games and the chance to pose your own questions, you don’t want to miss it.

£46, £41, £36 (includes £4 booking fee)

The Haymarket: Fri 18 Oct / 7.30pm

Nick Heyward

Following a huge 2023 with Haircut 100 playing the BBC Radio 2 Piano Room, a sell-out London reunion show at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, and a joyous tour of the UK and Ireland, Nick Heyward sets off on his first solo tour since 2018.

Join Nick and his four-piece band for songs from across his entire 40 plus year career, with a preview of new material.

Support from Isabella Coulstock

£34 (includes £4 booking fee)

The Anvil: Sat 19 Oct / 7.30pm

The Story of Guitar Heroes

The Story of Guitar Heroes pays homage to some of the most influential guitarists from the past 50 years of popular music.

Featuring talented world-class musicians and state-ofthe-art video projection, the show recreates the sound with incredible accuracy, using no less than 30 different authentic guitars.

Expect hits made famous by Hank Marvin, Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Brian May, Jimmy Page, Van Halen, Slash, and many more!

£31 (includes £4 booking fee)

October 2024

The Anvil: Sun 20 Oct / 7.30pm

Dancing in The Streets

The Haymarket: Sat 19 Oct / 7pm

The Oceanaires Big Band

from the Bands of HM Royal Marines

The Oceanaires Big Band from the Bands of HM Royal Marines bring a new and refreshing programme to The Haymarket. With works from Beethoven to Alford, as well as all-time big band highlight, In The Mood , this concert promises to showcase stunning soloists with virtuosic vocalists with the support of one of the world’s foremost military musical services.

£26 (includes £4 booking fee)

A spectacular celebration of Motown music. Join incredible vocalists and a live band as they recreate hits including I Heard It Through the Grapevine, Baby Love, My Girl, You Can’t Hurry Love, What’s Going On, and many, many more.

£35, £32.50, £28 (includes £4 booking fee)

The Haymarket: Sun 20 Oct / 7.30pm

Aled Jones

Full Circle

Prepare to hear Aled Jones as you’ve never heard him before.

After 40 years in the business, he’s looking back on a remarkable career with a one-man show that will feature never-before-heard music, tales from the decades, and for the first time, his story told in his own words.

£34. Meet & Greet upgrade £74, VIP upgrade £54 (includes £4 booking fee)

October 2024 Box Office 01256 844244

The Anvil: Tue 22 Oct / 7.30pm

Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra of Tokyo

Akira Ifukube Dance of the Seven Veils from Salome

Beethoven Violin Concerto Tchaikovsky Symphony no. 4

Christian Tetzlaff violin

Sebastian Weigle

We’re delighted to welcome this distinguished orchestra to The Anvil for the first time, with one of the world’s great violinists. They begin with an enticing rarity from one of Japan’s most popular composers of the last century, who was as much at home in the film studio as the concert hall.

Beethoven ’s Violin Concerto begins with five strokes of the timpani and unfolds from this simple beginning into the most noble and lyrical of all concertos for the instrument.

Tchaikovsky ’s powerful Fourth Symphony begins with an arresting fanfare, said to represent the power of fate. A lyrical slow movement and pizzicato scherzo follow. In the finale, the fanfare returns to striking effect as the work drives to its headlong conclusion.

£45, £40, £34, £25, £17.

Under 25s and f/t students £12 (includes £4 booking fee)

6.30pm / The Forge

“A magnificent ensemble… brimming with finesse, exquisite phrasing, clarity and blazing brilliance”

Classical Voice North America

The Anvil: 23 – 24 Oct / 8pm



Back At It

Tickets for this event have sold out. Please email your name, address and contact number to to be added to the waiting list.

£46.50, £36.50, £29 (includes £4 booking fee)

Suitable for: ages 14 and over

October 2024
Returns Only

The Haymarket: 24 – 26 Oct / 7.30pm / Sat 2.30pm

Blackeyed Theatre in association with Harrogate Theatre and South Hill Park Arts Centre presents Dracula

The year is 1897. Mankind is on the cusp of vast technological change, scientific mastery and media innovation. But poised between traditional beliefs, the threat of the unknown and the shock of the new world, an altogether darker fear is emerging. As a new shadow looms large over England, a small group of young men and women, led by Professor Van Helsing, are plunged into an epic struggle for survival.

Stretching from London, through provincial England, to the mountainous wastes of Transylvania, Bram Stoker ’s gothic thriller embodies the struggle to break taboos, resist temptation, and stop the unknown outside becoming the enemy within.

Adapted by Nick Lane , this brilliant, theatrical treatment of Dracula blends Victorian gothic with the contemporary, showcasing Blackeyed Theatre ’s trademark style, and featuring a haunting soundscape, powerful performances and innovative design for an exhilarating theatrical experience.

£26, 2.30pm £25. Under 25s and f/t students £16.50 (includes £4 booking fee)

October 2024 Box Office 01256 844244

The Anvil: Sun 27 Oct / 7.30pm

A Night at the Movies


Soundtrack of Your Life

A spectacular live concert featuring all the greatest hits from your favourite films, including Back to The Future, Top Gun, The Greatest Showman, Dirty Dancing, and many, many more.

The amazing musicians and incredible vocalists will take you on a trip down memory lane as they bring to life the music that has made you laugh, cry, and cheer across generations.

£33, £30.50 (includes £4 booking fee)

The Anvil: Wed 30 Oct / 7.30pm


The Ultimate Ultimate Greatest Hits Tour

10cc are returning to The Anvil with The Ultimate Ultimate Greatest Hits Tour

The Haymarket: Sun 27 Oct / 12pm & 3.30pm

Milkshake! Live on Holiday

Milkshake! Live is back with a brand-new show

Join your favourite Milkshake! friends on holiday with Chase and Marshall from Paw Patro l, Dora, Pip and Posey, Blue from Blues Clues and You!, Milo, Milkshake! Monkey, plus two of your Milkshake! presenters for an all-new adventure.

It’s a family show not to be missed!

£21.50. Under 16s £20.50 (includes £4 booking fee) Suitable for: all the family!

Known for their impeccable live performances, their catalogue of hits sees the band seamlessly transition from art-pop to mock-reggae and impressively harmonised ballads, to prog rock epics Somewhere in Hollywood and Feel the Benefit .

£46.50, £42.50 (includes £4 booking fee)

October 2024

The Haymarket: 28 – 29 Oct / 1.30pm / Tue 10.30am

Dear Zoo Live!

based on the book by Rod Campbell

Dear Zoo , the popular children’s book returns to the stage!

See our characters write to the Zoo. Who will be delivered? A cheeky monkey, a jumpy frog, and of course, a perfect puppy.

Help your children learn as the book leaps onto the stage, and share a magical experience as the story unfolds with child-engaging puppets, music, and lots of audience interaction.

Rod Campbell is the master of interactive storytelling, and an expert in early learning for pre-schoolers. As a trusted household name, his books have stood the test of time and his ability to be both fun and reassuring encourages children to discover and delight in the world around them.

Join us to see what the zoo has sent.

£19. Under 16s £17 (includes £4 booking fee)

Suitable for: ages 2 and over

October 2024 Box Office 01256 844244

The Anvil: 1 – 2 Nov / 8pm

Sarah Millican: Late Bloomer

The Haymarket: Thu 31 Oct / 7.30pm

Sh!t-faced Shakespeare

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Sh!t-faced Shakespeare are pouring their cock-eyed chaos into the Bard-shaped vessel that is A Midsummer Night’s Dream . Think drunken donkeys, fandangled fairies, and mullered mechanicals... it’s hard to imagine anything more magical, right?

A cast member will get genuinely spiffingly splifficated and attempt to perform a version of Shakespeare as you have never seen before.

£28 (includes £4 booking fee)

Suitable for: ages 16 and over

Returns Only

Tickets for this event have sold out. Please email your name, address and contact number to to be added to the waiting list.

£36.50 (includes £4 booking fee)

Suitable for: ages 16 and over

The Haymarket: Sun 3 Nov / 7.30pm

Shaparak Khorsandi


Having reassessed her life through the prism of an ADHD diagnosis, one of Britain’s most beloved and most scatterbrained stand-ups lets you back into her mind (warning: it’s cluttered in there).

£21 (includes £4 booking fee)

Suitable for: ages 14 and over

October – November 2024

The Anvil: Tue 5 Nov / 7.30pm

John Barrowman

Laid Bare

An uncensored show about John Barrowman ’s passion for life, and his profound love of song and story.

Every song showcases John’s inimitable style and his dazzling voice. His stories and personal anecdotes burst with his keen wit, Scottish charm, and infectious energy.

Most recognisable for his roles in Doctor Who and Torchwood, and vast musical credits, including leading roles in Anything Goes, Sunset Boulevard, and more.

£42, £37, £30, VIP upgrade £50, £40 (includes £4 booking fee)

Suitable for: ages 16 and over

The Anvil: Thu 7 Nov / 7.30pm

A Symphonic Tribute to Enya

presented by The Fulltone Orchestra

The Anvil: Wed 6 Nov / 7.30pm

Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells Live in Concert

Extended 50th Anniversary Celebrations

The show will feature an expansive live group, conducted and arranged by Mike Oldfield’s longterm collaborator Robin Smith , which will see Tubular Bells performed in full, as well as other works including Moonlight Shadow, Summit Day, Family Man, and Ommadawn

£59.50, £46.50, £36.50, £29.50 (includes £4 booking fee)

Embark on a magical night with the music of Enya alongside The Fulltone Orchestra and sixteen voices.

Immerse yourself in the melodies and harmonies of Enya’s Watermark album, including the smash hit Orinoco Flow

£49, £39, £24. Under 16s £2 off (includes £4 booking fee)

November 2024 Box Office 01256 844244

The Haymarket: 7 – 9 Nov / 7.30pm / Sat 2pm

Rumpus Theatre Company presents

Comedy of Terrors

When Jo Smith arrives for an audition with director Vyvian Jones, it turns out she’s actually been invited to the theatre by Vyvian’s twin brother Beverley, who wants her to impersonate her own twin sister Fiona, to persuade Vyvian that Beverley hasn’t had a fling with Fiona... he has but doesn’t want Vyvian to tell his fiancée Cheryl! And when the real Fiona turns up, not to mention Vyvian (a member of the local Sons of Satan Association, who wants to use Jo for his first human sacrifice) and Beverley and Vyvian’s identical triplet policeman brother, the stage is well and truly set for a fast-moving madcap comedy of multiple mistaken identity.

£26, 2pm £24. Under 25s and f/t students £15.50 (includes £4 booking fee)

Sat 9 Nov / 2pm

“A farcical and hilarious couple of hours... fabulous!” Bracknell News

“If you haven’t seen it, do. If you have, see it again; it’s just as funny and ingenious second time around. I was worn out with laughing by the end...”

Derbyshire Times

November 2024

The Anvil: Sun 10 Nov / 5pm

Showman – An Evening with Anton Du Beke

Strictly Come Dancing superstar and judge, Anton Du Beke , returns with a brand-new show.

With his live band, special guest Lance Ellington , and his dancers, expect a fab-u-lous evening of song, dance, and laughter.

Don’t miss this special opportunity to get up close to the King of the Ballroom.

£58, £51, £48 (includes £4 booking fee)

The Anvil: Fri 8 Nov / 7.30pm

The Rat Pack

A Swingin’ Christmas at The Sands

The stars of The Rat Pack – Swingin’ at the Sands bring the ultimate Christmas party this festive season. Expect all the usual most-loved Rat Pack staples, including New York, New York, That’s Life, and My Way, as well as a range of seasonal favourites such as Winter Wonderland and White Christmas.

£39, £36.50, £33.50, £29 (includes £4 booking fee)

The Forge: Tue 12 Nov / 11am, 1pm & 2.15pm


You are the Sun is a love song to nature for babies and grownups.

Combining the joy of gentle classical singing and sensory play, it is an invitation to see beauty in the smallest things and to let plants be our guides.

Help us celebrate the gift of nature as we conjure a world out of breath, water, sunlight and soil in this magical musical adventure for 0–2s.

£14 (1 adult & 1 child) (includes £4 booking fee)

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The Anvil: Tue 12 Nov / 7.30pm

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Bach Brandenburg Concertos 1 – 6

The most tuneful job application in history, Bach ’s Brandenburg Concertos are a tirelessly inventive showcase of his skill in writing for orchestra. Brilliantly varied instrumental combinations and a never-ending stream of memorable melodies have deservedly made these six exuberant pieces among the most popular and well-known of all.

£45, £40, £34, £25, £17. Under 25s and f/t students £12 (includes £4 booking fee)

6.30pm / The Forge

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is Anvil Arts’ Orchestra in Association

“Simply breathtaking… the playing [was] thrilling in its precision and élan”

The Guardian

The Haymarket: Fri 15 Nov / 7.30pm

Le Vent du Nord

The award-winning Le Vent du Nord is a leading force in Quebec’s progressive francophone folk movement. The group’s vast repertoire draws from both traditional sources and original compositions, while enhancing its hard-driving soulful music (rooted in the Celtic diaspora) with a broad range of global influences. Featuring button accordion, guitar, and fiddle, their sound is defined by the hurdy-gurdy, which adds an earthy, rough-hewn flavour to even the most buoyant dance tunes.

£24 (includes £4 booking fee)

“The hottest ticket in town”

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The Anvil: Sat 16 Nov / 7.30pm

Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra

Beethoven Overture: Egmont

Grieg Piano Concerto Brahms Symphony no. 4

Federico Colli piano

Jonathan Darlington

Beethoven ’s stirring and dynamic overture brilliantly sets the scene for Goethe’s play about a noble opponent of tyranny in the sixteenth century.

Grieg ’s piano concerto is the perfect balance of drama and lyricism, from its famous opening flourish to the vigorous ‘peasant dance’ finale.

Brahms ’ fourth was his final symphony, and its four movements balance the dramatic and thoughtful sides of the composer’s character. The finale is a masterly set of variations on a theme by Bach.

£45, £40, £34, £25, £17. Under 25s and f/t students £12 (includes £4 booking fee)

6.30pm / The Forge

The Anvil: Tue 19 Nov / 7.30pm

An Audience with Monty Don

Tickets for this event have sold out. Please email your name, address and contact number to to be added to the waiting list.

£49, £39, £34, £29 (includes £4 booking fee)

“Everything this pianist performs compels attention” The Times
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The Haymarket: 20 – 21 Nov / Wed 1.30pm / Thu 10.30am, 1pm & 4.30pm

The Gruffalo

based on the much-loved picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood...

Join Mouse on a daring adventure in Tall Stories ’ magical, musical adaptation of the definitive picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler , celebrating 25 years this year.

Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl, and the high-spirited 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?

Songs, laughs, and monstrous fun for children (and their grown-ups), in the show that’s toured Britain and the world!

£19.50. Under 16s £17.50 (includes £4 booking fee)

Suitable for: ages 3 and over

“Irresistibly charming” Sunday Times
November 2024

The Anvil: Thu 21 Nov / 7.30pm

Adam Kay


The Anvil: Wed 20 Nov / 8pm

Brit Floyd

P.U.L.S.E: Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Division Bell

Tickets for this event have sold out. Please email your name, address and contact number to to be added to the waiting list.

£43.50, £38.50, £33.50. VIP upgrade £118.50 (includes £4 booking fee)

The nation’s twelfth-favourite doctor brings his brandnew show to Basingstoke.

This is Going to Hurt was a literary sensation, selling three million copies and becoming a multi-BAFTA winning BBC series. Undoctored follows on from this, leaving audiences laughing and crying with Adam’s distinctive tales of life on and off the wards.

£31.50, £30 (includes £4 booking fee)

Suitable for: ages 16 and over (contains medical themes and stories that some may find distressing)

The Anvil: Fri 22 Nov / 7.30pm

Swan Lake

The compelling tale of a tragic romance in which a princess, Odette, is turned into a swan by an evil curse.

From the opulent splendour of the palace ballroom to the moonlit lake where majestic swans glide in perfect formation, this compelling tale of tragic romance has it all.

Swan Lake captures, like no other ballet, the full range of human emotions – from hope to despair, from terror to tenderness, from melancholy to ecstasy.

£43, £38. Under 25s and f/t students £2 off (includes £4 booking fee)

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The Haymarket: Sat 23 Nov / 7.30pm

Turin Brakes Acoustic

Turin Brakes strips back to basics for this intimate acoustic performance.

The Haymarket: Fri 22 Nov / 8pm

Lucy Porter No Regrets!

The irrepressible Lucy Porter bounces back into action with a show all about regrets. Frank Sinatra had too few to mention, but Lucy’s got hundreds, and she’s prepared to go into graphic detail about all of them. Disastrous dates, professional calamities, ruined friendships, and parenting fails. Lucy describes all the mistakes she’s made, works out why they happened, and ponders how her life would have turned out if she’d acted differently.

£24 (includes £4 booking fee)

Suitable for: ages 16 and over

Known for their album Ether Song , featuring hit single Pain Killer (Summer Rain) , the band have racked up seven Top 40 singles, six Top 40 albums, and over a million record sales worldwide.

With support from Tom Speight

£31.50 (includes £4 booking fee)

The Anvil: Sun 24 Nov / 7.30pm

Nish Kumar: Don’t Kill My Vibe

Nish Kumar , one of The Guardian and The Telegraph’s 50 Best Comedians of the 21st Century, is back with his brand-new, politically charged stand-up show. Expect jokes about climate collapse, income inequality, and the emotional sensation of being a British Indian man who isn’t going to vote for a British Indian Prime Minister. It’s 80 minutes of sweet, sweet vibe killing.

£26.50. Under 25s and f/t students £24

(includes £4 booking fee)

Suitable for: ages 14 and over (includes strong language)

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The Anvil: Wed 27 Nov / 8pm

Russell Kane


The Anvil: Tue 26 Nov / 7.30pm

Fairytale of New York

After three sell-out tours, the ultimate Irish-inspired Christmas concert is back with an even bigger production! Featuring all the festive favourites including Driving Home for Christmas, Step Into Christmas, Oh Holy Night and, of course, The Fairytale of New York.

Just when you think the party couldn’t get any better, this spectacular show performs the greatest Irish sing-a-long songs of all time, including The Galway Girl, The Irish Rover, Dirty Old Town, and The Black Velvet Band.

£31.50 (includes £4 booking fee)

Returns Only

Tickets for this event have sold out. Please email your name, address and contact number to to be added to the waiting list.

£34 (includes £4 booking fee)

Suitable for: strictly ages 14 and over (likely to be swearing and adult content). Children younger than this will not be admitted, even if accompanied by an adult

The Anvil: Fri 29 Nov / 7.30pm

The 80s Show

From the infectious pop melodies of Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, and Wham!, to the rock anthems of Bon Jovi and Tears for Fears, this show will have you singing along to your favourite 80s tunes.

Alongside big screen footage and a dazzling light and laser show, this will truly be a memorable and immersive spectacle.

Frankie says “Don’t miss it!”

£32 (includes £4 booking fee)

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The Anvil: Thu 28 Nov / 7.30pm

The Sixteen A Mother’s Love

Harry Christophers

Christmas is a time for families and old friends – for well-loved tunes and good cheer. But it’s also a time of mystery and wonder: of silent nights and sounds that echo across centuries.

From medieval carols to visionary modern masterpieces, The Sixteen’s 2024 festive programme takes its inspiration from the story at the heart of the season: a baby in a stable, surrounded by simply heavenly singing.

£38, £29. Under 25s and f/t students £12 (includes £4 booking fee)

“This is something really special… The Sixteen elevate everything they perform” Gramophone

The Anvil: Sun 1 Dec / 7.30pm

The Rick Wakeman Yuletide Christmas Show

with special guests Adam Wakeman & Mollie Marriott

Rick Wakeman’s traditional Christmas tour returns with an all-new show. Joined by two very special guests: his son and fellow keyboard player Adam Wakeman, and Mollie Marriott, daughter of the late Steve Marriott.

Expect hilarious banter, a mixture of old and new songs, some traditional festive songs, and an unexpected piece of audience participation!

£43.50, £38.50 (includes £4 booking fee)

November – December 2024

The Haymarket: 3 – 8 Dec / 1.30pm / Wed – Sun 10.30am

The Owl Who Came For Christmas

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Join Rosie the Owl on her enchanting adventures, as she finds herself nestled amidst the branches of a family’s new Christmas tree. Witness the joy and wonder as the family discovers their unexpected visitor and endeavours to help her back home to the forest.

Inspired by a true story, this charming tale celebrates the power of love, kindness, and the magic of Christmas. With toe-tapping songs, captivating puppetry, and plenty of opportunities for audience participation, this show promises to delight audiences of all ages.

£19. Under 16s £17. Relaxed performance £10 (includes £4 booking fee)

Wed 4 / 1.30pm

Suitable for: ages 1 and over

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The Haymarket: Thu 12 Dec / 7.30pm

The Haymarket: Tue 10 Dec / 7.30pm

Ballet Theatre UK presents The Nutcracker

a lavish ballet for the festive season

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a dazzling production of The Nutcracker

Snow flurries, sweets, princes, magic, and love are just some of the elements that will be brought together. A highly accessible ballet, full of familiar music such as the Waltz of the Flowers and the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

It continues to capture the hearts and imaginations of all generations across the world.

£24. Under 25s and f/t students £22 (includes £4 booking fee)

The Albion Christmas Band

25th Anniversary Tour

Join The Albion Christmas Band for an evening of traditional English festive music, song, and celebratory readings.

Featuring the combined talents of Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention), Simon Care (Edward II), Kellie While , and Ashley Hutchings MBE (Steeleye Span, Fairport Convention).

£27 ( includes £4 booking fee)

The Haymarket: Fri 13 Dec / 7.30pm

The Chicago Blues Brothers Respect

As seen in London’s West End, The Chicago Blues Brothers bring you their Respect greatest hits tour.

This multi-award winning production is backed by one of the hottest live bands in the business, the beautiful, sweet soul sisters, and of course, the incomparable Jake and Elwood, in this all-singing, all-dancing, high-octane musical mash-up with all the biggest Blues Brothers songs.

£31 (includes £4 booking fee)

December 2024

The Anvil: 12 Dec – 5 Jan / see diary for

performance times

The fabulous family pantomime at The Anvil promises a laugh-a-minute extravaganza with stunning sets, top musical hits, fantastic costumes, and exciting special effects to keep audiences both young and old entertained!

A beautiful Princess is cursed by the evil Carabosse at her 18th birthday party and can only be awoken by true love’s kiss. Can the Good Fairy’s magical spell break the curse? Will she find her true love and live happily ever after?

Don’t get caught napping – book now and join us for the greatest magical pantomime ever told!

£34.50, £33.50, £28.50 (includes £4 booking fee)

Under 16s, f/t students, and Friends of Anvil Arts

£3 off (exc 14 – 15 Dec and 21 – 23 Dec for Friends).

Relaxed performance £14 (includes £4 booking fee)

Tue 17 Dec / 6pm Thu 2 Jan / 2pm

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The Haymarket: 14 – 15 Dec / 7.30pm

Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents

A Christmas Carol

Always a sell-out, Chapterhouse Theatre Company is proud to bring you A Christmas Carol , Charles Dickens ’ famous tale of hope and redemption.

With dazzling musical sequences and authentic period costuming, this production promises to be the perfect accompaniment to the festive season.

£23.50. Under 16s £18 (includes £4 booking fee)

The Haymarket: Wed 18 Dec / 7.30pm

Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band

The Haymarket: Tue 17 Dec / 7.30pm

Philharmonia Brass at Christmas

There’s something irresistibly Christmassy about the sound of brass instruments, their warm tomes blending like a choir of carol singers.

Join the Philharmonia Orchestra Brass Ensemble for a programme ranging from serene Advent pieces to the merriest melodies of the season.

£31. Under 25s and f/t students £12 (includes £4 booking fee)

Carols & Capers – The Fortieth Anniversary & Farewell Tour

To mark their fortieth anniversary, Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band will tour for what will be the very last time.

Together they mix rich vocal harmony, and ancient and modern instruments with a refreshing cavalier attitude and plenty of humour, putting their inimitable stamp on a range of familiar and not-so-familiar festive fare.

£29.50 (includes £4 booking fee)

December 2024

The Haymarket: Thu 19 Nov / 7.30pm

Oh What A Night!

Oh What A Night! takes you on a musical journey through the incredible career of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.

Valli’s unmistakable voice dominated the airwaves for more than two decades with hits such as Sherry, Let’s Hang On, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, December 63 (Oh What a Night), and many, many more.

Don’t miss the ultimate celebration of one of the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands.

£29 (includes £4 booking fee)

The Haymarket: Sun 22 Dec / 7.30pm

The Unthanks in Winter

When December draws near, The Unthanks will release and tour In Winter – a double-album, dream-like winter fantasia, embracing both the dark and the light in the most ritualistic of seasons. Echoes of winter tunes known throughout the western world, mix with the traditional and the newly written, all passed with great care and love through The Unthanks filter.

£34 (includes £4 booking fee)

The Haymarket: Fri 20 Dec / 7.30pm

Tennessee Country Christmas Show

The Tennessee Country Christmas Show celebrates renditions of seasonal favourites combined with some of the biggest-selling hits from our country superstars in a nostalgic, spirited holiday celebration.

Join tributes to Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, and Garth Brooks, along with a few surprise performers, for a country Christmas to remember.

£28 (includes £4 booking fee)

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The Anvil: Sat 5 Oct / 7.30pm

Basingstoke Variety Show 2024

in aid of the Mayor’s Charity Appeal

The Basingstoke Variety Show returns showcasing some of the best talent from across the borough. Featuring their own live band, this one night only show is a great opportunity to support the local community, while raising money for the Mayor’s charity appeal.

£20. Over 65s and under 16s £15 (includes £3 booking fee)

All tickets include a souvenir programme. In aid of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation Trust and North Hampshire Prostate Cancer Support Group

The Anvil: Sun 17 Nov / 7pm

Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra



Brahms Academic Festival Overture

Glazunov Violin Concerto

Brahms Symphony No. 1 in C minor

Aki Blendis violin

Stephen Scotchmer conductor

The orchestra’s 95th season opens with Brahms’ rousing Academic Festival Overture – a potpourri of joyful student tunes, brimming with youthful exuberance. This is followed by a performance of Glazunov’s dazzling, virtuosic Violin Concerto, performed by brilliant teenage violin prodigy, Aki Blendis – a name to look out for in the future. The programme ends with Brahms’ dramatic and colossal 1st Symphony, an undisputed romantic orchestral masterpiece.

£27, £22, £15. Over 65s £2 off, under 16s £3, f/t students £13.50, £11, £7.50 (includes £3 booking fee)

Early Booking – £2 off if booked before Sun 6 Oct

Forge Programme

Keep an eye on for more great music confirmed after the brochure went to press.

The Anvil: Sat 23 Nov / 7.30pm

Basingstoke Choral Society


Night at the Opera

David Gibson

Basingstoke Choral Society, along with a professional orchestra and soloists will be performing a selection of some of the most popular arias and choruses.

£27, £21, £15. Under 16s £7 (includes £3 booking fee)

The Haymarket: 26 – 30 Nov / 7.30pm Sat 2.30pm

Basingstoke Amateur Theatrical Society presents

Nativity! The Musical

Based on the hit film, join the pupils and teachers at St. Bernadette’s Primary School as they stage their very own musical Nativity! Feel-good, funny and full of yuletide joy, the show’s guaranteed to fill you with Christmas spirit!

Wed £28.50, Thu–Sat £29.50. Over 65s and f/t students £2 off, under 16s £5 off Over 65s and f/t students £2 off (includes £3 booking fee)

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Seating Plans Booking Details

The Anvil

Red: Stalls rows A to T

Blue: Circle rows A to N

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

Yellow: Choir seats rows A to E

The Haymarket

Blue: Stalls rows C to M

Orange: Stalls rows N to S

Purple: Circle rows A to D plus CC and DD

The Forge

Rows A to G

01256 844244 Churchill Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 7QR

Box Office: situated at The Anvil and The Haymarket main entrances.

Box Office Opening Hours

The Anvil Mon – Fri, 10am – 2pm Performance nights – open at 6pm

The Haymarket Open on performance nights only

Call 01256 844244 or email

Reserved Tickets: held for three days or until an hour before the performance, whichever is sooner. After this time, unpaid reservations will be released.

Returns Only Performances: please contact the box office to join the returns list. Some tickets may be released nearer to the performance date.

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 our venues or our extensive work with schools, young people and people living with dementia.

Group Booking

For information on group booking rates and availability, please call 01256 366935 (answer service when not staffed) or email Alternatively, visit

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Cards: Mastercard and Visa.

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 24 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 can be reprinted at a cost of 50p per ticket. We operate a re-sale facility on sold out performances (admin and booking fee applies).

Bars and Refreshments

Foyers are open from 6pm for evening performances, and one hour before all others. Out of respect to fellow audience members and performers, re-admission to the auditorium with drinks once a show has started is not permitted.

Get ready to beat the queues with our hassle-free click & collect service. Pre-order your drinks using

Safety and Enjoyment

Please ensure you always have your ticket with you as scanned tickets are checked when entering the foyers and auditorium.

We may on occasions conduct bag and security searches. Large bags will not be permitted into the auditorium.

We will make every effort to admit latecomers at a suitable break in the performance, but we cannot always guarantee entry.

We reserve the right to refuse admission or eject audience members from our venues and events at our discretion, including for behaviour affecting people’s enjoyment of the performance.

Please switch your phone off or to silent during a performance or event.

Discounts are available for performances where stated.

Only one discount can apply to any one ticket.

You may be asked to provide proof of eligibility. Student tickets cannot be posted out or sent by text. Please show your ID on collection.

For full terms and conditions of sale, contact the box office, or visit

your e-ticket and simply pick them up from your designated collection point.

We operate a Challenge 25 Policy in our venues. Please be prepared to show photographic ID on request when purchasing or pre-ordering drinks or products containing alcohol.

We do not permit the unauthorised use of cameras and recording equipment within the auditorium or foyers.

Please be aware that other audience members may stand or dance during the performance.

If you experience any problems during a performance or event, please inform a member of staff immediately, so that we can do our best to resolve the issue at the time.

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult ticket holder; Anvil Arts cannot be held responsible for children unaccompanied by an adult.

Please be kind to our staff and to each other so that everyone can enjoy the experience

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Children’s Performances

A limited number of booster seats are available on entry to the auditorium, for use free of charge. Baby changing facilities are available in both venues

Children under 18 months require an Infant in Arms ticket (available at selected performances) for the cost of £3–£4. To book, please call the box office on 01256 844244

Conditions of Sale

It is the nature of live performance that start and running times may vary, and artists, programmes, and other details may be subject to last minute changes.

Anvil Arts reserves the right to introduce discounts and special offers at any time, and these cannot be applied to tickets already purchased.

Not all seats may be available at all performances or when booking opens.

Details in this brochure were correct at the time of going to press, but changes may be unavoidable.

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

We have up to six wheelchair spaces available in The Anvil, one in The Forge and up to two in The Haymarket. We are unable to sell wheelchair spaces or allow transfers out of wheelchairs into seats in the Circle level of The Anvil auditorium. Emergency evacuation from The Haymarket auditorium is via an emergency lift or evacuchair, all other lifts in our venues cannot be used in an emergency. Personal emergency evacuation plans can be made available on request.

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 Stalls Foyer counters.


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Assistance dogs are welcome; please discuss availability of suitable seating areas at the time of booking.


Blue Badge parking is available in car parks within a short distance of both The Anvil and The Haymarket. Please visit visit-us/how-to-get-here 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

Visual Stories for The Anvil and The Haymarket can be found at to assist your visit.

This brochure is available in large print and Braille on request.

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Support The Anvil Trust

Now and in the future

The Anvil Trust is a charity. If you like what we do, please consider supporting us.


A one-off or regular donation will be used to support our programme of events. The Great Music of the World fund specifically supports the International Concert Series. Please contact the box office for details or visit

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Enjoy priority booking, no postage charges, advance information and other benefits. Please contact the box office for details or visit

Make a gift in your will

By including The Anvil Trust in your will, you’ll enable us to continue to give the gift of music as well as reducing your inheritance tax bill.

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Get Involved

Every year we work with thousands of people from across the Borough and beyond to explore their creativity in our Community Engagement programme.

We provide schools and colleges with opportunities to experience classical and world music, to create their own music and theatre, and to support their careers. We work with people living with dementia

to help them stay connected and tell their stories creatively in our Finding the Words project. Our popular Musication Station encourages the community to try a musical instrument, whatever their age or ability.

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42 CALENDAR Box Office 01256 844244 SEPTEMBER Thu 12 / 8pm Milton Jones 3 Fri 13 / 7.30pm Toad on the Road 3 Sat 14 / 7.30pm Kiri Pritchard-McLean 3 Sun 15 / 2.30pm There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly 4 Tue 17 / 7.30pm Sir Ranulph Fiennes 4 Wed 18 / 7.30pm Dawn French 5 Wed 18 / 7.30pm Peter Cox 5 Fri 20 / 7.30pm An Evening with Richard Carpenter 5 Sat 21 / 7.30pm A Country Night in Nashville 6 Sat 21 / 7.30pm Clare Teal Five 6 Sun 22 / 7.30pm Ben Elton 6 Thu 26 / 7.30pm Sandi Toksvig 7 Sat 28 / 7.30pm Leo Sayer 7 Sun 29 / 3pm Grimethorpe Colliery Band 7 Sun 29 / 7.30pm Dr Louise Newson 8 OCTOBER Thu 3 / 7.30pm The Illegal Eagles 8 Thu 3 / 7.30pm Catrin Finch & Aoife Ní Bhriain 8 Fri 4 / 7.30pm The UB40 Years 9 Fri 4 / 7.30pm Mark Watson: Search 9 Sat 5 / 7.30pm Basingstoke Variety Show 2024 37 Sun 6 / 8pm The Tiger Lillies 9 Wed 9 / 7.30pm Will Gregory Moog Ensemble with Britten Sinfonia 10 Thu 10 / 7.30pm Queenz –Drag Me to the Disco! 10 Thu 10 / 7.30pm Arms and the Man 11 Fri 11 / 7.30pm Al Murray 12 Fri 11 / 7.30pm Arms and the Man 11 Sat 12 / 2.30pm & 7.30pm Arms and the Man 11 Sat 12 / 7.30pm Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra 12 Sun 13 / 2.30pm & 6.30pm Cirque –The Greatest Show 13 Sun 13 / 7.30pm An Evening with Jimmy Tarbuck 13 Tue 15 / 8pm An Evening with Snooker Greats 13 Wed 16 / 8pm Lucy Beaumont 14 Thu 17 / 7.30pm Ed Gamble 14 Thu 17 / 7.30pm Steeleye Span 14 Fri 18 / 7.30pm Dick and Angel: Forever Home 15 Fri 18 / 7.30pm Nick Heyward 15 Sat 19 / 7.30pm The Story of Guitar Heroes 15 Sat 19 / 7pm The Oceanaires Big Band 16 Sun 20 / 7.30pm Dancing in The Streets 16 Sun 20 / 7.30pm Aled Jones 16 Tue 22 / 7.30pm Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra of Toyko 17
Fri 1 / 8pm Sarah Millican: Late Bloomer 21 Sat 2 / 8pm Sarah Millican: Late Bloomer 21 Sun 3 / 7.30pm Shaparak Khorsandi 21 Tue 5 / 7.30pm John Barrowman 22 Wed 6 / 7.30pm Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells Live in Concert 22 Thu 7 / 7.30pm A Symphonic Tribute to Enya 22 Thu 7 / 7.30pm Comedy of Terrors 23 Fri 8 / 7.30pm Comedy of Terrors 23 Sat 9 / 2pm & 7.30pm Comedy of Terrors 23 Fri 8 / 7.30pm The Rat Pack 24 Sun 10 / 5pm Showman –An Evening with Anton Du Beke 24 Tue 12 / 7.30pm Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment 25 Tue 12 / 11am, 1pm & 2.15pm You Are The Sun 24 Fri 15 / 7.30pm Le Vent du Nord 25 Sat 16 / 7.30pm Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra 26 Sun 17 / 7pm Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra 37 Tue 19 / 7.30pm An Audience with Monty Don 26 Wed 20 / 1.30pm The Gruffalo 27 Wed 20 / 8pm Brit Floyd 28 Thu 21 / 10.30am, 1pm & 4.30pm The Gruffalo 27 Thu 21 / 7.30pm Adam Kay 28 Fri 22 / 7.30pm Swan Lake 28 Fri 22 / 8pm Lucy Porter 29 Sat 23 / 7.30pm Basingstoke Choral Society 37 Sat 23 / 7.30pm Turin Brakes Acoustic 29 Sun 24 / 7.30pm Nish Kumar: Don’t Kill My Vibe 29 Tue 26 / 7.30pm Fairytale of New York 30 Tue 26 / 7.30pm BATS: Nativity! The Musical 37 Wed 27 / 8pm Russell Kane 30 Wed / 7.30pm BATS: Nativity! The Musical 37 Thu 28 / 7.30pm The Sixteen 31 Thu 28 / 7.30pm BATS: Nativity! The Musical 37 Fri 29 / 7.30pm The 80s Show 30 Sat 30 / 2.30pm & 7.30pm BATS: Nativity! The Musical 37
Sun 1 / 7.30pm The Rick Wakeman Yuletide Christmas Show 31 Tue 3 / 1.30pm The Owl Who Came for Christmas 32 Wed 4 / 10.30am & 1.30pm The Owl Who Came for Christmas 32 Thu 5 / 10.30am & 1.30pm The Owl Who Came for Christmas 32 Fri 6 / 10.30am & 1.30pm The Owl Who Came for Christmas 32 Sat 7 / 10.30am & 1.30pm The Owl Who Came for Christmas 32 Sun 8 / 10.30am & 1.30pm The Owl Who Came for Christmas 32 42
Picture Credits Jennie Caldwell, Firedog, Rhian Ap Gruffydd, Trevor Leighton, Nick Oliver, Matt Stronge, Steve Ullathorne Wed 23 / 8pm John Bishop 17 Thu 24 / 8pm John Bishop 17 Thu 24 / 7.30pm Dracula 18 Fri 25 / 7.30pm Dracula 18 Sat 26 / 2.30pm & 7.30pm Dracula 18 Sun 27 / 7.30pm A Night at the Movies 19 Sun 27 / 12pm & 3.30pm Milkshake! Live on Holiday 19 Mon 28 / 1.30pm Dear Zoo Live! 20 Tue 29 / 10.30am & 1.30pm Dear Zoo Live! 20 Wed 30 / 7.30pm 10cc 19 Thu 31 / 7.30pm Sh!t-faced Shakespeare 21 Tue 10 / 7.30pm The Nutcracker 33 Thu 12 / 10.30am & 6pm Sleeping Beauty 34 Thu 12 / 7.30pm The Albion Christmas Band 33 Fri 13 / 10.30am & 6pm Sleeping Beauty 34 Fri 13 / 7.30pm The Chicago Blues Brothers 33 Sat 14 / 2pm & 6pm Sleeping Beauty 34 Sat 14 / 7.30pm A Christmas Carol 35 Sun 15 / 2pm & 6pm Sleeping Beauty 34 Sun 15 / 7.30pm A Christmas Carol 35 Tue 17 / 10.30am & 6pm Sleeping Beauty 34 Tue 17 / 7.30pm Philharmonia Brass at Christmas 35 Wed 18 / 10.30am & 6pm Sleeping Beauty 34 Wed 18 / 7.30pm Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band 35 Thu 19 / 10.30am & 6pm Sleeping Beauty 34 Thu 19 / 7.30pm Oh What A Night! 36 Fri 20 / 7.30pm Tennessee Country Christmas Show 36 Sat 21 / 2pm & 6pm Sleeping Beauty 34 Sun 22 / 2pm & 6pm Sleeping Beauty 34 Sun 22 / 7.30pm The Unthanks in Winter 36 Mon 23 / 2pm & 6pm Sleeping Beauty 34 Tue 24 / 11am & 3pm Sleeping Beauty 34 Thu 26 / 3pm Sleeping Beauty 34 Fri 27 / 2pm & 6pm Sleeping Beauty 34 Sat 28 / 2pm & 6pm Sleeping Beauty 34 Sun 29 / 2pm & 6pm Sleeping Beauty 34 Mon 30 / 2pm & 6pm Sleeping Beauty 34 Tue 31 / 2pm Sleeping Beauty 34
Thu 2 / 2pm & 6pm Sleeping Beauty 34 Fri 3 / 2pm & 6pm Sleeping Beauty 34 Sat 4 / 2pm & 6pm Sleeping Beauty 34 Sun 5 / 2pm Sleeping Beauty 34 Schools rate The Haymarket The Anvil The Forge Group booking rate Key Family Ticket Signed Performance Relaxed Performance 43
APRIL 2023 Box Office 01256 844244 4444 44 | 01256 844244 | #GreatPerformanceLive Churchill Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 7QR DIRECTIONS Life Patron: The Lady Sainsbury CBE Patron: The Countess of Portsmouth The Anvil Trust is an independent educational charity The Anvil Trust Limited Registered in England No 2720007 Registered Charity No 1034961 Registered Office: The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 7QR

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