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summer maintenance

We're summer maintenance ready

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This summer we'll be going dark over August to get the venues shipshape for the autumn season including changing our houselights and orchestral lighting to LED.

Creative Connections round-up

Creative Connections round-up

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In celebration of The Anvil’s 25th birthday, we recently welcomed groups from across Basingstoke and Deane to share their work on our Creative Connections project.

Autumn 2019

Fall for our new season

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Our Autumn 2019 brochure is here, and we have a harvest of un-be-leafable shows!

Father's Day 2019

Father's Day ideas for 2019

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Treat the father figure in your life this Father's Day (16 Jun) with tickets to one of our upcoming shows. We've got some fantastic performances coming up this June, which means you won't have to wait long to celebrate your dad in style!

25th birthday round-up

25th Birthday Round-up

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Last month marked our 25th birthday, as we celebrated the occasion with a concert from the Philharmonia Orchestra, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Martyn Brabbins and a specially commissioned piece by Samantha Fernando.

Footbridge closure

Footbridge closure from 3 Jun

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Please note that the Churchill Way footbridge will be closed from Mon 3 Jun until further notice for maintenance work. The Anvil can still be accessed through Festival Place and The Malls.

Winner 2019

Best Arts Venue 2019 - Winner

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We're very excited to share the news that we are the Winner of the Best Theatre/Arts Venue category for the Muddy Stiletto Awards 2019!

Autumn at The Forge

Autumn at The Forge now on sale

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We're thrilled to say that we have another wonderful season lined up this autumn for our most intimate venue, The Forge. With limited seats, early booking is highly recommended, so what are you waiting for?

The Anvil on air!

We were live on BBC Berkshire!

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Today, we were live on BBC Radio Berkshire as Sarah Walker presented her show live from The Anvil from 10am - 1pm as part of our #Anvilversary celebrations.

Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla

CBSO 10 May - encores

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The encore played by Denis Kozhukhin was Bach's Prelude in B minor BWV855, in the transcription by Alexander Siloti. The encore played by the orchestra was the fourth movement, Molto vivace, of the Concert romanesc by Ligeti.

Denis Kozhukhin

Fri 10 May - Change of soloist

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We are sorry to announce that pianist Yuja Wang has been obliged to withdraw from this performance, due to illness. We are very grateful to Denis Kozhukhin, who replaces her at short notice.

Anvilversary

One week countdown until The Anvil's 25th birthday!

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There's only one week to go until The Anvil turns 25, so we're taking this opportunity to reflect on our fondest memories of the venue - from the world-class performers that have graced our stage, to the community that the venue has built, and beyond.

DeLorean

Live out your DeLorean dreams!

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In celebration of the upcoming Back to the Future in Concert (Thu 25 Apr) at The Anvil, the DeLorean will be whipping up to The Malls Tue 23 Apr (10am - 5pm), ri

Easter Opening Hours

Box office Easter opening hours

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We'll be closed over the Easter holidays, so make sure you don't get caught out!  Fri 19 Apr: CLOSEDSat 20 Apr: CLOSEDSun 21 Apr: CLOSEDMon 22 Apr: CLOSED

Fuller's beer tour

Cheers to our 25th birthday!

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We're very excited to say that in honour of The Anvil's 25th anniversary, Fuller's will be brewing a very special birthday beer that will be for sale at The Anvil's bars surrounding the celebrations.

Aladdin

Exciting Aladdin cast announcement!

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The genie must have granted our wishes because we've got some brilliant names flying into The Anvil on a magical carpet for this year's Christmas pantomime, Aladdin (12

Mothers Day

Why Mummy Doesn't Give a... what?!

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This weekend is Mothering Sunday, and we think that this is the perfect time to treat the mums in your life to a well-deserved night out!

Samantha Fernando

We're turning 25!

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We will be marking the 25th anniversary of the opening of The Anvil on Friday 3 May, with a spectacular birthday concert performed by the

Shlomo's Beatbox Adventure for Kids

Extra show added for champion beatboxer

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Due to the success of his morning performance, we've added an afternoon show (1.30pm) for Shlomo's Beatbox Adventure for Kids (16 Apr

World Book Day 2019

Happy World Book Day 2019!

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Today is World Book Day! What better way to celebrate than with all the wonderful shows we have coming up, that see words leap magically off of the page and onto the stage?

Easter Fun

Cracking fun this Easter!

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The Easter holidays will be here before you know it and we have our planning hats on! 

Vadym Kholodenko

Thu 7 Mar - Change of Soloist

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Unfortunately due to illness, Alexander Gavrylyuk has withdrawn as soloist for the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra concert on Thursday 7 March. 

Ben & Holly hit the town!

Ben & Holly hit the town!

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Earlier today, Ben and Holly went to The Malls and Festival Place to meet some new friends.

Valentine's Day

Roses are red, violets are blue...

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...do we have the perfect idea for you! We'll be celebrating our love of folk-rock at The Anvil with Fairport Convention this Valentine's Day, but the fun do

The Musication Donation

Pantomime Musication Donation raises £6000

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Thanks to your generous donations at Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs performances, just over £6,000 was raised for our Community and Engagement project, The Musication Station.

Jason Manford

Tickets released for sell-out Jason Manford

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We've had some tickets released for the "effortlessly entertaining" (★★★★ Evening Standard) Jason Manford (7 Feb) at The Anvil next month. 

Snow White cast visit the children's ward

Snow White cast visit the children's ward

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Today (21 Dec) some of the cast from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs dropped in to visit the children's ward at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital.  

Christmas box office opening hours

Christmas opening hours

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Are you planning to purchase tickets from our box office over the festive season? Our full Christmas hours can be found below!

Dani Harmer Instagram takeover

Dani Harmer Instagram takeover

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Today, our fair Snow White of this year's pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (until 6 Jan), Dani Harmer, will be

Panto Day 2018

Panto Day: Year of the Villain

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It's the Year of the Villain, and that means today is the day where it is officially good to be bad (someone tell our Wicked Queen (Kirsty Sparks) the good news - we're too afraid)! 

BSO

Listen to BSO from The Anvil tonight on BBC Radio 3

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After a fantastic concert at The Anvil on Saturday 1 December, we are delighted to announce that the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra concert will be broadcast tonight on BBC Radio 3 at 7.30pm

Good tidings in Tadley

Good tidings in Tadley

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On Friday, we paid a visit to Tadley for the switching on of the Christmas lights with some of the cast of this year's Anvil pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Anvil Advent

And so Anvil Advent begins...

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Today is the first day of our Anvil Advent with prizes to be won every day between now and Christmas Eve!

Johannes Moser

BSO 1 December - encores

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The encore played by Johannes Moser was the Sarabande from the Cello Suite no. 4 BWV 1010 by Bach The orchestra played Shostakovich's Tahiti Trot (based on Tea for Two) after his Symphony no. 1

Vienna Tonkunstler Orchestra - encores

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The encore played by Angela Hewitt was the Adagio cantabile from Beethoven's Piano Sonata Op. 13 (Pathetique). The orchestral encore was the Tritsch-Trasch Polka by Johann Strauss II

Hallowen 2018

Shivers down your spine this Halloween

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Now that it's October, Halloween is only just around the corner, and we've got some devilishly good spooky treats lined up... If you dare.  

Let the fun be-gin!

Let the fun be-gin!

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We're excited to have two new additions at our bars as we now offer Twisted Nose and Winchester Dry Gins at The Anvil and The Haymarket.

The Malls car park charges

The Malls parking charge increase

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Please be aware when visiting The Anvil that the council have increased the car parking prices in The Malls car park. The charge is now £2 from 7pm to 8am as an overnight fee, replacing the previous charge of £1 after 6pm.

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest Ticket Collection

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Those attending Oktoberfest this weekend can collect their tickets from The Anvil's box office before Thu 11 Oct, 6pm.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The best of the fest: Edinburgh Fringe recap

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If you missed out on the action-packed Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year, don't fret because you can enjoy the first-rate acts right on your doorstep here in Basingstoke!

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Cycle parking facilities under refurbishment

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Please note that the cycle parking facility adjacent to The Anvil will be unavailable from 11 - 23 Aug due to refurbishment. The nearest cycle parking can be located on Church Street across from St Michael's Church.

Vacancies at Anvil Arts

Vacancies at Anvil Arts

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We are currently recruiting for the following posts: Head of Facilities Closing date: Mon 3 Sep, 10am Interviews will be held week commencing Mon 10 Sep

The World at Large

The World at Large at Merton Infant School

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Last week, our World at Large project visited Merton Infant School. The project works to support teachers as they use music and drama to develop their school’s own learning and behavioural values.

What the Ladybird Heard

The hunt is on (again)!

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After the huge success of our previous Basingstone, we've hidden another one for What the Ladybird Heard (12 - 15 Jul)!

Jamie Raven

Mind-blowing magic from Jamie Raven

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What a treat we had this morning when the awe-inspiring Jamie Raven popped by to wow us with some magic tricks ahead of his performance on Tue 16 O

Anvil Arts

Become our new Lighting Technician

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We are currently recruiting for a full-time Lighting Technician.  Closing date: Tue 10 Jul Interviews will be held on week beginning: Mon 16 Jul

Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Sheku Kanneh-Mason wins at Classic Brit Awards

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He recently played at the Royal Wedding, and now he has managed to bag two of the top awards at the Classic Brit Awards! It's safe to say that the ever talented Sheku Kanneh-Mason is taking the classical music scene by storm. 

Autumn 2018

Autumn 2018 on sale now!

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With a whole load of hot shows still to come this summer, we think it's the perfect time to start planning ahead.  

Maxim Vengerov - encore

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The encore played by Maxim Vengerov was the Sarabande from J S Bach's Partita no. 2 in D minor

Anvil Arts

Join our team!

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Fancy a new challenge? Who doesn't!  We're currently recuriting for a Programme & Admin Assistant. This is a full-time position. 

Finding the Words

Finding The Words

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Last week we celebrated our community project, Finding the Words, with a special showcase in The Forge which was a great success.

Spira Mirabilis

Spira mirabilis on Radio 3 tonight

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Don't miss Spira mirabilis talking on In Tune on BBC Radio 3 this evening (Friday), ahead of their concert here on Saturday.

Anvil Arts

We welcome our new Chief Executive

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We are pleased to announce that James Tilston has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of Anvil Arts, following the retirement of Christine Bradwell after 22 years in the post. 

Dove House Post-16 Interviews

Dove House Post-16 mock interviews

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On Fri 16 Mar, our Community Engagement team welcomed a group of young people from the Dove House Post-16 unit to The Anvil for mock interviews.

Jaws in Concert

Our new summer season is here!

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Our brand new summer season is now on sale!  We have a whole range of comedy, dance, music and more for you to sink your teeth into over the summer months.

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Road works

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Hampshire County Council have scheduled road works for the week commencing 5 Mar, which means that the ramp to The Anvil car park will be closed at 8pm every night.

Mother's Day

Mother's Day gifts she'll love!

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Unless you've been avoiding the shops and the world in general, you're probably aware that it's Mothers Day this Sunday!

Marnel Junior School

Small scale theatres with Marnel Junior School

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Earlier this month, Marnel Junior School invited us along to judge a competition between Year 4 pupils who have been busy making their own small scale theatres.  

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra - encores

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The encore played by Alisa Weilerstein was the Sarabande from Bach's Cello Suite no. 4 in E flat major BWV 1010. The orchestra played Brahms' Hungarian Dance no. 5.

Access at The Anvil

New changes to The Anvil auditorium

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Good news! We've replaced all the seats in the stalls (rows H - T). We think you'll find that our brand new seats are more comfortable and supportive, as well as looking beautiful!  

Valentine's Day at The Anvil

Feel the love at The Anvil

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There isn’t long left until Valentine’s Day, so if you’re still looking for the perfect way to spend it, don’t look any further!

Andreas Ottensamer

Andreas Ottensamer on BBC Radio

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Are you coming to see Andreas Ottensamer perform with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra this Thursday (18 Jan)? 

Park View Junior School education project

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Over the last few months, we've been working with local school Park View Juniors to develop a new project with the school’s learning behaviours at its core: tolerance, resilience, cooperation, respect and open-mindedness.

Peter Pan lights up Festival Place!

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On Thu 16 Nov, our very own Peter Pan landed at Festival Square for an evening of entertainment, community, and festive cheer for the annual switching-on of the Christmas lights.

It's Halloween competition time!

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Fancy winning a pair of tickets for Vampires Rock Ghost Train (Wed 1 Nov), as well as an official Vampires Rock t-shirt?

Vladimir Altschuler

St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra - encores

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The encores played on Friday 13 October by the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra were both from Glazunov's ballet Raymonda: - Entr'acte to Act 1 scene 2 - Grand Pas Espagnol

Ella Fitzgerald - A Centenary Celebration: Free Relaxed Screening

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We are delighted to offer a FREE relaxed screening suitable for people on the autistic spectrum, those living with dementia, and with other disabilities. The concert will be screened as it happens, in the welcoming atmosphere of The Forge.

The Anvil

We're recruiting!

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Anvil Arts is the largest performing arts organisation in Hampshire.

Derek Gripper

Derek Gripper wins at the Songlines Music Awards

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A huge congratulations to one of our upcoming music acts, South African guitarist Derek Gripper, who has won Best Artist in the African and Middle East category at the

Roadworks

Travel update - M3

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If you're planning on visiting us this week, please be aware that there will be closures, resurfacing and Smart motorway improvement works at various points on the M3.

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra - encores

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra - encores

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The encores played by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra were Nimrod from the Enigma Variations by Elgar and the March of the Trolls from Grieg's Lyric Pieces, Op. 54 no. 3

Alice Sara Ott encore

Alice Sara Ott encore

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The encore played by Alice Sara Ott on 19 November was the March of the Trolls by Grieg, Op. 54 no. 3

Autumn 2016

Autumn 2016 now on sale

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Autumn 2016 is now on sale. Download your Autumn 2016 ebrochure Comedy, drama, music, and of course, panto - it's all inside! Click on the above link to view the full brochure.

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra - encores

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra - encores

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The encores at the concert on 9 March were Rachmaninov Vocalise (arr. cello and piano) Sibelius Valse triste Khachaturian Lezghinka from the ballet Gayaneh

Patricia Kopatchinskaya encore

Patricia Kopatchinskaya encore

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The encores played by Patricia Kopatchinskaya at the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment concert on Thursday were pieces from Signs, Games and Messages and Kafka Fragments by Gyorgy Kurtag.

Valeriy Sokolov encore

Valeriy Sokolov encore

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The encore played by Valeriy Sokolov at the concert by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra on Friday was the Recitativo and scherzo caprice Op. 6 by Fritz Kreisler

Record panto sales

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Jack and the Beanstalk is officially our best-selling panto for eight years! Our 2015 - 2016 pantomime performed to over 20,000 people over three weeks and received glowing reviews from press and public alike.

Kirill Gerstein encore

Kirill Gerstein encore

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The encore played by Kirill Gerstein was the Three-Part Invention in E flat by Bach BWV 791

EFDD Conference

EFDD Conference

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Please note: Anvil Arts is not responsible for any transaction with TicketSource and any problems with them should be taken up with EFDD. You will need a valid Anvil Arts ticket with seat number in order to attend this event.

Katherine Ryan date change

Katherine Ryan date change

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Don't forget that the performance by Katherine Ryan which had been scheduled for Saturday 7 November has been changed to Sun 29 November because of her changing work commitments.

John Taylor obituary

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We are very saddened to learn that John Taylor died on Friday 17 July.

Andsnes wins!

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Leif Ove Andsnes, who will make his only recital appearance outside London here on 9 June 2016, has just won Recording of the Year and the Concerto Award in the 2015 BBC Music ma

St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra - encores

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Leon McCawley's encore was Rachmaninov's Prelude in G Op. 32 no. 5 The orchestra's encores were: The Entr'acte from Act 2 of The Snow Maiden by Tchaikovsky

Cinderella - Audience Reaction

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Hear what our audience members are saying about Cinderella Our magical pantomime plays in The Anvil until 4 Jan. Wey Hey!

Map showing locations of Anvil Arts venues

Black Dam roundabout works

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Extensive improvement works are now under way at the Black Dam roundabout. Read more details.

Box office summer opening hours

Box office summer opening hours

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The box office summer opening hours are: THE ANVIL Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm Sat 10am - 3pm CLOSED: Wed 20 - Mon 25 August THE HAYMARKET CLOSED: Mon 4 Aug - Fri 5 Sep EXCEPT: Wed 20 - Fri 22 Aug 10am - 5pm

The Anvil Trust wins Arts Council investment

The Anvil Trust wins Arts Council investment

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The Anvil Trust has won Arts Council England investment for another three years. The Trust is included in the list of National Portfolio Organisations published by ACE today, one of only six music organisations in the region to achieve this status.

Robert Cray loves The Anvil!

Robert Cray loves The Anvil!

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Limited tickets available for his previously sold out concert today - Friday 2 May - click here to book

Vienna Tonkunstler Orchestra - encores

Vienna Tonkunstler Orchestra - encores

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The encore played by Barry Douglas was October from The Seasons by Tchaikovsky The orchestra's encore was the Polka Schnell Leichtes Blut by Johann Strauss II

Anvil Arts commission wins award

Anvil Arts commission wins award

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Rivers to the Sea, by British composer Joseph Phibbs, won the Orchestral award at the British Composer Awards last night.

Basingstoke Youth Theatre

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Central Studio, Anvil Arts and Proteus Theatre Company are working together to transform theatre for young people in Basingstoke.