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Stephen Hough

Tonight on BBC Proms - Stephen Hough

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Tonight at the BBC Proms, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria's birth. 

Our summer soundtrack

The soundtrack of the summer ☀

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Good news, music lovers. We've created a summery Spotify playlist that will have you making the most of the long nights and dancing all night long!

Book Lovers Day

Happy Book Lovers Day!

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As we celebrate Book Lovers Day, we thought this would be the time to remind you of some of the shows we have coming up at Anvil Arts perfect for our bibliophile booker.

The Virtual Orchestra

Virtual becomes a reality

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All good things must come to an end, and sadly that includes The Virtual Orchestra (until 11 Aug). 

Staff picks

Staff Picks - Autumn 2019

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At Anvil Arts, we're a team with a great love of all things entertainment, so we thought we'd share with you some of our picks of the upcoming season.


Vacancy - Programme Assistant

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We are seeking to recruit a friendly and capable individual to join our team as a full-time Programme Assistant, to administrate, support and assist our Programme department, and to smoothly facilitate 450 performances per year.

Summer opening hours

Summer opening hours

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Summer is here, so don't forget to check our Jul - Aug box office opening hours!  The Anvil Mon - Fri / 10am - 5pmSat / 10am - 3pmSun / CLOSED

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.


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.


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.


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...

Posted on 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