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Panto Day

Panto Day is back!

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After 2015's fun, Panto Day is back for another year! This nationwide event, taking place tomorrow, celebrates everything we love about pantomime - oh yes it does!

JG Dance

Junior dancers get into the groove

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Performers aged 7 - 11 from JG Dance, one of the local dance groups performing in our panto this christmas, have been getting stuck into rehearsals this week.

Christmas lights

Panto stars light up Basingstoke

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Panto rehearsals have been in full swing since last Friday (25 Nov), but our panto cast had already been in costume - and character - before then!

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

Spring 2017

New spring season announced

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It may be grey and chilly outside, but we're already looking forward to sunnier skies and our new spring season - on sale Mon 14 Nov.

Christmas Gifts

A perfect present for Christmas

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A great evening out makes a wonderful Christmas present, so this year why not treat your loved one to a show? 

Mr Darcy Loses the Plot

Mr Darcy visits Jane Austen at home

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The dashing Mr Darcy visited Jane Austen’s house in Alton yesterday and happened to bump into his creator herself writing away in the dining room.

Why The Whales Came

Audience reaction to Why The Whales Came

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We're laden with top notch adaptations of children's books this autumn, including the beguiling Why The Whales Came, based on a story by War Horse

The cast of Sleeping Beauty

New trailer for Sleeping Beauty

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The wonderful cast of Sleeping Beauty came to see us, including Only Fools and Horses' SUE HOLDERNESS, KAT

Dove House School Academy

Music at Dove House School Academy

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Throughout this academic year (2016/17) we will be working alongside SoCo Music Project to deliver music lessons to the entirety of Year 8 at Dove House School Academy.

Sue Holderness

Panto star walks for charity

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Our wicked fairy Sue Holderness did a good turn recently, taking part in a charity event in aid of Alzheimer's Society. 

Forge New On Sale

Bumper Forge Spring Season

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Book now for our brand new bumper Forge spring season. There's Blues, Folk, Americana and much more in this terrific line up of acts - all on sale now!

Fanfare for Gosport

Fanfare for Gosport

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The latest project from Anvil Arts Associate Artists New Dimensions, Fanfare for Gosport, was performed for the first time at the Royal Clarence Yard on 11 Sep as part of Gosport’s Heritage Open Weekend.

Most Welcoming Theatre Award 2016

Vote for Anvil Arts!

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Voting is now open for the UK Theatre's Most Welcoming Theatre Award 2016.

Box Office Opening Hours

Summer Opening Hours

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Booking by phone or in person this summer? Our box office opening hours for August are as follows: Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm Sat 10am-3pm Sun Closed

The Brodowski Quartet at Maple Ridge school

Associate Artists tour local schools

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Last week, Anvil Arts Associate Artists The Brodowski Quartet took their Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Unwrapped to local schools.

The Shires

The Shires return to The Anvil

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Dynamic country duo The Shires will return to The Anvil in November, it has just been announced.

Sleeping Beauty stars visit The Anvil

Sleeping Beauty stars visit The Anvil

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Two of our Christmas pantomime stars paid us a visit last week, to give us a taste of what to expect from this year's production Sleeping Beauty.

OctoberFest

OctoberFest tickets on sale now

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Tickets for Hampshire OctoberFest (7 - 9 Oct) at Basingstoke Cricket & Sports Ground are now available.

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.

Be Part of the Act

Be part of the act at Anvil Arts

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We will soon be recruiting for Front of House Assistants to start work in September 2016, at the beginning of our exciting new season.

Kevin Bloody Wilson

Last minute Father's Day gift ideas

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Father's Day is this weekend, and if you've left present buying a bit late then don't panic - our online box office is open 24 hours.

Jamie Raven Twitter Q&A

Jamie Raven Twitter Q&A

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Update: Our Twitter Q&A with Jamie Raven will now take place this Thursday 23 Jun at 1pm.

New on sale

Bumper autumn now on sale

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It's a big day for new shows, with all our fun-filled family shows and entertaining dramas now on sale for the autumn season Family

Leif Ove Andsnes

Leif Ove Andsnes recital cancelled

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With great regret, Leif Ove Andsnes has had to withdraw from his performance at The Anvil on Thu 9 Jun due to medical reasons and sends his apologies to the ticket holders who had planned to attend his recital.

The Catherine Tate Show - Live

New shows on sale

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This week we've got a diverse range of new shows on sale, with everything from comedy and history to music and photography. You're bound to find something to float your boat!

Sleeping Beauty Cast Announcement

Sleeping Beauty cast announcement

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We're delighted to announce the first of our fabulous cast members for this year's pantomime, Sleeping Beauty (8 Dec - 2 Jan)! 

Fire Engines

Hampshire Fire and Rescue at The Anvil

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Three fire engines at the Stage Door? Nothing to worry about, the fire service just dropped into The Anvil last week as part of their training.

Warsaw Village Band

Warsaw Village Band win at Polish Grammys

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Huge congratulations are in order for Warsaw Village Band, whose album Festival of the Sun has won the accolade of Roots Album of the Year at the 2016 Fryd

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

Eliza Carthy nominated at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

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Best of luck to upcoming Anvil star Eliza Carthy in tonight's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Eliza is nominated for the Singer of the Year Award, and will be performing as part of the ceremony.

Anvil Arts

Audiences love visiting Anvil Arts

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We commissioned an independent survey of audiences and the results are now in. Patrons filled in an online questionnaire about their visits to The Anvil, The Haymarket and The Forge.