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“Good venue”
Review of The Anvil

The Anvil
Ranked #2 of 50 things to do in Basingstoke
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Anvil is one of Hampshire’s largest entertainment venues and offers a wide range of entertainment for all ages including stand-up comedy, theatre, ballet & opera, classical music, pop concerts and pantomime. This year we’ve welcomed top class performers including Lee Evans, Boy George and Billy Ocean and also had the pleasure of hosting one-off events such as the last UK concert appearance of the great pianist Alfred Brendel.
Reviewed July 11, 2017 via mobile

Good venue, quite modern in the centre of town. Ample car parking so tend not to struggle parking when seeing a show.

Thank LeaJoh
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"concert hall"
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"jimmy carr"
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"great acoustics"
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"local theatre"
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"comfortable seating"
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"excellent sound"
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"symphony orchestra"
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"classical music"
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"sound quality"
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"excellent theatre"
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Reviewed June 21, 2017 via mobile

To be fair I think my description of this venue as 'lacking soul' has more to do with its size than anything. I was here for comedy, and it's not ideal for that. I already knew that and I always look to see if the show is offered at another venue I can get to, booking the Anvil as a last resort. But that's harsh on it, because it's also spacious and comfortable and my only real criticism would be the paucity of ladies' toilets - there always seems to be a queue.

Can't really blame it for the large capacity of the auditorium! If that means I can get a ticket to see a big name, so be it. It's also handy for lots of nice places to eat, and there is plenty of parking nearby.

Thank Gailogail
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Reviewed June 2, 2017 via mobile

As a wheelchair user going to the Anvil was somewhere new for me. I was surprised at how accessible it was. There's a lift from the car park to near the enterance. Once inside it's all on one level. There's a wheelchair accessible (not a RADAR KEY) and a place to buy drinks. The doors into the auditorium are quiet heavy, but the staff will open then. The wheelchair spaces are 5 rows from the front so no neck bending to see the stage. We had a great time. I would definitely ho there again.

Thank domssross
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Reviewed May 24, 2017 via mobile

Had a fantastic night at The Anvil seeing Anastacia :)

The theatre is fantastic, really clean, staff really helpful and seating with great view of the stage. We were on one side of the circle and had a great view :)

The security last night was fantastic and the staff were very safety conscious!

Anastacia was absolutely brilliant, great atmosphere and audience participation!

Thank Spearey
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Reviewed May 23, 2017 via mobile

My top tip for the Anvil may seem a little odd but it's this: keep a close eye on their programme of forthcoming events as they have a truly marvelous selection.

We were there to hear the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, together with Freddy Kempf as the pianist playing Rachmaninov's second Piano Concerto, as well as works from Rimsky-Korsakov and Modest Mussorgsky.

Parking is easy and convenient nearby if coming by car - but see below.

Our seats were in the middle of the stalls, giving us a lovely view of the whole stage. My armrest was a little loose: I wonder if it's the only one (between seats R12 and R13). I found the seats very comfortable.

Interval drinks were ordered quickly from the pleasant bar staff before the concert began and ready at the interval.

I think I should add a brief word about the concert, which was quite outstanding. The encores lasted almost 30 minutes. This gives an idea of the quality of performance you can get at the Anvil. We left delighted.

And then it took 20-30 minutes to get out of the parking. I guess the Anvil must take about 1,000 people and when they mostly came by car and are trying to leave at the same time through one small exit, it is traffic chaos.

So top tip number two is to park elsewhere if you can, or go for a post performance drink (non alcoholic for the driver of course) while the traffic sorts itself out.

The Anvil is a jewel in Basingstoke, just a little let down by the nearby parking.

1  Thank msjhaffey
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