The Anvil was built by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. Work started in August 1992 and the building opened in May 1994. The quality of the acoustic was the prime consideration throughout the building process, and the auditorium was designed to have near-ideal shape and volume.
“It boasts acoustics as warm as an Italian courtyard.” The Times
“Designed without compromise as an ideal concert hall.” The Observer
“The acoustics [offer] a commendable combination of warmth and clarity.” The Independent
A regional venue worth the journey.” The Times
The Anvil is one of the largest entertainment venues in Hampshire. Seating 1300 people, it can also be adapted into a concert hall. The Anvil is popular for its classical music performances, including many appearances from orchestras such as the Philharmonia, Berlin Symphony and the St Petersburg Philharmonic - and it was proud to host the last UK performance of legendary pianist Sir Alfred Brendel. Comedians such as Lee Evans, Jo Brand, Frankie Boyle and Paul Merton have appeared at The Anvil, and the Autumn 2008 season saw the visits of musical stars as varied as Boy George, Dionne Warwick and The Stylistics. Every Christmas The Anvil presents a different pantomime - full of festive fun and magic for all the family.