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Anvil Arts

About Us

Anvil Arts runs The Anvil, The Haymarket and The Forge in Basingstoke. It is the largest performing arts organisation in Hampshire, serving a region which stretches across central southern England.


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.

The architects were the Arts Team at RHWL, and the acoustic engineers were Arup Acoustics.

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