February at Anvil Arts | Basingstoke Observer

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ANVIL Arts bring many exciting shows to Basingstoke in February.

The Haymarket offers the charming family show The Tiger Who Came To Tea from February 4-6. This is a superb stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime chaos, based on the book by Judith Kerr. The doorbell rang as Sophie and her mum sat down for tea. Who could it be? What they don’t expect is a big hairy, striped tiger! Join the tea-hungry tiger in this delicious show filled with magic, sing-along songs, and goofy mayhem.

International hit Spirit of the Dance celebrates 21 fabulous years with its new anniversary show (Anvil, February 4). Seen by over 20 million people worldwide, the hit hit is Irish in origin and brimming with raw energy. This high-octane extravaganza takes dancing to the next level in an explosive fusion of Irish dancing combined with dance styles from around the world such as Scottish, Flamenco, Latin, Salsa, Street Dance , hip hop, techno can can and american tap.

The jaw-dropping dancers sound like a runaway express train as their frenetic skill and military precision send shivers down your spine. Not a single Irish dancing shoe slips out of line as their thunderous feet perform in unison, with an excitement that leaves the audience wanting more.

West End leading ladies Kerry Ellis and Louise Dearman bring an extravaganza of popular music and film hits to The Anvil (February 6). Accompanied by the fabulous International Film Orchestra, they will perform songs from Wicked, Les Misérables, We Will Rock You, Chess and The Greatest Showman to name a few.

Don’t miss the amazing Kodo One Earth Tour at The Anvil on February 9th. Kodo uses the Japanese art of Taiko drumming and gives it a thrilling theatrical twist in this new Tsuzumi show. Rhythm, tradition and an energy so powerful you can feel the air shake – experience the intense strength and gentle finesse as the drummers transcend linguistic and cultural boundaries while reminding us of the common bonds we share as human beings humans. This year, more than ever, they want to connect with their audience.

Deliciously silly and highly entertaining, Bumper Blyton and his cast of award-winning improvisers come to The Haymarket (February 10) to dream up a hilarious, live-action adventure based on audience suggestions. Relive your childhood as the riotous improvisational parody, full of innuendo and puns, is performed in period costume with music and songs in the style of Enid Blyton.

The dazzling production of Carmen, with live orchestra, (February 10) features Bizet’s breathtaking melodies, including The Toreador’s Song, Carmen’s seductive Habanera and Don José’s lyrical Flower Song. The story of passion and jealousy unfolds in a setting evoking the astonishing architecture of Seville and its main square with Roman and Moorish influences. Sung in French with English surtitles.

One of the most eminent wildlife presenters and filmmakers working today, Gordon Buchanan’s journey is a remarkable story (Haymarket, February 16). Gordon will reflect on his incredible 30 years of work behind and in front of the camera. It will be a rare opportunity to discover what has continued to guide his career and the defining stories that feature prominently in his work. He will also take the opportunity to consider what the future potentially holds in our rapidly changing ecological landscape.

For more information visit anvilarts.org.uk or call the box office on 01256 844244.

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