ENJOY An Evening of Eric and Ern with Olivier-nominated Jonty Stephens and Ian Ashpitel at The Haymarket on Tuesday, 26 March.

Jonty is a self confessed Morecambe and Wise anorak and it was his knowledge and love of the boys that proved to be the bedrock of their story.

This brilliant homage is crammed full of renditions of those famous comedy sketches, that hit all the right notes. From Greig’s Piano Concerto to Mr Memory, “Arsenal!”, this is a show full of Morecambe and Wise’s most-loved routines, songs and sketches and, of course, a musical guest.

The show evokes memories of times when whole families would huddle around the telly on Sunday evenings. You will feel as if you have been taken back to a world of sunshine and laughter.

If something for the family is what you are looking for, then there are a couple of great shows coming to Basingstoke just right for little ones and those that have perhaps not been to the theatre before.

The smash-hit production of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt comes to The Haymarket from Thursday 28 to Sunday, 31 March. Based on the much-loved book by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury, the fun-filled adaptation is set to Benji Bower’s lively score.

Join the intrepid family of adventurers and their musical dog on a quest to find a bear; as they wade through the gigantic swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river and the thick oozy, squelchy mud.

This mischievous celebration of play is the perfect treat for families with children aged three and up. It is just under an hour long with no interval, so an ideal first introduction to theatre. Expect catchy songs, interactive scenes, plenty of adventure and a few surprises along the way.

Julia Donaldson makes a rare stage appearance when she comes to The Haymarket during the Easter holidays, from Sunday, 7 to Tuesday, 9 April, in The Gruffalo, The Witch and The Warthog.

Following a sell-out season at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the multi award-winning author presents a show featuring six of her books including The Gruffalo, The Ugly Five and the newly-released The Cook and the King.

The cast of five, including Julia’s guitar-playing husband Malcolm, bring Julia’s stories to life with songs, puppetry and a touch of magic.

Julia said: “I suppose in a way theatre is the same, and gives you the same thing that a book gives you, in that while you’re reading or watching, you believe in a different reality. And if it’s a good show, parents love to see that their children – even very young ones – can just be transfixed by it.”

For details of all the shows now on sale visit anvilarts.org.uk or call the Anvil Arts box office on 01256 844244.