FROM its opening concert, The Anvil has had many famous faces walk its boards.

In the 25 years since the concert hall open its doors, the venue has welcomed talents from all aspects of the arts world.

Whether it be musicians, comedians, children’s entertainers or celebrities appearing in The Anvil’s annual pantomime, there have been a whole host of household names who have graced the Basingstoke venue.

From Julian Lloyd-Webber performing in The Anvil’s opening concert, to this week welcoming presenter and actor Russell Kane, The Anvil has always prided itself on bringing the cream of the crop to Basingstoke.

In recent years the venue has welcomed the likes of Brian Cox, Lulu and Jimmy Carr.

It is not just on the stage where the famous faces have been spotted. In 2016, comedian Adam Hills walked out into the foyer of The Anvil in just a dressing gown to collect funds for Naomi House and Jacksplace hospices after reading about the charities in the Gazette.

Also, when the stars of the pantomime come to town, they fully immerse themselves within the community. On the occasions he appeared in Basingstoke, Keith Chegwin got involved in a number of community events, and last year star of Snow White, Dani Harmer, was the guest of honour at the town’s Christmas light switch-on.

With The Anvil celebrating 25 years, including a birthday concert on May 3, the venue continues to bring a whole host of famous faces to Basingstoke.