THEATRE lovers are encouraged to come along to a whole host of family shows at Basingstoke's theatres this half term.

On Thursday, February 15, there is the Comedy Club 4 Kids at The Haymarket at 2pm. The performance is around an hour long, and suitable for anyone aged six and over.

Enjoy the best stand-ups and sketch acts from the international circuit as they do their thing for an audience of children and their families. The show is family-friendly, but without any patronising idiocy. In fact, it's just like a normal comedy club, but it's on in the day and kids are allowed in.

READ MORE: The Anvil: Musician appointed as new engagement manager

Basingstoke Gazette: Lots on offer this half-term at Basingstoke's theatre

There is the opportunity to see two different ballets at The Anvil – Sleeping Beauty on Friday, February 16, and Swan Lake on Sunday, February 18 - presented by Varna International Ballet, accompanied by Varna International Ballet Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky’s beautiful scores. Renowned of its award-winning soloists and magnificent corps de ballet, the company has been delighting audiences for decades with performances of the highest quality.

There’s A Monster In Your Show, based on the best-selling picture book by Tom Fletcher and illustrated by Greg Abbott, is at The Haymarket on Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18.

The show is 50 minutes long and suitable for those aged two and over. A group of performers are preparing to start their show but quickly discover they are not alone on stage. Little Monster wants to be part of the fun too! With an invitation to his friends, Dragon, Alien, and Unicorn to join him, there will be comedy and chaos as they help to create a magical show, learning about the joy of books and friendship along the way.

SEE ALSO: Japanese drumming ensemble Kodo perform in Basingstoke

The following weekend, on Sunday, February 25, don’t miss Morgan & West’s Massive Magic Show for Kids at The Haymarket at 2pm. Their new magic show is full of their trademark wit, whimsy, and wall-to-wall silliness. Conjuring capers, mysterious magic tricks, larger-than-life laughs, and fantastic facial furniture all crammed into one hour of non-stop fun for all the family.

For more information and ticket prices, visit or give the Anvil Arts box office a call on 01256 844244.