THEATRE goers are being encouraged to come along to The Forge in Basingstoke this month where a whole host of entertainment will be on offer.

Charlie Dore is joined by celebrated multi-instrumentalist Julian Littman for a gig in The Forge at Anvil Arts on Thursday, March 14.

Dore’s songs have been recorded by the good and the great, including George Harrison, Tina Turner, Celine Dion, and Ricky Ross, but her live shows reveal that she keeps the best songs for herself.

As one of the UK’s most respected songwriters, her own albums continue to win awards on both sides of the Atlantic. Her tour will feature long-time collaborator, multi-instrumental singer/writer/actor Julian Littman (Steeleye Span), 'my other brother'.

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Hugely popular husband and wife duo Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman perform the following evening, Friday, March 15.

They have nurtured and fine-tuned their art, and watched it grow into something totally original and captivating. Roberts and Lakeman’s latest album is a ‘tour de force’ of musical and lyrical surprises.

Almost A Sunset, their seventh album, is a collection of thoughtful songs that range from re-worked traditional ballads to the off-piste storytelling style that has become their trademark. From their early days in folk supergroup Equation through to their new album, this multi-award-winning couple continue to exude class with their exquisite brand of traditional and contemporary acoustic music.

Having received rave reviews on the release of his new album Siempre, Ags Connolly is heading to Basingstoke on Saturday, March 16.

Widely considered to be one of the best country artists ever to emerge from the UK, his popularity in the US has grown since the release of his 2019 album Wrong Again. Siempre marks a change in direction - yet without leaving his trademark honky tonk sound behind. In an era when the pop and rock incarnations of country music are enjoying a surge in popularity, Ags continues to defend the last outpost of the genre’s traditional roots.

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Voted Comedians' Comedian of The Year 2022, Jo Caulfield is in The Forge on Sunday, March 17.

Her live show Here Comes Trouble is 90 minutes of razor-sharp observations and scandalous one-liners, as Jo gets her claws into everything (and everyone) that annoys her.

From stories about arguing with strangers on trains to dealing with over-enthusiastic supermarket staff, and trying to recapture the magic in a long-term relationship to “helping” organise her newly divorced friend’s dating life; this is pure stand-up, delivered with nothing more than a microphone and a bad attitude.

For more information on shows in The Forge, visit For tickets, head to the website or call the box office on 01256 844244.