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Curtain up on variety showtime

News release 8527, published on 14 Aug 2019
More than 300 performers are set to rock The Anvil at this year’s Basingstoke Variety Show.

A spectacular evening is promised on Saturday 5 October with a diverse range of acts – from Indian dance and ballet to a drum corps, a Samba band and dancing dogs!

The best of the borough’s singers, dancers and musicians will entertain and proceeds from the show will help boost the charity appeal of the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane, Cllr Diane Taylor.

The exciting programme of live music and dance will be hosted by the Mayor’s daughter Pippa Taylor, executive producer of Radio X’s Chris Moyles Show, and her partner, radio presenter Toby Tarrant.

Local acts taking to the stage include the Basing Singers, Footsteps Dance School, Live2Dance, Stagecoach Basingstoke, BATS, Kala the Arts, Marina School of Dance, Tadley Community Primary School Samba Band, Old Basing Drum Corps and many solo acts.

School singing groups taking part include Oakley C of E Junior School, Silchester CE Primary School, Chalk Ridge Primary School, Kings Furlong Junior School and Burnham Copse Primary School.

Mayor Cllr Diane Taylor said: “Basingstoke has many talented entertainers and this is your chance to enjoy a fantastic night out watching the best of them on the Anvil stage.

“You’ll also be supporting my charity appeal which supports three wonderful causes - HeartSmart, Real Change Not Loose Change and Besom in Basingstoke.

“So please put the date in your diary and join me. It promises to be a fun evening for all ages.”

Tickets for the show, on Saturday 5 October at 7.30pm, are £18 for adults and £12 for over 65s and under 16s, including a souvenir programme and a £2.50 booking fee.

For tickets contact The Anvil Box Office on 01256 844244 or visit

Find out about the Mayor’s Charity Appeal at

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