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The Alban Arena

The 800-seat Alban Arena is the most visited arts venue in St Albans. It hosts a varied programme of national touring shows, concerts, comedy, films, exhibitions and pantomime. Drinks, ice cream and confectionary available. Free parking after 6.30pm. Pick up an events brochure, view a seating plan, or join the priority mailing list.

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  • Tue 31 Aug - (COVID-19) Update on Events

    7:30 PM

    This page is dedicated to keeping you all up to date with our events, we will add new information here as soon as we can confirm anything Rescheduled shows Shows we have been unable to reschedule Here is a list of all shows we are trying to reschedule 2020                                                                                                                                The Theatre team are working very hard to reschedule all the shows affected by the COVID 19 Pandemic. This has been a devastating time for the Arts and Theatre industries in the UK and we would ask for your individual support to help keep the industry alive.What can you do to help?Our Key customer focus within The Alban Arena at this time:Thank you for your patience and continued support.Most events have been rescheduled from 2020. Due to current restrictions, events are currently being rescheduled for early 2021. If you cannot see your show listed below as cancelled, then please check the individual event page for an update.2021Jackson Live – Wed 1st Sept2020 Book Tickets

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  • 7:45 PM

    Front Doors Open: 6.30pm Auditorium: 7pm Show Starts: 7.45pm To alleviate large queues we ask that you arrive in good time as there are bag searches in place. Where possible please bring small bags with you. Sweeney Entertainments presents…ABBA Forever is one of the UK’s leading International tribute Shows and theatre audiences from across Great Britain and Sweden have long enjoyed this superb recreation of possibly the world‘s greatest pop group.The unique Abba sound is replicated with an incredible attention to detail by this a seven-piece band featuring electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards and piano, bass, and drum. Two outstanding Abba girls complete the line-up, adding the essential glitz and glamour to a well-polished and gently humorous show.The wonderful lyrics penned by Benny and Bjorn are sung in wonderful harmony by all performers on stage. Dynamic non-stop choreography, stunning visuals, top class musicianship and an ALL LIVE performance ensures that the ABBA Forever Show captivates audiences from the opening refrain to the final sing-along chorus of this two-hour spectacular. “The attention to detail is what I believe gives ABBA Forever the edge over their peers in the tribute scene.” St Albans Life“The foursome rattle through the songs with huge energy and flawless harmonies. The accompanying band is also fantastic while the lighting is particularly impressive.” Portsmouth News To alleviate large queues we ask that you arrive in good time as there are bag searches in place. Where possible please bring small bags with you. Book Tickets

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  • Thu 02 Sep - Some Kinda Wonderful

    7:30 PM

    Front Doors Open: 6.30pm Auditorium: 7pm Show Starts: 7.30pm To alleviate large queues we ask that you arrive in good time as there are bag searches in place. Where possible please bring small bags with you. Featuring Noel McCalla & The Derek Nash Band QUOTES:Rarely have I heard the music of Stevie Wonder interpreted with such finesse, energy, and all-round brilliance – The House That Soul BuiltA simply fabulous show with a brilliant band. A must-see!The whole auditorium was on their feet. Go and see the show if you haven’t seen it yet!Have seen this show 5 times! Exquisite quality of musicianship, talent and authenticity. Not to be missed! To alleviate large queues we ask that you arrive in good time as there are bag searches in place. Where possible please bring small bags with you. Book Tickets

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  • 7:30 PM

    Front Doors Open: 6.30pm Auditorium: 7pm Show Starts: 7.30pm To alleviate large queues we ask that you arrive in good time as there are bag searches in place. Where possible please bring small bags with you. The Dualers are a 9-piece Jamaican Rhythm & Blues band from South East London. They first hit the headlines when the single ‘Kiss on the Lips’ stormed in to the UK top 30 despite no industry or professional backing, the follow up single Truly Madly Deeply charted at number 23 & featured in Hollywood blockbuster Fools Gold. Now heralded as Britain’s finest Ska & Reggae band The Dualers continue to play to sell-out crowds all over the UK, Europe & Asia. 2019 sees the release of the hotly anticipated new album, Palm Trees & 80 Degrees, as they embark on their biggest UK tour to date. The Sun – “Once you start dancing to The Dualers it’s impossible to stop” Q Magazine – “The Dualers soulful harmonising has admirable echoes of Bob Marley & Sam Cooke” The Independent – “These local superstars are inching towards fame” Mark Lamarr – “If only all bands were like The Dualers the world would be a better place” To alleviate large queues we ask that you arrive in good time as there are bag searches in place. Where possible please bring small bags with you. Book Tickets

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  • Sat 04 Sep - The Gin To My Tonic Festival

    12:30 PM

    The Gin To My Tonic Festival brings together over 100 different gins from across the UK and beyond. Each gin stocked behind the bars has been selected based on outstanding craftsmanship, delightful flavour and the most enjoyable drinking experiences. The festival is here to take you on a journey of gin discovery! What’s more, we believe gin should be served correctly which is why we offer 35ml serves (as opposed to the average 25ml) as standard! · Gin Explorer Guide· Gin Copa Glass· Glass Bag & Pen· NEW! Stainless Steel Straw· Access to 100+ Gins (and selected Vodkas and Rums)· Gin Exclusives· Delicious Premium Mixers (including Lemonade)· Gin Sampling / Ask The Experts· Access to Hot & Cold Food· Live Entertainment· Gin Party Atmosphere SESSION TIMES: Your ticket will provide you with guaranteed entry to the session of your choosing, along with a beautiful ‘Gin To My Tonic’ Copa balloon glass, tote bag, pen, and a Gin Explorer guide detailing the range of gins available and brief tasting notes.We pride ourselves on our relationships with distilleries, and are therefore delighted to be able to bring together a range of established and emerging craft gins in person to enrich your gin experience. You’ll also be able to pick their brains and discover even more about everybody’s favourite juniper-based tipple.The bar will operate on a token system with each token costing £5 for a 35ml measure of gin, garnish and an appropriate mixer. Cash and card payments are accepted. There will also be live music to get you into the party spirit.Love gin? Then join us for something totally unique! The Gin To My Tonic Festival brings together over 100 different gins from across the UK and beyond. Each gin stocked behind the bars has been selected based on outstanding craftsmanship, delightful flavour and the most enjoyable drinking experiences. The festival is here to take you on a journey of gin discovery! What’s more, we believe gin should be served correctly which is why we offer 35ml serves (as opposed to the average 25ml) as standard!· Gin Explorer Guide· Gin Copa Glass· Glass Bag & Pen· NEW! Stainless Steel Straw· Access to 100+ Gins (and selected Vodkas and Rums)· Gin Exclusives· Delicious Premium Mixers (including Lemonade)· Gin Sampling / Ask The Experts· Access to Hot & Cold Food· Live Entertainment· Gin Party Atmosphere Book Tickets

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  • 7:30 PM

    Front Doors Open: 6.30pm Auditorium: 7pm Show Starts: 7.30pm To alleviate large queues we ask that you arrive in good time as there are bag searches in place. Where possible please bring small bags with you. He’s a legend and an icon, a revolutionary and an immortal. John Lydon – aka Johnny Rotten – changed the face of music and sparked a cultural revolution. The frontman and lyricist of the Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd (PiL) caused a political earthquake and transformed music for good. To coincide with the publication of his new book, the brilliant, funny and insightful I Could Be Wrong, I Could Be Right, he is touring the UK. Lydon will talk about how he sees life, along with his unique and extraordinary career, and take audience questions during a pyrotechnic, one-off tour. Lydon will be sharing his thoughts with audiences. He Could Be Wrong. He Could Be Right.Signed copies of the book will be available at each venue.£45 – VIP ticket. Best rows (typically, rows 3-5), plus John Lydon goodie bag containing exclusive VIP tour lanyard with all dates and tour image, plus limited edition art print by John Lydon.To alleviate large queues we ask that you arrive in good time as there are bag searches in place. Where possible please bring small bags with you. Book Tickets

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  • Thu 16 Sep - Jive Talkin’

    8:00 PM

    Front Doors Open: 7pm Auditorium: 7.30pm Show Starts: 8pm To alleviate large queues we ask that you arrive in good time as there are bag searches in place. Where possible please bring small bags with you. Renowned as the original and very best Bee Gees tribute show, and THE ONLY Bee Gees tribute show that have actually performed with the original Bee Gees! In 1997 Gary & Darren from Jive Talkin performed LIVE on HEART FM with THE BEE GEES and received great compliments from both Maurice and Barry Gibb. As with the original Bee Gees, Jive Talkin is very much a family affair, with brothers Gary and Darren Simmons taking the roles of Maurice and Barry Gibb, with Darren’s son Jack joining the group in 2014 and taking on the role of Robin Gibb. The guys are supported musically by a four piece band with Lead Guitar, Violin, Cello and Drums, to ensure that every note in every song is just right! Wherever the group play they receive superb plaudits; “The Soundalike quality is quite sensational” (The Stage), “Amazing similarity to the real Bee Gees” (Wakefield Express), Absolutely Brilliant (Maurice Gibb), WOW (Barry Gibb) For a truly amazing experience and an opportunity to hear all the great Bee Gees hits; Tragedy, Night Fever, Massachusetts, Stayin Alive, jive Talkin, etc, in a 2 hour explosion of music and vocal harmony, this is a night not to be missed! To alleviate large queues we ask that you arrive in good time as there are bag searches in place. Where possible please bring small bags with you. Book Tickets

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  • 7:30 PM

    Front Doors Open: 6.30pm Auditorium: 7pm Show Starts: 7.30pm To alleviate large queues we ask that you arrive in good time as there are bag searches in place. Where possible please bring small bags with you. The World’s Greatest and most authentic touring Live Band Northern Soul ShowKeeping the Faith to the original sounds of the underground movement that started on the dance floors in the North and eventually swept the Nation including an 11-piece band with 4 lead vocalists performing over 30 original hits, expect to hear: Dobie Gray – “Out On The Floor”, R Dean Taylor – “There’s A Ghost In My House”, Frank Wilson – “Do I Love You – Indeed I Do”, Gloria Jones – “Tainted Love”, Al Wilson – “The Snake”, Yvonne Baker – “You Didn’t Say A Word”, Jimmy Radcliffe – “Long After Tonight Is Over”, Garnet Mimms – “Looking For You”, Dean Parrish – “I’m On My Way” and many, many more. To alleviate large queues we ask that you arrive in good time as there are bag searches in place. Where possible please bring small bags with you. Book Tickets

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  • Sat 18 Sep - Ultra 90’s

    8:15 PM

    Front Doors Open: 7.15pm Auditorium: 7.45pm Show Starts: 8.15pm To alleviate large queues we ask that you arrive in good time as there are bag searches in place. Where possible please bring small bags with you. ULTRA 90s Europe’s first and only show of its kind, with a full live band experience.Taking you back to the most exciting musical movement in decades – The 1990’s Dance Era.With other acts not daring to touch this style of music ULTRA 90s goes to where so many of us want to be taken, back to our youth.ULTRA 90s perform the best classic chart, dance and club anthems from the early 1990’sFrom Snap to 2 Unlimited via N.Trance, Faithless, Robin S, Rozalla, Ultra Nate, Black Box,Strike, Ce Ce Peniston, House of Pain, Gala to The Shamen and Vanilla Ice.FEATURING 5 ORIGINAL HEADLINE ARTISTS IN ONE SHOW!LIVIN JOY – ‘Dreamer’, ‘Don’t Stop Movin’KELLY LLORENNA – ‘Set You Free’, ’Tell It To My Heart’, ’This Time I know It’s For Real’BABY D – ‘Let Me Be Your Fantasy’, ‘So Pure’CAPPELLA – ‘U Got 2 Let The Music’, ’Move On Baby’URBAN COOKIE COLLECTIVE – ‘The Key’, ‘Feels Like Heaven’THE WORLDS GREATEST TOURING 90S DANCE SHOW! To alleviate large queues we ask that you arrive in good time as there are bag searches in place. Where possible please bring small bags with you. Book Tickets

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  • 7:30 PM

    Front Doors Open: 6.30pm Auditorium: 7pm Show Starts: 7.30pm To alleviate large queues we ask that you arrive in good time as there are bag searches in place. Where possible please bring small bags with you. The follow up to his acclaimed shows Fame: Not The Musical, and My Family: Not The Sitcom ★★★★★   Metro ★★★★ The  Guardian ★★★★   The Times Following his five-star Olivier-nominated hit My Family: Not The Sitcom and the return to number 1 of his seminal football anthem Three Lions, David Baddiel comes back to the stage with a brand new one-man show, Trolls: Not The Dolls. Trolls – the terrible people who spend all day insulting and abusing strangers for no other reason than to fill the huge gaps in their souls. There is a common wisdom about how to deal with trolls: don’t, for goodness sake, encourage these people by replying to them. It’s a good law. And it’s one that David Baddiel has consistently broken. Because David has always seen trolls as hecklers, and if a comedian gets heckled, it is their duty not to ignore the heckler, but to wittily put them down. Over the years, David has spent a lot of time doing this, which has led him to think that there might be a show in it: a show that would say something about how we live now. David has stories to tell, of the dark, terrible and hysterically absurd cyber-paths that interacting with trolls has led him down. Come with him on this comedy journey into our culture’s most dank virtual underground. You will come back safe, more able to deflect your own trolls, and only a little bit soiled. ★★★★★ The Jewish Chronicle ★★★★ The Telegraph ★★★★ The Mail on Sunday ★★★★ The Sunday Times ★★★★ Evening Standard ★★★★ The I ★★★★ Whatsonstage “Boasts side-splitting laughs and also moves people to tears” Evening Standard “Hugely funny” The Times “Compelling to watch both for its unvarnished truth and complicated affection” The Guardian “A show that bubbles with love and unexpected joie de vivre” The Telegraph To alleviate large queues we ask that you arrive in good time as there are bag searches in place. Where possible please bring small bags with you.The follow up to his acclaimed shows Fame: Not The Musical, and My Family: Not The Sitcom ★★★★★   Metro ★★★★ The  Guardian ★★★★   The TimesFollowing his five-star Olivier-nominated hit My Family: Not The Sitcom and the return to number 1 of his seminal football anthem Three Lions, David Baddiel comes back to the stage with a brand new one-man show, Trolls: Not The Dolls.Trolls – the terrible people who spend all day insulting and abusing strangers for no other reason than to fill the huge gaps in their souls. There is a common wisdom about how to deal with trolls: don’t, for goodness sake, encourage these people by replying to them.It’s a good law. And it’s one that David Baddiel has consistently broken. Because David has always seen trolls as hecklers, and if a comedian gets heckled, it is their duty not to ignore the heckler, but to wittily put them down. Over the years, David has spent a lot of time doing this, which has led him to think that there might be a show in it: a show that would say something about how we live now.David has stories to tell, of the dark, terrible and hysterically absurd cyber-paths that interacting with trolls has led him down. Come with him on this comedy journey into our culture’s most dank virtual underground. You will come back safe, more able to deflect your own trolls, and only a little bit soiled.★★★★★ The Jewish Chronicle★★★★ The Telegraph★★★★ The Mail on Sunday★★★★ The Sunday Times★★★★ Evening Standard★★★★ The I★★★★ Whatsonstage“Boasts side-splitting laughs and also moves people to tears” Evening Standard“Hugely funny” The Times“Compelling to watch both for its unvarnished truth and complicated affection” The Guardian“A show that bubbles with love and unexpected joie de vivre” The Telegraph Book Tickets

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  • Thu 23 Sep - What’s Love Got To Do With It?

    7:30 PM

    Front Doors Open: 6.30pm Auditorium: 7pm Show Starts: 7.30pm To alleviate large queues we ask that you arrive in good time as there are bag searches in place. Where possible please bring small bags with you. Tina Turner fans should get ready to party as the smash hit touring show What’s Love Got To Do With It? is heading out on the second year of its massive UK tour.What’s Love Got To Do With It? is a joyous show celebrating the music of the incredible Tina Turner. Launched in 2019, the show has been selling out theatres in towns and cities across the UK. Now, as part of the 2020 tour, What’s Love Got To Do With It? is set to wow fans when it heads to The Alban Arena!Brought to you by the award-winning producers behind the hugely successful Whitney – Queen Of The Night, What’s Love Got To Do With It? is the ultimate tribute concert paying homage to one of the most iconic and much loved musical artists of the 20th Century.In this smash hit touring theatre show, audiences can expect a night of high energy, feel-good rock-and-roll featuring Tina’s greatest hits performed by the amazing vocal talent of Elesha Paul Moses (Whitney – Queen Of The Night, The Voice, X Factor) supported by a full live band. To alleviate large queues we ask that you arrive in good time as there are bag searches in place. Where possible please bring small bags with you. Book Tickets

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  • 7:30 PM

    Front Doors Open: 6.30pm Auditorium: 7.00pm Show Starts: 7.30pm To alleviate large queues we ask that you arrive in good time as there are bag searches in place. Where possible please bring small bags with you. Horizons. A 2021 Space Odyssey with Professor Brian Cox and Robin InceHaving set two Guinness World Records with his previous sell-out World Tour, Professor Brian Cox is warming up a brand-new show for 2021. Horizons takes audiences on a dazzling cinematic journey; a story of how we came to be and what we can become. Venues will be filled with images of far-away galaxies, alien worlds, supermassive black holes and a time before the Big Bang. What is the nature of space and time? Why does the Universe exist? How did life begin, how rare might it be and what is the significance of life in the Cosmos? What does it mean to live a small, finite life in a vast, eternal Universe? The deepest of questions will be explored using the latest advances in our understanding of quantum theory, black holes, biology, planetary science, astronomy and cosmology. Horizons is a celebration of our civilization, of our music, art, philosophy and science; an optimistic vision of our future if we continue to explore Nature with humility and to value ourselves and our fellow human beings. Brian will once again be joined by co-host of The Infinite Monkey Cage and award-winning comedian Robin Ince, perhaps the only collection of sentient atoms in the observable Universe capable of overseeing a Q&A with an audience of 10,000 people whilst wearing an old cardigan. ‘A Jaw-dropping reminder that human life is both irrelevant and hugely precious.’ **** The Guardian To alleviate large queues we ask that you arrive in good time as there are bag searches in place. Where possible please bring small bags with you. Book Tickets

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Overview

  • Dates and times: Open Mon-Sat 10.30am-8pm. Open until 6pm on non-performance days.
  • Hire information: Contact venue for hire information.

Address and Contact info

  • Address: Civic Centre
  • Town: St Albans
  • County: Herts
  • Postcode: AL1 3LD

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Reviews

Armstrong and Miller, Alban Arena, 20 November 2010 - review by herts critic
If you’re not the parent of a tweeny, or if you don’t like middle of the road music or dance, it’s probably only the comedy line-up that would bring you to The Alban Arena. Among the many top comic names, Armstrong and Miller are arguably the most celebrated to stop in as part of their national tour. 

It’s their two most recognised characters who open the show, the two World War II airmen, parachuting into the Arena. It’s always tricky to explain comedy but the twist in this sketch is that the airmen speak with 1940’s Queen’s English accents, but their language is... like, that of young chavs? Many of the favourites from the series make an appearance: the pair of musicians whose songs are unexpectedly crude, the TV historian who inevitably destroys a ‘quite literally priceless’ piece of antiquity, the husband who returns home early but fails to realise despite blatant evidence that his wife is having an affair with his boss and best friend, and the regency dancers whose flirtation becomes extremely explicit.  

The most successful sketches involved audience participation: including the pair of female organic stallholders who instigate a food fight, the dentist whose outrageous conversation can’t be stopped by his patient, and Jim whose wife has jilted him on their wedding day. Arguably the best sketch was that of the apologising children’s TV presenters, who have ‘let down’ their audience and have to explain in age-appropriate language their exceedingly adult late-night capers, much of which have clearly made the press. There were only a few spots that didn’t quite hit the target: the neanderthal song about language development was difficult to follow, the vampires appearing at a get fit session slowed the pace, and the odd shoehorning in of local references to please the St Albans audience was a little lame. 

Armstrong and Miller are fine comic actors, and one wonders whether, especially with a live audience, they have played the show a little safe – could they push the subject matters a little more, or demonstrate the broad range of their talents with some darker or more challenging material? Nevertheless, they do offer an excellent evening’s entertainment. The pace never slackens, and they are consummate performers. And in any case, this reviewer is glad to be anonymous, just in case Armstrong’s character may pretend to be friendly, and then turn to his intercom and utter “KILL HIM!” Verdict: King of Herts (4 out of 5)

26 Nov 10
2010-11-26T11:16:57.0000000+00:00
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fair play - review by rnk

OK so it's a bit sixties on the outside, and a bit schoolhall on the inside, but they do get some good acts in, now and again. [Nov 09]

12 Nov 09
2009-11-12T20:42:18.0000000+00:00
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WOW! - review by freake1

My GF and I came to the Ice Show and it was awesome! When are they coming back! [Jun 09]

05 Jun 09
2009-06-05T12:29:34.0000000+01:00
4
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Not for drinkers - review by richard8

The Arena is only a place for a drink in desperate emergencies - maybe at half time in a show. Limited choice and slow service. Need I say more? [Apr 09]

15 Apr 09
2009-04-15T14:06:08.0000000+01:00
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