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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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  • Fri 17 May - The Dreamboys

    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. Stalls:Rows D to G = £27.50Rows H to P = £24.50 Circle:Rows AA to BB = £24.50All Other Seats = £21.50The Dreamboys, the UK’s most famous girls night out, are back and hotter than ever with a brand new show and UK tour for 2019. The Dreamboys are without a shadow of a doubt the UK’s most famous and successful show of its kind in history. Their breath taking show spectacular has been perfectly created for hen nights, birthday parties and girls nights out with all your friends. With special guest appearances on some of the UK’s biggest TV shows such as The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Celebrity Big Brother, Loose Women, This Morning, Geordie Shore and The Only Way Is Essex, plus massive sold out Worldwide tours, it’s no wonder The Dreamboys are the only show of its kind in history to have celebrity status.If you’re looking for the very best girls night out in the UK, look no further than these incredible hunks. An action packed 2 hour show from start to finish, these boys will literally have you begging for 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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  • 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. Both critics and fans agree that Roy G Hemmings is a great showman and dynamic singer. Understood as the longest serving former member of legendary group, The Drifters, Roy had worked alongside founder Johnny Moore for more than 10 years.He has entertained audiences around the world with his easy, relaxed style and fabulous voice in a career that spans four decades and includes appearances in several Royal Variety shows and twice at The White House for the then president Bill Clinton.As a highly respected artiste and singer he has a distinguished track record of fine stagecraft. Roy enjoyed major success when he signed a recording deal with Magnet Records in the mid- seventies with the J.A.L.N. Band, one of the first bands to storm the British charts with the dance record, ‘Disco Music, I Like It’ produced by Pete Waterman. Roy’s second solo album, ‘All Talked Out’ which includes a fine version of ‘The Drifters’ classic, ‘Like Sister and Brother’.Roy is currently touring with his “Hits Of Motown Show” and ‘The Dictionary Of Soul’ show’. Both shows feature “The Love Supremes” with they smooth harmonies and slick dance routines, add a stunning dimension to the shows.‘Roy G Hemmings Motown Show also feature songs by the DRIFTERS.This Show feature some of the classic hits Motown, by The Supremes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Lionel Ritchie to name but a few. This electrifying show features such classic hits as ‘Stop In The Name Of Love’ ‘Dancing In The Street’, ‘I Can’t Help Myself’, ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’,’My Girl ‘Reach Out I’ll Be There’ and 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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  • Thu 27 Jun - Genesis Connected

    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. Genesis Connected is a UK tribute show celebrating the music of Genesis and the biggest selling acts connected: Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins and Mike & the Mechanics.This show has an incredible mix of material, from atmospheric anthems to Chart toppers that will get the crowd dancing in the aisles. Hits spanning from the late 70’s onwards including; Turn It On Again, Slegdehammer, In The Air Tonight, Over My Shoulder, Against All Odds, That’s All, Solsbury Hill, You Can’t Hurry Love, The Living Years and many more…The frontman, Pete Bultitude, is not only an incredibly versatile vocalist, he is also a truly gifted drummer just like Phil Collins, So expect the show to include the iconic “double drums” element as featured on every Genesis and Phil Collins tour.​ 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. Like a sheet of lightning, the pulsating rhythms, pure energy and melodic music, in the Rhythm of the Dance show, has hit 50 countries around the world with audience figures of over 7 million fans during the past 20 years. Now in 2018 this global toe-tapping success continues from China to South America and from sunny Spain to snowy Siberia. Fans everywhere are enjoying 2,000 years, and more, of dance, music, songs and culture from pre-Celtic times to modern day sounds all compacted into a 2 hour concert. It’s full of flailing feet and fiddles, futuristic dances, eye catching costumes, sensational sound effects and is now one of the top 3 Irish step dance shows in the world. Apart from having World and Irish champion dancers; this show also has some of the finest Traditional musicians plus singers who are a big hit everywhere. Perhaps it’s the combination of having the crème de la crème of live performers, intertwined with the latest technology, that takes the audiences on an exhilarating and exciting, energy packed 2 hour trip through the ages and makes it so successful. 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 29 Jun - D-Day 75th Anniversary Concert

    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. Adoramus Choir return to the Alban Arena with a concert to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. The concert will be introduced by the RAF Chaplain, Wing Commander Revd. Ian Brown who will lend his insights to the occasion and Adoramus will be joined by the Beniaminek Polish Children’s Choir and the Pope Paul Catholic Primary School Choir. For this concert Adoramus is working with the Imperial War Museum D-Day 75 partnerships scheme and there will be an opportunity to financially support the work of The Royal British Legion. 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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  • 2:00 PM

      Front Doors Open: 1pm Auditorium: 1.30pm Show Starts: 2pm 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. Join Neil Sands for his biggest ever matinee show as he takes you for a Sentimental Journey back through The fabulous 40’s, The Rocking 50’s, The Swinging 60’s and The Sensational 70’s. This brand new production for 2019 is guaranteed to have you singing along from start to finish with over 60 all time favourite songs that have been the time lines of our lives, bringing back so many happy memories of golden days past, and celebrates the 75th anniversary of D-Day in a flag waving finale paying tribute to the veterans of the armed forces. This feel good afternoon is mixed with stunning voices, dazzling costumes, tons of good old fashioned fun, and a truly unique atmosphere that will brighten any day.  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.Join Neil Sands for his biggest ever matinee show as he takes you for a Sentimental Journey back through The fabulous 40’s, The Rocking 50’s, The Swinging 60’s and The Sensational 70’s.This brand new production for 2019 is guaranteed to have you singing along from start to finish with over 60 all time favourite songs that have been the time lines of our lives, bringing back so many happy memories of golden days past, and celebrates the 75th anniversary of D-Day in a flag waving finale paying tribute to the veterans of the armed forces.This feel good afternoon is mixed with stunning voices, dazzling costumes, tons of good old fashioned fun, and a truly unique atmosphere that will brighten any day. Book Tickets

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  • Thu 04 Jul - St Swithuns The Musical

    7:30 PM

    ‘Matilda meets St Trinians’ 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.St Swithuns will be a youth production & RARE Productions is a youth musical theatre groupEast End Gangsters commit the crime of the century and hide their loot in a disused stately home – Hensley Grange. Meanwhile the girls of Britains most notorious public school -‘St Swithun’s’ are given a final chance to reform by being sent to the selfsame – Hensley Grange.The robbers decide to return to claim their loot while the girls are holding a school fundraising afternoon. When these two ‘Not So Different’ worlds collide trouble naturally follows but who will triumph in the end ?Show review;A rollercoaster of fun and laughs, it comprises a great selection of back catalogue classics such as ‘Be my Baby’ and ‘Sweet Talking Guy’ to wonderful Rock n Roll standards like ‘Great Balls of Fire’ and ‘Johnny B Goode’. Songs apart, the script contains a brilliant selection of major and minor character parts. The battle axe head mistress, East End Gangsters, the shy girls of the upper sixth, and many classic cameo roles to really get your teeth into. A must for all lovers of musical theatre and rock n roll. Show times;Act one 55minsInterval 20minsAct two 45mins Book Tickets

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  • 2:00 PM

    CLICK HERE FOR THE REGISTRATION FORMWE’RE ON THE SEARCH FOR LOCAL YOUNG TALENT!The Alban Arena, in partnership with Evolution Productions are looking for girls to be part of the Juvenile Ensemble for their spectacular pantomime, SLEEPING BEAUTY!Registration will take place at 2PM on 7/7/2019 at The Alban Arena.You don’t need to prepare anything – you’ll be taught a routine on the day.Come wearing comfortable clothes and soft/dance shoes. We advise that you bring some water, but no other food or drink.Pantomime is a team effort, and we will require full commitment for the rehearsal period and the full run of the production: 24 NOV – 5 JAN 2020.Please see the auditions page at www.evolution-productions.co.uk for more information. Book Tickets

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  • Sat 13 Jul - Elevation: Stella Mann College Summer Show

    2:30 PM

    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.Stella Mann College of Performing Arts presents their Summer Show – Elevation. A vibrant, dynamic, exciting production of diverse dance from contemporary to jazz, tap to commercial, musical theatre and much more. Choreographed by experienced tutors drawn from West End performers. Book Tickets

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  • 10:00 AM

    Event Time: 10am to 4:30pm Adult or Teen – £10Child (12 & Under) – £5Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) – £25Carers (Carer & Person) – £10*St Albans Comic-Con returns for its second year in 2019!We are thrilled to be hosting this year’s event at our new home in the fabulous & historic Alban Arena in St Albans town centre! We also have a new date but you can be assured that you still experience all the fun and excitement enjoyed by all at last year’s inaugural show. A fresh new line-up of Guests from Film & TV will be on hand as well as a new set of artists in our Artists Alley from your favourite Comics. Other attractions & activities will include Memorabilia & Specialist Traders, a Gaming Zone, Movie PropsVehicles & our fantastic Cosplay Zone & competition as well as a few other surprises that we will hold onto for now.We are a Family Friendly event with no age restrictions and entry will begin at 10am. We look forward to seeing you there!http:www.creedconventions.com 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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  • Mon 15 Jul - Carole King Songbook

    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 Carole King Songbook is a timeless classic revue show with music recognised by all ages. Featuring hits such as Beautiful, He’s Sure The Boy I love, You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman, Take Good Care Of My Baby, Up On The Roof, You’ve Got A Friend, One Fine Day, The Locomotion and many more hits, this show takes the audience on a 2 hour adventure into the world of Carole King, 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: 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. Jimmy’s brand new show contains jokes about all kinds of terrible things.  Terrible things that might have affected you or people you know and love. But they’re just jokes – they are not the terrible things.  Having political correctness at a comedy show is like having health and safety at a rodeo. Now you’ve been warned, buy a ticket. jimmycarr.com | @jimmycarr | IG: jimmycarrNot suitable for under 16s 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
4
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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
3
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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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