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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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  • Sun 27 May - Lee Nelson

    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. Age Recommendation: PG All profits from the show will be going to Lee. “In this sort of form Nelson is irresistible… there aren’t many better comedians to turn to” The Telegraph “Comedy legend” The Sun “Unfunny pillock” The Deputy Prime Minister* “You Should Be Ashamed Of Yourself” Sepp Blatter *Damien Green has since been sacked over a computer porn cover up. Who’s the pillock now?**Blatter has since been sacked after a massive corruption scandal. Who’s ashamed now? 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.Due to huge demand, Lee is extending his smash hit tour for a second (and final) time, adding an extra 30 dates to his huge 150 show run. You’ve seen him sneaking into places he shouldn’t be, now come and see him where he most definitely should be: live on stage with his sensational Serious Joker Tour. All profits from the show will be going to Lee. Book Tickets

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  • 6:30 PM

    Lights, Camera… Ballroom. Pasha Kovalev (from “BBC TV’s Strictly Come Dancing”) returns with his brand new show “The Magic of Hollywood”. This amazing new show will be jam packed with sequins, glitz and glamour as Pasha takes to the stage with his sensational dancers as they perform “Oscar worthy performances” all set to a Hollywood theme… it promises to be a night, not to be missed! Book Tickets

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  • Tue 29 May - The Magic of Hollywood – Pasha Kovalev & Anya Garnis

    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 Magic Of Hollywood’ – Pasha Kovalev and Anya GarnisLights, Camera…. Ballroom!Pasha Kovalev winner of Strictly Come Dancing 2014, returns with his BRAND NEW new show ‘The Magic of Hollywood’.This amazing new show, created by Pasha and his long time dance partner Anya Garnis, will be jam packed with sequins, glitz and glamour as Pasha takes to the stage with his sensational dancers and they perform ‘Oscar worthy performances’ all set to a Hollywood theme… A night for all the family and not to be missed!Pasha arrived in the UK in 2011 as one of the professionals on STRICTLY COME DANCING. His first celebrity partner was Chelsee Healey and they became the nation’s favorites when they were runners up to the coveted title. In following years Pasha was partnered with celebrities including Kimberley Walsh, Rachel Riley, Naga Munchetty, Carol Kirkwood, Chizzy Akudolu and of course winning a Strictly Trophy in 2014 with television presenter Caroline Flack.After the huge success of his tours ‘Life Through Dance’, ‘It’s All About You’ and ‘Let’s Dance The Night Away’ over the last few years, Pasha will be joined again by his spectacular dancers in an evening of LIVE SINGING, DANCE, HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR AND FUN.In every theatre, Pasha invites a local dance school to perform on stage with him. An incredible opportunity to showcase amazing young talented dancers as a part of Pasha’s new show.It’s a dazzling, sensational, stunning, unforgettable, unique, uplifting and interactive show which will entertain audiences of all ages. A perfect night out for fans of Pasha, Dance, Ballroom, Hollywood…. and of course Strictly Come Dancing. 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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  • 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. Celebrating his 50th year of touring professionally, Legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame E Street Band Member and solo artist Nils Lofgren makes his first return to the UK in three years for a 15 city tour, accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Greg Varlotta. The UK has become his most frequent touring stop outside of the U.S. for half a century. Drawing from an expansive repertoire of a lifetime in Rock and Roll, and sharing many memorable stories along the way, Nils will pick up on the magical experience of his last critically acclaimed UK run. Nils and Greg will use a multitude of instruments to add colour and depth to these new shows. Nils, along with his lovely wife Amy, plan as always to spend time visiting with fans after the performance concludes, in what has become the “show after the show”. They always ask the venues to keep the pub open afterwards, too! Nils says “I’ve never felt more welcome or at home touring than in the UK. I’m honoured and grateful to celebrate my 50th year on the road there with Amy, Greg and our great UK crew, for an inspired night of music and friends. We love the UK audiences. Please come join us!” 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 31 May - That’ll Be The Day

    7:30 PM

    Front Doors Open: 6.30pm Auditorium: 7pm 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 UK’s premier Rock & Roll production That’ll Be The Day returns with another brand new show!Highly acclaimed for its stunning LIVE entertainment value, That’ll Be The Day is an outstanding celebration for all true fans of the golden era of popular music.This latest production features a fantastic new line-up of smash hits spanning the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s, plus more side-splitting comic sketches, all performed live on stage!Prepare for an unforgettable night of nostalgia, laughs and ROCK ‘N’ ROLL! ‘The Best Rock & Roll Show on the Road!’ – Time Outwww.thatllbetheday.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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  • 7:30 PM

    LEGENDARY VOICE OF THE MOODY BLUES Plus special guest Mike Dawes 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. Legendary singer-songwriter and voice of the Moody Blues, Justin Hayward, will be touring the UK performing songs from his recent albums as well as Moody Blues favouritesAs the driving force behind The Moody Blues, Justin penned classics like Nights in White Satin, New Horizons, Question, The Voice and Your Wildest Dreams plus his solo worldwide hit with the timeless Forever Autumn from the War of the Worlds. Justin himself said, “I’m always so thrilled to have the opportunity to tour in the UK, particularly at this time in in my career when no one knows what the future holds. I’m bringing my ‘song writing’ guitars from home on the road with me, so the gigs will have the feel and sound of my music room along with the vibe I was feeling as I wrote the songs.These dates represent a rare chance for Justin’s fans to connect with one of music’s keenest talents and to hear the music that he loves presented with a truly personal touch. 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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  • Wed 06 Jun - Brian Conley

    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 multi-talented and irrepressible Brian Conley returns to the stage with his brand new show. Featuring brand new comedy, sketches and songs alongside some of his best-known material from stage and screen. Hurry along and book to see why Brian Conley remains one of this country’s most loved entertainers.“Conley is a Legend of Stage and Screen “ – Daily Express“A consummate entertainer” – Daily Mirror 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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  • 6:00 PM

    There will be 35 limited opportunities for Meet and Greet pre show for photos and signatures. Don’t miss out on your chance to be one of those… Book Tickets

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  • Thu 07 Jun - An Audience with Liverpool Legends

    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 ultimate evening of Anfield legends hosted by one of the best sports journalists and authors in the business – Ian Ridley. Your chance to see John Barnes, Jan Molby and Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock on stage together. The evening will be full of entertainment and banter as you can well expect, so sit back and enjoy! This evening will give you a full insight into their careers, from previous clubs, to putting on the famous red jersey, to representing their national country. It will be a time to reflect on the season with personal views of the stars and with the upcoming World Cup this is a great opportunity to quiz the pro’s on potential International success.There will be 35 limited opportunities for Meet and Greet pre show for photos and signatures. Don’t miss out on your chance to be one of those…There will be audience participation so a lucky few could make it on stage! 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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  • 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. Hey people! It’s Tim Vine back on tour, telling lots of silly new jokes, showing off new homemade props, singing some new daft ditties, and all with the appearance of confidence. The following subjects will be touched upon briefly: pixie football, ice cream and nibble feeders. Come along, sit down, and laugh. The quantity won’t let up. This is comedy without a message. What an odd person. What a lot of nonsense. What else is he going to do? ‘Sunsets are in the sky, milk’s nice, and I’m an idiot.’“A symphony of silly”. THE TIMES 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 09 Jun - Boney M – The 40th Anniversary Tour

    7:30 PM

    Front Doors Open: 6.30pm Auditorium: 7pm 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. BONEY M – One of the most legendary names from the 70’s Disco Era, live in a rare show, celebrating 40 years since 1978 when they ruled the airwaves. Rivers Of Babylon became the second highest selling single of all time in the UK – Expect to hear all the multi-million selling disco classics including ’Brown Girl in the Ring’, ‘Daddy cool’, ’Rasputin’, ’Sunny’,’ Ma Baker’, ‘Belfast’, ‘Painter Man’, ’Hooray Hooray Its a Holiday’, ‘Gotta Go Home’ and many more.Featuring Maizie Williams the original and founder member, and along with Frank Farian, probably the most influential in deciding the long term line up ,since it was she that vetted the subsequent members to make sure they would all share a certain chemistry.BONEY M with more than 150 Million records sold, are one of the bestselling artists of all time, do not miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to relive the classic disco era! “One of The Premier Disco Super Groups Of All time” – TIME OUT MAGAZINE (2017) 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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  • 4:30 PM

    Front Doors Open: 3.30pm Auditorium: 4pm Show Starts: 4.30pm 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.Come and join us at The Alban Arena for a selection of songs, dances and scenes form the fantastic students at Performing Herts From sketches to cheerleading, ballet to street dance – let our talented students entertain you. Performing Herts has been offering classes in performing arts for seven years and prides itself on its modern, inclusive and fun training.   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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Review Overview

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
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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