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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 25 Apr - Spamalot

    7:45 PM

    Saturday Matinee 2.30pm Concessions: Tuesday evening, Saturday matinee – £2 off2 for 1 offer: Two seats for the price of one on all front stalls on Tuesday Evening, no other concessions apply.St Albans Musical Theatre Company, SAMTC, are now proud to present their new production of the award winning show “Spamalot”.Inspired by the classic comedy film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur along with his squire, Patsy and a selection of knights, who go on an epic quest to find the Holy Grail. This musical diverts a bit from the traditional version of the legend and instead Spamalot features a flatulent Frenchman, beautiful dancing girls and killer rabbits.SAMTC are back bringing a bit of the West End to St Albans and with their reputation for putting on great shows like Oliver, Hairspray and Sister Act. With large casts, glorious sets and sumptuous costumes they’re always worth watching. This is guaranteed to be one show that will have you laughing your socks off and always looking on the bright side of life!Monty Python’s SPAMALOTBook and lyrics by Eric Idle Music by John Du Prez & Eric IdleA new musical lovingly ripped off from the film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” From the original screenplay by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin Book Tickets

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  • 7:30 PM

    From its beginnings 31 years ago The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain has become an internationally renowned institution. The Orchestra has been invited to perform for the British Royal Family, at the Houses of Parliament, at the BBC Proms, the Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall. But the performers are still heretics poking fun at the cultural elite, defying you to believe their own hype, and be amused by all the hot air.On an on-going “hand-luggage only” world tour, the Ukes provide pure entertainment, dead-pan British humour and foot-tapping music. Always doing the unexpected, whether re-imagining folk songs, twisting classical music favourites, uncovering quirky versions of rock covers, or playing the performers’ own all-original compositions.They walk on stage with only a ukulele each, and from their formal black-tie opening, proceed to tear the house down as they wow the audience and make friends everywhere.This group, the one which started the world-wide phenomenon of the “Ukulele Orchestra” has grown from curiosity to virtuosity, from opacity to veracity,from performers to barn-stormers. This cavalcade of renegades,once undersized now idolised,has been transformed From Heresy to Heritage. Book Tickets

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  • Tue 02 May - Jimmy Carr

    8:00 PM

    The Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour Jimmy is gathering a selection of his very best jokes along with brand new material for the ultimate comedy show. A man who has devoted his life to crafting perfect jokes and has left a trail of laughter in his wake, Jimmy Carr’s new tour will distil everything we love to laugh at and be shocked by, into one incredible, unparalleled night of entertainment. Jimmy Carr has been on the stand-up scene for a decade and a half. In that time he’s performed 9 sell-out tours, playing nearly 2,000 shows to over 2 million people across 4 continents. He’s won the British Comedy Award for ‘Best Live Stand-Up Tour’ and been nominated for the Perrier Award. Now all that experience is being put to good use – you can see all the greatest material from his extraordinary career in one show – this is the very best of Jimmy Carr. Jimmy is gathering a selection of his very best jokes along with brand new material for the ultimate comedy show. A man who has devoted his life to crafting perfect jokes and has left a trail of laughter in his wake, Jimmy Carr’s new tour will distil everything we love to laugh at and be shocked by, into one incredible, unparalleled night of entertainment.Jimmy Carr has been on the stand-up scene for a decade and a half. In that time he’s performed 9 sell-out tours, playing nearly 2,000 shows to over 2 million people across 4 continents. He’s won the British Comedy Award for ‘Best Live Stand-Up Tour’ and been nominated for the Perrier Award.Now all that experience is being put to good use – you can see all the greatest material from his extraordinary career in one show – this is the very best of Jimmy Carr. Book Tickets

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  • 7:30 PM

    Over 30 years, the Solid Silver 60s Show has entertained the nation and celebrated history’s most successful decade of music.Commonly referred to as an institution on the 60s circuit, SS60s is the UK’s original and premier sixties show, bringing you classic hits performed by the original hit makers.IN 2017 we are delighted to welcome back Solid Silver 60s favourites THE MERSEYBEATS. Performing alongside them after his successful appearance on last year’s tour, we are delighted to welcome back DAVE BERRY. Completing this stellar line up, we also are thrilled to see the return of WAYNE FONTANA and VANITY FARE to the bill and are delighted to welcome back our very special guest CHRIS MONTEZ from the USA.Come on down to the Solid Silver 60s Show at The Alban Arena, see the original artists singing their greatest hits and relive some of your fondest memories of an era that will last forever. Book Tickets

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  • Thu 04 May - Reginald D Hunter

    7:30 PM

    Reginald D Hunter returns to the UK in 2017 with his highly anticipated brand new show.During the 15 years in which he has lived in the UK, Reginald’s searingly honest material has garnered him a popular fanbase that spans the generations. In the past twelve months he has appeared in a critically acclaimed tour of Ireland as well as performing across Europe. His appearances on television have included 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown and the hugely popular three-part BBC2 series Reginald D Hunter’s Songs Of The South which documented Reginald’s epic road trip from North Carolina to New Orleans through 150 years of American popular song. “REGINALD D HUNTER JOINS THE TOP RANK OF STAND-UP COMEDIANS WORKING TODAY…A COMEDIAN GOING FOR BROKE, FLYING IN THE FACE OF RECEIVED OPINION IN A WAY THAT IS SIMPLY EXHILARATING……THIS IS COMEDY OF A RARE SCOPE”  Times“STAND-UP COMEDY’S COOLEST CUSTOMER” Telegraph Book Tickets

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  • 8:00 PM

    Why pay a fortune to see ants in a stadium when for a fraction of the price you can get up close and smell the faking brilliance of the Counterfeit Stones. Their latest shakedown, SATISFiCTION promises another night of pure, unadulterated Xerox-rock. Now in their 26th year, these pie-eyed pipers continue to deliver the best Rolling Stones’ “rusical ” on the circuit. Packed with big hits, retro fashion, vintage guitars and a huge dollop of “Spinal Tap” humour, it’s SATIS-FiCTION guaranteed. So “Come On” all you Honky Tonks and Get Yer Doo Dahs Out !IT’S PHONEY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL AND YOU’LL LIKE IT!“The most famous Stones band in England”… SIR MICK JAGGER“They’re hilarious”… JERRY HALL“Four out of five stars”… THE TIMES“Your contribution was much remarked upon”… BUCKINGHAM PALACE“Better than the originals”… THE GUARDIAN“They brought back my youth”… SIR TIM RICE Book Tickets

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  • Tue 09 May - The First Hippo on the Moon

    1:30 PM

    From Number One bestselling Children’s author David Walliams comes an explosively funny space adventure for children of 3 and up. Two big hippos. One ENORMOUS dream. Who can make it to the moon first? 3 …2 …1 …BLAST OFF!David Walliams has taken the literary world by storm and his brilliantly funny stories are adored by children the world over! He has achieved unprecedented critical acclaim and quickly developed a reputation as a natural successor to Roald Dahl. His books have been translated into over 45 languages and sold over 9.5 million copies in the UK alone.The creative team have worked on such hit shows such as Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, The Nationals’ Elephantom, Warhorse and Raymond Briggs’ The Bear.Les Petits was set up as the sister company to ‘razor sharp theatre group’ (The Telegraph) Les Enfants Terribles whose work includes The Trench, The Vaudevillains and Alice’s Adventures Underground. Book Tickets

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  • 8:00 PM

    Join Rich and his virtuoso musical mates for a mash-up of music, comedy and gratuitous coloration featuring the very best of comedy and music. Performing will be Rich’s regular band of talented and chronically unemployable urchins. The floor will reek of liquor and spent dreams.Rich Hall’s critically acclaimed grouchy, deadpan style has established him as a master of absurdist irony and the king of rapid-fire wit. He has also become well known for his television and radio work. Notable UK appearances include regular appearances on Very British Problems (Channel 4), ‘Stand Up For The Week’ (Channel 4), ‘QI’ (BBC1/2), ‘Live At The Apollo’ (BBC1), ‘Channel 4’s Comedy Gala Live At The O2’, ‘Have I Got News For You’ (BBC1), ‘Rich Hall’s Cattle Drive’ (BBC4), ‘Rich Hall’s Gone Fishing’ (BBC4), ‘Otis Lee Crenshaw – London Not Tennessee’ (BBC2), and ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’ (BBC2). ‘Immaculate wordplay imbued with a genuine passion for the songwriter’s craft.’
★★★★ Times“Hall’s genius, on the spot lyrical rhyming is raucously entertaining and very clever” – Spears magazine“quite simply brilliant musical comedy” **** – London is Funny Book Tickets

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  • Fri 12 May - Richard Herring – The Best

    8:00 PM

      Richard Herring, King of the Edinburgh Fringe, Metro columnist and the UK’s Podfather (RHLSTP, AIOTM) picks his favourite routines from his 12 one-man shows and crams them into 90 minutes for your delectation. From his deconstruction of the genealogy of Christ to him proving that racists are less racist than liberals, via some of the best knob jokes in the business. Will your favourite routine make the cut? A great introduction to this influential cult comedian for the newcomer and a welcome greatest hits for long term fans. “A gloriously infantile delight in mischief, provocation and inspired rudeness” The Guardian  Richard Herring, King of the Edinburgh Fringe, Metro columnist and the UK’s Podfather (RHLSTP, AIOTM) picks his favourite routines from his 12 one-man shows and crams them into 90 minutes for your delectation.From his deconstruction of the genealogy of Christ to him proving that racists are less racist than liberals, via some of the best knob jokes in the business. Will your favourite routine make the cut?A great introduction to this influential cult comedian for the newcomer and a welcome greatest hits for long term fans.“A gloriously infantile delight in mischief, provocation and inspired rudeness” The Guardian Book Tickets

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  • 7:30 PM

    Feat. classics from the Specials, Bad Manners and Madness 2-Tone took the British music charts by storm in 1979, and for a short, but incredibly exciting period, turned the country into a sea of black and white check. The seven young men at the heart of this musical revolution were the Specials, a band which created a blend of musical genres, mixing punk and Jamaican ska, producing an energy not seen on stage before. The Specials led the way for other bands that joined the 2-Tone movement such as The Selecter, Madness, the Beat, and the Bodysnatchers.Bad Manners were not so much about politics, but all about dance! Whilst not part of the 2-Tone label, their infectious ska tunes were perfect for the music of the time. They were led by their iconic lead singer, Buster Bloodvessel. Hot and sweaty in his oversized jump suit and his huge tongue seemingly permanently out, Bad Manners soon built up a massive following.Madness have been a favourite band of the British public ever since their early days as part of the 2-Tone movement. Although they moved away from 2-Tone for their 2nd album, they are still loved by rude boys and rude girls across the UK. Their ‘nutty’ sense of humour and their longevity as a band has won them a place in the hearts of many. Oh, and their incredible knack of producing memorable songs time after time.The 2-Tone Tribute Tour was formed to bring back that fantastic moment in time for a generation who lived through it. It’s all about the look, the attitude and, of course, the dancing!These iconic bands will be represented by London-based Special Kinda Madness, who play as the Specials and Madness, and The Special Brew from Cardiff who perform as Bad Manners. Two top tribute bands who tour nationally.So dust down your pork pie hats, and put on your Fred Perry, your Harrington, your DMs or your loafers. Because you’re on for a BIG night out. Three and a half hours of live 2-Tone and ska music from your favourite bands. Let’s relive 1979 all over again!Tributes to the Specials, Bad Manners and Madness, all on one stage.3 Bands … 2-Tone … 1 Fantastic Night! Book Tickets

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  • Sun 14 May - Legend of a Band

    7:30 PM

    Great musicianship, acute attention to detail and distinctive harmonies are synonymous with The Moody Blues. Legend Of A Band – a Tribute to The Moody Blues, faithfully re-creates the essence of what makes The Moody Blues unforgettable. Drummer Gordy Marshall (The Moody Blues, The War of the Worlds) presents an elite group of singers and musicians, that together bring to life the iconic music of the “Greatest Classic Rock Band of a Generation”. These world-class musicians, singers and songwriters offer a new and exciting show celebrating timeless classics like Tuesday Afternoon, I Know You’re Out There Somewhere, Legend of a Mind and the unforgettable Nights In White Satin. Legend Of A Band – A Moody Blues Legacy. Great musicianship, acute attention to detail and distinctive harmonies are synonymous with The Moody Blues. Legend Of A Band – a Tribute to The Moody Blues, faithfully re-creates the essence of what makes The Moody Blues unforgettable.Drummer Gordy Marshall (The Moody Blues, The War of the Worlds) presents an elite group of singers and musicians, that together bring to life the iconic music of the “Greatest Classic Rock Band of a Generation”.These world-class musicians, singers and songwriters offer a new and exciting show celebrating timeless classics like Tuesday Afternoon, I Know You’re Out There Somewhere, Legend of a Mind and the unforgettable Nights In White Satin.Legend Of A Band – A Moody Blues Legacy. Book Tickets

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  • 8:00 PM

    Shakin’ Stevens is to embark on his biggest ever UK tour visiting 34 cities and towns across England, Scotland and Wales in 2017.The announcement comes just days after Stevens released his critically acclaimed 12th studio album, ‘Echoes Of Our Times’.With 33 hit singles and four UK No.1s to his name, the Platinum-selling Artist will be performing new tracks from ‘Echoes Of Our Times’, along with a selection of classic hits, and a few surprises.The Echoes Of Our Times tour will see Stevens unveil another side to his talents as an artist, songwriter and storyteller. Detailing stories from his intriguing family history, Stevens has created a remarkable musical tribute to his once mysterious past.‘Echoes Of Our Times’ blends blues, roots, Americana and classic rock.Age Restriction: No under 14s 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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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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