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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 04 Feb - Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny

    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. 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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  • 11:00 AM

    11.00am – 4pm Free Admission The Hertfordshire Wedding Fair, St Albans is Hertfordshire’s premier wedding fair and is the oldest county wedding fair. Whether you are looking for the latest wedding gift ideas or a beautiful wedding venue from around Hertfordshire or beyond, this is the wedding fair to visit for inspiration. The wedding fair hosts over 70 quality exhibitors and includes some of the oldest and best known wedding companies in the region. There are two professional fashion shows at 12.30pm and 2.30pm featuring dresses from a number of bridal shops both in Hertfordshire and further afield, in addition you can view the latest menswear on the catwalk. For family members you will also see bridesmaid dresses and the latest collections for mother of the bride or mother of the groom. We hope that you will enjoy the surprise live entertainment which in the past has included everything from a string quartet to a comedian, even a brass band. The wedding fair is set in the beautiful cathedral city of St Albans, admission is free of charge for the entire bridal party and there is plenty of parking nearby. Open from 11.00am – 4.00pm and visited by over 500 brides each year this is certainly a wedding fair not too be missed. We look forward to meeting you. Book Tickets

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  • Mon 24 Feb - Rhod Gilbert – The Book Of John

    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. Blue Jeans Management Proudly Presents…It has been a while, but the multi-award-winning Welsh comedian is back, with a brand new live show. In a seven year break from stand-up, a lot has happened to Rhod. Almost all of it st.   And just when he thought he’d hit rock bottom, he met a bloke…called John.
This show sees Rhod as funny as ever, but like never before. Raw, personal and brutally honest; no more lies, no more nonsense.Tour extended due to phenomenal demand. As seen on ‘Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience’, ‘’Would I Lie to You?’, ‘Taskmaster’, ‘Qi’, ‘The Apprentice: You’re Fired’, ‘Live at The Apollo’, ‘Have I Got News for You?’, and much more…“DARKLY HILARIOUS. GILBERT’S MOST SATISFYING SHOW FOR A DECADE. IT’S GOOD TO HAVE HIM BACK” Times“VOLCANIC, HIGH OCTANE HUMOUR. UPROARIOUSLY FUNNY” Guardian “BRITAIN’S CROSSEST COMIC ROARS BACK IN STYLE. HILARIOUS TOUR-DE-FORCE” 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. Book Tickets

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  • 1:30 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. Two young British soldiers during the First World War are given an impossible mission: deliver a message deep in enemy territory that will stop 1,600 men, and one of the soldiers’ brothers, from walking straight into a deadly trap.  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.Two young British soldiers during the First World War are given an impossible mission: deliver a message deep in enemy territory that will stop 1,600 men, and one of the soldiers’ brothers, from walking straight into a deadly trap. Book Tickets

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  • Wed 26 Feb - Ed Byrne: If I’m Honest…

    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. Join Ed as he takes a long hard look at himself and tries to decide if he has ANY traits that are worth passing on to his children. Ed Byrne presents his brand-new masterclass in observational comedy hot on the heels of his 17/18 Touring hit, Spoiler Alert! A TV household name, in the past year Ed has appeared on Live At The Apollo (Host, BBC), Mock The Week (BBC), The Pilgrimage (BBC), Top Gear (BBC) and QI (BBC). www.edbyrne.com / TWITTER @MrEdByrne Praise For The Last Tour: ✭✭✭✭✭ “A one-hour tour de force performance from the master comedian” BROADWAYBABY ✭✭✭✭✭ “Hysterical…..a must see show. My face hurts from laughing so much!” The Student Newspaper ✭✭✭✭✭ “The hour is self-deprecating, never self-indulgent, and his packed audience are well entertained” SUNDAY EXPRESS ✭✭✭✭✭ “Expert stand up from the brilliant Ed Byrne” FRINGE BISCUIT ✭✭✭✭ “Thoroughly entertaining… he is a total pro and terrific company” THE TIMES ✭✭✭✭ “There is a reason why he has become a household name” ED FEST MAG 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 Ed as he takes a long hard look at himself and tries to decide if he has ANY traits that are worth passing on to his children.Ed Byrne presents his brand-new masterclass in observational comedy hot on the heels of his 17/18 Touring hit, Spoiler Alert!A TV household name, in the past year Ed has appeared on Live At The Apollo (Host, BBC), Mock The Week (BBC), The Pilgrimage (BBC), Top Gear (BBC) and QI (BBC).www.edbyrne.com / TWITTER @MrEdByrnePraise For The Last Tour: ✭✭✭✭✭ “A one-hour tour de force performance from the master comedian” BROADWAYBABY✭✭✭✭✭ “Hysterical…..a must see show. My face hurts from laughing so much!” The Student Newspaper✭✭✭✭✭ “The hour is self-deprecating, never self-indulgent, and his packed audience are well entertained” SUNDAY EXPRESS✭✭✭✭✭ “Expert stand up from the brilliant Ed Byrne” FRINGE BISCUIT✭✭✭✭ “Thoroughly entertaining… he is a total pro and terrific company” THE TIMES✭✭✭✭ “There is a reason why he has become a household name” ED FEST MAG 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. CALIFORNIA DREAMING FEATURING THE GREATEST HITS FROM THE FLOWER POWER ERA WITH THE MUSIC OF THE MAMAS AND PAPAS AND MORE The Mamas and Papas, one of the super groups from the Golden age of the Flower Power Era in the 60’s. They brought us smash hits like “Monday Monday”, “Creeque Ally”, “Dedicated To The One I Love”, “I Saw Her Again Last Night” “California Dreaming”, just to name a few. This show will instantly transport you back to one of the most iconic periods of the Sixties. The Flower Power Era where Peace, Love & Psychedelia Flowed freely to the great music of Scott McKenzie, The Flowerpot Men, Barry McGuire, The Lemon Pipers, The Turtles, Sonny & Cher, The Beatles and many many more. Don’t miss this opportunity to relive the summer of love in one great 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.The Mamas and Papas, one of the super groups from the Golden age of the Flower Power Era in the 60’s.They brought us smash hits like “Monday Monday”, “Creeque Ally”, “Dedicated To The One I Love”, “I Saw Her Again Last Night” “California Dreaming”, just to name a few.This show will instantly transport you back to one of the most iconic periods of the Sixties. The Flower Power Era where Peace, Love & Psychedelia Flowed freely to the great music of Scott McKenzie, The Flowerpot Men, Barry McGuire, The Lemon Pipers, The Turtles, Sonny & Cher, The Beatles and many many more.Don’t miss this opportunity to relive the summer of love in one great show. Book Tickets

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  • Fri 28 Feb - Joe Cocker Show

    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. We remember Joe Cocker An evening dedicated to celebrating 50 years of one of rock’s most iconic voices. Raspy, resonant and rhythmical, Paul Cox leads a moving tribute to Joe Cocker’s soulful sound. Let the charismatic voice of the British Blues Awards nominee reignite the illustrious career of the formidable Mr. Cocker in your ears. Promising an emotive performance Paul effortlessly captures Cocker’s confidence, charisma and distinctive body movements in a soulful interpretation on stage. Featuring your favourite numbers from Mad Dogs and Englishmen to paying homage to those wild Woodstock classics. Here are just a few of the classics included on the night: ‘Up Where We Belong’ ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’ ‘Cry Me A River’ ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ This sensational show reimagines Cocker’s majestic presence, musical talent and hypnotic sound with nothing but respect and love for one man from Sheffield and his soul music.  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.An evening dedicated to celebrating 50 years of one of rock’s most iconic voices. Raspy, resonant and rhythmical, Paul Cox leads a moving tribute to Joe Cocker’s soulful sound. Let the charismatic voice of the British Blues Awards nominee reignite the illustrious career of the formidable Mr. Cocker in your ears. Promising an emotive performance Paul effortlessly captures Cocker’s confidence, charisma and distinctive body movements in a soulful interpretation on stage.Featuring your favourite numbers from Mad Dogs and Englishmen to paying homage to those wild Woodstock classics.Here are just a few of the classics included on the night: ‘Up Where We Belong’ ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’ ‘Cry Me A River’ ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’This sensational show reimagines Cocker’s majestic presence, musical talent and hypnotic sound with nothing but respect and love for one man from Sheffield and his soul music. 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 biggest names in stand-up, live in St Albans. Join us for our hilarious celebration of the biggest and best comedians on the UK circuit. Live at the Alban Arena is your chance to see TV comedy stars you know and love, alongside discovering some new favourites destined to become stars of the future. First up, we’ve got Reginald D Hunter. No stranger to the St Albans crowd, the US-born/UK-based funnyman recently completed a mammoth tour, Facing the Beast, and is well-known for his TV appearances on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, QI and Have I Got News For You? Not to mention his hugely popular Songs of the South and Songs of the Border BBC2 series. We’ve also got Seann Walsh, who will be a familiar face to many after regular TV appearances, including an appearance on Strictly. A natural motor-mouth, hailing from Brighton, he became the winner of the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year prize within two years of his first performance. Shortly after, other accolades included Chortle Best Breakthrough Act Nominee 2010 and Chortle Best Compere Nominee 2011. Hosting the evening, we’ve got Mock The Week’s Angela Barnes, plus two fantastic up-and-coming acts, Sara Barron and Tom Ward. Three great names that you’re sure to be hearing more and more of in the coming months! So join us for our hilarious celebration of the biggest and best comedians on the UK circuit. Book your seats today for our very own night of fantastically funny stand-up! 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 biggest names in stand-up, live in St Albans.Join us for our hilarious celebration of the biggest and best comedians on the UK circuit.Live at the Alban Arena is your chance to see TV comedy stars you know and love, alongside discovering some new favourites destined to become stars of the future.First up, we’ve got Reginald D Hunter. No stranger to the St Albans crowd, the US-born/UK-based funnyman recently completed a mammoth tour, Facing the Beast, and is well-known for his TV appearances on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, QI and Have I Got News For You? Not to mention his hugely popular Songs of the South and Songs of the Border BBC2 series.We’ve also got Seann Walsh, who will be a familiar face to many after regular TV appearances, including an appearance on Strictly. A natural motor-mouth, hailing from Brighton, he became the winner of the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year prize within two years of his first performance. Shortly after, other accolades included Chortle Best Breakthrough Act Nominee 2010 and Chortle Best Compere Nominee 2011.Hosting the evening, we’ve got Mock The Week’s Angela Barnes, plus two fantastic up-and-coming acts, Sara Barron and Tom Ward. Three great names that you’re sure to be hearing more and more of in the coming months!So join us for our hilarious celebration of the biggest and best comedians on the UK circuit. Book your seats today for our very own night of fantastically funny stand-up! Book Tickets

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  • Sun 01 Mar - Brilliant Arts Theatre Auditions

    10:00 AM

    7 – 12 Year Olds – 10:30am to 12:00pm (registration from 10:00am) 13 – 15 Years olds – 12:30pm to 3:00pm (registration from 12:00pm) 16 – 25 year olds – 3:30pm to 6:00pm (registration from 3:00pm) The Alban Arena and Brilliant Theatre Arts bring another epic production for your child to be a part of in Summer 2020. After the sold out production of Grease, Beauty and The Beast, Wind in The Willows and We Will Rock You our next Summer Stage experience is the 80’s award winning comedy musical Rock of Ages (high school edition) Nominated for Five Tony Awards Including Best Musical! It’s the tail end of the big, bad 1980s in Hollywood, and the party has been raging hard. Aqua Net, Lycra, Heavy Metal flow freely at one of the Sunset Strips last legendary venues, a place where legendary rocker Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and groupies line up for their chance at an autograph. Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star (and resident toilet cleaner) Drew longs to take the stage as the next big thing (and longs for small-town girl Sherri, fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes). But the rock and roll fairy-tale is about to end when German developers sweep into town with plans to turn the fabled Strip into just another capitalist strip mall. Can Drew, Sherri, and the gang save the strip–and themselves before it’s too late? Only the music of hit bands Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and more hold the answer. To apply for an audition pack click here The Alban Arena and Brilliant Theatre Arts bring another epic production for your child to be a part of in Summer 2020. After the sold out production of Grease, Beauty and The Beast, Wind in The Willows and We Will Rock You our next Summer Stage experience is the 80’s award winning comedy musical Rock of Ages (high school edition)Nominated for Five Tony Awards Including Best Musical!It’s the tail end of the big, bad 1980s in Hollywood, and the party has been raging hard. Aqua Net, Lycra, Heavy Metal flow freely at one of the Sunset Strips last legendary venues, a place where legendary rocker Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and groupies line up for their chance at an autograph. Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star (and resident toilet cleaner) Drew longs to take the stage as the next big thing (and longs for small-town girl Sherri, fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes). But the rock and roll fairy-tale is about to end when German developers sweep into town with plans to turn the fabled Strip into just another capitalist strip mall. Can Drew, Sherri, and the gang save the strip–and themselves before it’s too late? Only the music of hit bands Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and more hold the answer.To apply for an audition pack click here 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. Rob Beckett is back on tour with a brand-new stand-up show. It’s been a busy few years for the Mouth of the South and he’s coming to see you to fill you in and make you laugh. Host of BBC One’s All Together Now and team captain on Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats. He is also the star of BBC One’s Live At The Apollo, Would I Lie To You?, Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, BBC Two’s Mock The Week, ITV’s Play To The Whistle, ITV2’s Celebrity Juice and Sky’s A League of Their Own. And he is a host of Dave’s podcast, The Magic Sponge, alongside Jimmy Bullard and Ian Smith. “There are hints that his eyes are set firmly on arenas that are as big as his mouth of his”– Metro “Relentlessly smiley, perpetually grinning Londoner whose unshowy, unpretentious but thoroughly funny shtick has every chance of winning him a big audience…”– Guardian “Lights up the stage with his magnetic personality not to mention the dazzle from his teeth)”- Mail on Sunday 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 05 Mar - Sound Of Music

    7:30 PM

      Opening Times: Evening Performances Front Doors Open: 6.30pm Auditorium: 7pm Show Starts: 7.30pm Saturday Matinee Front Doors Open: 1.30pm Auditorium: 2pm Show Starts: 2.30pm 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. £17 (best seats stalls) £15.50 (standard stall seats) £12.50 (rear of stalls)* Rare Productions brings their latest spectacular youth production to The Alban Arena. The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world’s most beloved musical. When a Nun proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain. The motion picture version remains the most popular movie musical of all time.  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.£17 (best seats stalls) £15.50 (standard stall seats) £12.50 (rear of stalls)*Concessions:The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world’s most beloved musical. When a Nun proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain. The motion picture version remains the most popular movie musical of all time. Book Tickets

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  • 8:00 PM

    Is There Anybody Out There? 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. As well as being the all-round entertainer we all know and love from the telly, Count Arthur Strong is also a lifelong fan of astronomy, since having been given a microscope, or whatever it is they use, for Christmas when he was a small precocious baby. In fact, it’s said the first word he spoke was ‘Uranus’. In this, his brand-new show, he seamlessly combines the very best showbiz entertainment you’ll currently find, in the world, possibly? As he wrestles with some of the big questions that other all-round entertainers shy away from. Such as:Are we alone in the universe?Is there life on Mars bars?2lbs of potatoes.Packet of ginger nuts.Don’t lose this shopping list.‘Do not miss this not to be missed type of thing! If I wasn’t in the show I’d definitely be in the audience watching myself intently. Laughing and learning in equal measure. Thoroughly happy to pay the admission fee and definitely not asking for a refund. Also not rustling sweet wrappers and fiddling with my sodding telephone with a gormless expression on my face. See you there!’. Arthur“Undeniably brilliant” – Brian Logan, The Guardian “Pure genius and pure tribute to the golden age of vaudeville” – Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard “Can safely be mentioned in the same breath as Tommy Cooper” – Steve Bennett, Chortle 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
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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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