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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 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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  • 1:30 PM

    (In the process of being rescheduled to 2022)   Auditorium will open 30 minutes before the show   From the creators of DINOSAUR WORLD LIVE Calling all brave heroes! Enter into a magical world of myths and legends in this fantastical new interactive show for all the family. Unveil a myriad of dark secrets and come face to face with some of the most magnificent monsters and terrifying beasts ever to walk the earth. Discover the colossal Stone Troll, the mysterious Indrik and Japanese Baku; the Tooth Fairy (not as sweet as you’d think), an adorable Unicorn and majestic Griffin. Take your place among legendary heroes, just don’t wake the Dragon… From the creators of the West End smash hit Dinosaur World Live, who bring spectacular puppets to life, don’t miss this brand new spell-binding adventure, live on stage!   From the creators of DINOSAUR WORLD LIVECalling all brave heroes! Enter into a magical world of myths and legends in this fantastical new interactive show for all the family.Unveil a myriad of dark secrets and come face to face with some of the most magnificent monsters and terrifying beasts ever to walk the earth. Discover the colossal Stone Troll, the mysterious Indrik and Japanese Baku; the Tooth Fairy (not as sweet as you’d think), an adorable Unicorn and majestic Griffin. Take your place among legendary heroes, just don’t wake the Dragon…From the creators of the West End smash hit Dinosaur World Live, who bring spectacular puppets to life, don’t miss this brand new spell-binding adventure, live on stage! Book Tickets

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  • Tue 02 Jun - Land of Hope & Glory

    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. Neil sands and his wonderful cast are back with the brand new 2020 production of their most popular patriotic matinee show, Land of hope & glory, celebrating the best of British entertainment from the fabulous forties, rocking fifties and swinging sixties, especially produced to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the VE Day the end of the second world war. This patriotic and nostalgic afternoon is filled with marvellous and memorable songs, including a rousing selection from The Last Night Of the Proms, Old Time Sing A Longs, Great British Show Tunes, and ever popular favourites. This promises to be their biggest and most spectacular production ever. Over two hours of timeless nostalgia, with sensational voices, more than 50 stunning costumes changes, ending with a spectacular flag waving finale, with enough flags and bunting to fill the biggest stage as we all sing those wonderful Songs That Won the War, in the VE Day Party to never forget.  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.Neil sands and his wonderful cast are back with the brand new 2020 production of their most popular patriotic matinee show, Land of hope & glory, celebrating the best of British entertainment from the fabulous forties, rocking fifties and swinging sixties, especially produced to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the VE Day the end of the second world war.This patriotic and nostalgic afternoon is filled with marvellous and memorable songs, including a rousing selection from The Last Night Of the Proms, Old Time Sing A Longs, Great British Show Tunes, and ever popular favourites.This promises to be their biggest and most spectacular production ever. Over two hours of timeless nostalgia, with sensational voices, more than 50 stunning costumes changes, ending with a spectacular flag waving finale, with enough flags and bunting to fill the biggest stage as we all sing those wonderful Songs That Won the War, in the VE Day Party to never forget. Book Tickets

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  • 7:00 PM

    (In the process of being rescheduled) Doors 7pm Hosted By Graham Kentsley and featuring Soulfish with special guests – 2Tone and Meesh! In the “Soul Cellar” D-Jay’s Stevie D and Mac + Brooksie! The first in this new series of UCD events hosted by Graham Kentsley kicks off with the long awaited return of 10 piece local soul legends “Soulfish” playing the very best Soul Funk and Motown on St Albans largest dance floor! All supported by 2Tone and a special guest from St Albans Funk – Meesh! Meesh Jay is a Soul & Funk singer and will be performing at the UCD for the first time with a short set of her songs taken from the new star studied album and film – St Albans Funk! – Meesh has previously performed as Aretha Franklin in the Blues Brothers UK music show. Donations from the event will once again go towards the St Albans Museum + Gallery Trust and for the first time at the UCD we have a special guest Charity – The Ollie Foundation! The Ollie Foundation is a registered charity funding suicide prevention skills training for individuals or the community especially those interacting with young people. The aim of the training is to create ‘suicide safe’ communities. Started by local parents who lost their sons and daughters to suicide. Who have vowed to do all they could to prevent other families suffering in the way they did. Doors open at 7pm with lots of fun fund raising events in the main foyer from all our fabulous sponsors including Eyes on St Albans and Radio Verulam 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 first in this new series of UCD events hosted by Graham Kentsley kicks off with the long awaited return of 10 piece local soul legends “Soulfish” playing the very best Soul Funk and Motown on St Albans largest dance floor!All supported by 2Tone and a special guest from St Albans Funk – Meesh!Meesh Jay is a Soul & Funk singer and will be performing at the UCD for the first time with a short set of her songs taken from the new star studied album and film – St Albans Funk! – Meesh has previously performed as Aretha Franklin in the Blues Brothers UK music show.Donations from the event will once again go towards the St Albans Museum + Gallery Trust and for the first time at the UCD we have a special guest Charity – The Ollie Foundation!The Ollie Foundation is a registered charity funding suicide prevention skills training for individuals or the community especially those interacting with young people. The aim of the training is to create ‘suicide safe’ communities.Started by local parents who lost their sons and daughters to suicide. Who have vowed to do all they could to prevent other families suffering in the way they did.Doors open at 7pm with lots of fun fund raising events in the main foyer from all our fabulous sponsors including Eyes on St Albans and Radio Verulam Book Tickets

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  • Sun 07 Jun - UKBFF

    12:30 PM

      Doors Open 11am   The UK Nationals is a Selection event for the European and World Championships (drug tested) and is a Qualifier for the British Championships, IFBB Diamond Cups in Europe, Arnold Classic in Spain and other IFBB events.   The UK Nationals is a Selection event for the European and World Championships (drug tested) and is a Qualifier for the British Championships, IFBB Diamond Cups in Europe, Arnold Classic in Spain and other IFBB events. Book Tickets

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  • 12:00 PM

    (On hold. More details to follow)   Auditorium will open 30 minutes before the 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. Cirque Enfant is a fun packed, high energy circus cabaret for all the family. From Tots to Teens, the kids will rock out to the great music of Cirque Enfant as this interactive fun show brings amazing Acrobats, Jugglers, Clowns, Sing a Long and so much more to the stage. Cirque Enfant is coming to town. The perfect show for kids of all ages – and mum and dad too!   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.Cirque Enfant is a fun packed, high energy circus cabaret for all the family.From Tots to Teens, the kids will rock out to the great music of Cirque Enfant as this interactive fun show brings amazing Acrobats, Jugglers, Clowns, Sing a Long and so much more to the stage.Cirque Enfant is coming to town. The perfect show for kids of all ages – and mum and dad too! Book Tickets

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  • Fri 19 Jun - The Dualers

    7:30 PM

    (In the process of being rescheduled)   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.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” 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. 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. Full lineup TBC  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 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.Full lineup TBC Book Tickets

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  • Thu 25 Jun - A Luther Vandross Celebration

    7:30 PM

    (On hold. More details to follow)   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 premier show in celebration of ‘The Velvet Voice’ experience all the hits from his amazing career, culminating over 40 million album sales and eight Grammy awards including many of the greatest dance anthems and love songs ever written, fronted by international Luther Vandross tribute Harry Cambridge and his 10 piece band “Never Too Much”, “ Here and Now “, “Give Me the Reason”, ”I Really didn’t mean it”, ” Stop to Love”, “So Amazing”, ”The Best Things in Life Are Free”, ” Always and Forever”, ” Endless Love”, ”Ain’t No stoppin’ Us Now”, “Your Secret Love”, “Shine”, “The Closer I Get To You”, “Love The One You’re With”, ”Any Love”, “Superstar”, “Until You Come Back to Me”, ”Dance with My Father” 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.The World’s premier show in celebration of ‘The Velvet Voice’ experience all the hits from his amazing career, culminating over 40 million album sales and eight Grammy awards including many of the greatest dance anthems and love songs ever written, fronted by international Luther Vandross tribute Harry Cambridge and his 10 piece band“Never Too Much”, “ Here and Now “, “Give Me the Reason”, ”I Really didn’t mean it”, ” Stop to Love”, “So Amazing”, ”The Best Things in Life Are Free”, ” Always and Forever”, ” Endless Love”, ”Ain’t No stoppin’ Us Now”, “Your Secret Love”, “Shine”, “The Closer I Get To You”, “Love The One You’re With”, ”Any Love”, “Superstar”, “Until You Come Back to Me”, ”Dance with My Father” and many many more. Book Tickets

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  • 10:00 AM

    (On hold. More details to follow) Entry from 10am St Albans CC returns for its 3rd year in 2020! Once again we will have a whole new line up of fantastic guests from your favourite TV shows, movies, gaming & comics joining us as well as a brand new array of props & vehicles! The ever awesome Jimcredible will once again be hosting our Cosplay area and we are very pleased to announce that our friends at CEX St Albans will be taking charge of our gaming area. St Albans CC returns for its 3rd year in 2020!Once again we will have a whole new line up of fantastic guests from your favourite TV shows, movies, gaming & comics joining us as well as a brand new array of props & vehicles!The ever awesome Jimcredible will once again be hosting our Cosplay area and we are very pleased to announce that our friends at CEX St Albans will be taking charge of our gaming area. Book Tickets

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  • Sat 25 Jul - The Gin To My Tonic Festival

    12:30 PM

    (On hold. More details to follow) 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 AtmosphereYour 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! Book Tickets

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  • 7:45 PM

      Front Doors Open: 6.15pm Auditorium: 7.15pm 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. As Shalamar, Howard Hewitt and Jeffrey Daniel sold over 25 million records worldwide and collected no less than 100 gold, silver and platinum awards. Their live show includes multi- million selling hits, such as ‘A Night To Remember’, ‘I Can Make You Feel Good’, ‘Make That Move’, ‘There It Is’, ‘Dead Giveaway’, ‘I Owe You One’, ‘The Second Time Around’ and many more. “A Shalamar concert is a giant party,” says Jeffrey Daniel. “From the moment we step on stage to the moment we finish the audience becomes part of the show, they’re up on their feet dancing and singing along!” As noted in the publication British Hit Singles & Albums, Shalamar were regarded as fashion icons and trendsetters, and helped to introduce ‘body-popping’ to the United Kingdom. Jeffrey Daniel is noted as the dance mentor for Michael Jackson and the man that taught him the moonwalk. Howard Hewett is a one of the most iconic US soul artistes of all time. Carolyn Griffey is the daughter of Solar Records creator Dick Griffey and heir to the label dynasty. Special Guest – Phil Fearon Special guest for the show will be fellow 80’s star, Phil Fearon & Galaxy—instantly recognisable for his hit singles ‘”Dancing Tight’ , “What Do I Do?”, “Everybody’s Laughing” “I Can Prove It”& ‘This Kind of Love’.  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 Shalamar, Howard Hewitt and Jeffrey Daniel sold over 25 million records worldwide and collected no less than 100 gold, silver and platinum awards. Their live show includes multi- million selling hits, such as ‘A Night To Remember’, ‘I Can Make You Feel Good’, ‘Make That Move’, ‘There It Is’, ‘Dead Giveaway’, ‘I Owe You One’, ‘The Second Time Around’ and many more.“A Shalamar concert is a giant party,” says Jeffrey Daniel. “From the moment we step on stage to the moment we finish the audience becomes part of the show, they’re up on their feet dancing and singing along!”As noted in the publication British Hit Singles & Albums, Shalamar were regarded as fashion icons and trendsetters, and helped to introduce ‘body-popping’ to the United Kingdom. Jeffrey Daniel is noted as the dance mentor for Michael Jackson and the man that taught him the moonwalk. Howard Hewett is a one of the most iconic US soul artistes of all time. Carolyn Griffey is the daughter of Solar Records creator Dick Griffey and heir to the label dynasty.Special guest for the show will be fellow 80’s star, Phil Fearon & Galaxy—instantly recognisable for his hit singles ‘”Dancing Tight’ , “What Do I Do?”, “Everybody’s Laughing” “I Can Prove It”& ‘This Kind of Love’. 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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