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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 16 Jul - 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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  • 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. Michael Jackson is not only remembered as one of the most influential artists of all time, but many of today’s artists have been inspired by his iconic style. His career spanned nearly five decades of music, and he was continually at the forefront of popular music. Jackson Live in Concert now features the hugely talented ‘CJ’ recreating the Michael Jackson experience with his stunning rendition of all his favourite songs and ‘CJ’ is one of the most experienced, dedicated and well-respected Michael Jackson Tribute artists in the world today, and he perfectly captures the electrifying energy of Michael’s live performances with 100% Live Vocals. He’s got the look, the moonwalk and the voice! His renditions of Thriller, Beat It and Billie Jean are truly sensational. Jackson Live in Concert brings together superb musicians and dancers, fabulous costumes, and of course all the signature dance moves associated so fondly with the undisputed King of Pop. Pure MJ!  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.Michael Jackson is not only remembered as one of the most influential artists of all time, but many of today’s artists have been inspired by his iconic style. His career spanned nearly five decades of music, and he was continually at the forefront of popular music.Jackson Live in Concert now features the hugely talented ‘CJ’ recreating the Michael Jackson experience with his stunning rendition of all his favourite songs and ‘CJ’ is one of the most experienced, dedicated and well-respected Michael Jackson Tribute artists in the world today, and he perfectly captures the electrifying energy of Michael’s live performances with 100% Live Vocals.He’s got the look, the moonwalk and the voice! His renditions of Thriller, Beat It and Billie Jean are truly sensational.Jackson Live in Concert brings together superb musicians and dancers, fabulous costumes, and of course all the signature dance moves associated so fondly with the undisputed King of Pop.Pure MJ! Book Tickets

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  • Thu 14 Nov - Steve Steinman’s Anything For Love

    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. Steve Steinman brings you his brand-new production featuring Meat Loaf’s greatest hits with special guest star Lorraine Crosby, the female lead vocalist on Meat Loaf’s Grammy Award winning song and No 1 hit the world over “I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)”.Amongst her many achievements Lorraine can also be credited for her amazing vocals on the hit No 1 album Bat Out Of Hell II – Back Into Hell. Lorraine is well known for her live performances where many superstars, including Bonnie Tyler, have joined her on stage.Steve Steinman has come a long way since his appearance as Meat Loaf on ITV’s hit TV show Stars In Their Eyes back in 1993. His journey can only be described as remarkable as for the past 26 years Steve has constantly toured all over the world in the hit show “The Meat Loaf Story”. He has performed in some of the most iconic venues such as Sun City, South Africa and the London Palladium, which Steve rates as one of his all-time achievements.Steve has pulled out all the stops to bring you his all new hit show; Anything For Love – The Meat Loaf Story!With incredible stage set live band and production, combined with Steve’s well-known sense of humour and stage presence, along with the amazing Lorraine Crosby the show can only be described as ‘awesome’. The show will feature Meat Loaf’s greatest hits of all time including – Anything For Love – Bat Out Of Hell – Paradise By The Dashboard Light – Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth – Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad – Dead Ringer For Love 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. Book Tickets

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  • 8:00 PM

    PLEASE NOTE that we will be contacting individual ticket holders regarding their refunds. Please refrain from calling the box office yourself as this will cause unnecessary congestion with our phone lines – thank you for bearing with us! Below is the full statement from the concert promotor: UKIreland tour. He has been having some health issues, and though he is recovering well, the doctors are recommending that he take some time to rest and recuperate before he resumes touring. We are working on rescheduling the cancelled shows for next year, and will update fans with new information as soon as we have it. Though John is upset about disappointing his loyal fans, we all feel that it is most important to protect his health so he can be well and continue doing what he loves for many years to come.” Book Tickets

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  • Sat 16 Nov - 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. 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. Following on from our hugely successful first year of touring the incredible new live music experience Rock For Heroes. Bringing the perfect combination of your favourite Rock & Pop artist across the eras, fundraising in support of Help for Heroes. We will be collecting for this amazing cause, after every show, our aim is to raise 2.5 million (it’s a long plan!!). Performed by a full live rock band and superb singers, complete with brilliant personalities and comedy value this really is a night out unlike any other. With music from artists such as Dire Straits, Status Quo, Queen, David Bowie, Spandau Ballet, Bryan Adams, Elton John, AC/DC, Whitesnake & so many more. You won’t see a bad wig here, this isn’t a tribute act this is simply paying tribute, the best way we can to the legends in music. Escape the 9 to 5 and let your hair down with the Rock For Heroes Family!!  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.Following on from our hugely successful first year of touring the incredible new live music experience Rock For Heroes. Bringing the perfect combination of your favourite Rock & Pop artist across the eras, fundraising in support of Help for Heroes.We will be collecting for this amazing cause, after every show, our aim is to raise 2.5 million (it’s a long plan!!). Performed by a full live rock band and superb singers, complete with brilliant personalities and comedy value this really is a night out unlike any other. With music from artists such as Dire Straits, Status Quo, Queen, David Bowie, Spandau Ballet, Bryan Adams, Elton John, AC/DC, Whitesnake & so many more. You won’t see a bad wig here, this isn’t a tribute act this is simply paying tribute, the best way we can to the legends in music. Escape the 9 to 5 and let your hair down with the Rock For Heroes Family!! Book Tickets

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  • Mon 18 Nov - Kevin Bloody Wilson

    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. A long time ago, a long way from anywhere, in a West Australian mining town called Kalgoorlie, the legend of Kevin Bloody Wilson was born. It all started innocently enough – just a guy with too much time on his hands changing the words to other people’s songs, and writing a few of his own, purely for the fun of it. 

Thirty-five years later, countless live gigs and millions of album sales down the track, Kevin Bloody Wilson has not only found his niche, he’s grabbed an esky and a deckchair and he’s made himself really bloody comfortable in it! 

Kev’s songs match the Kalgoorlie landscape, dry and unforgiving. These songs are uniquely Australian, and yet year after year, album after album, tour after tour, people from all corners of the globe keep laughing their guts out at Kevin Bloody Wilson’s completely authentic and original body of work. The bawdy ballad has been around forever. The Bard, William Shakespeare, wrote bawdy verse. Scotland’s Wee Robbie Burns wrote an entire book of dirty ditties and bawdy poems.
The bawdy ballad has lifted the spirits of Troops from both sides of wartime conflicts, and who of us doesn’t remember at least two or three bawdy limericks?
Yet, in today’s politically correct times, it seems only one person is perpetuating and preserving this unique art form – KEVIN BLOODY WILSON.Don’t miss KEV in his highly anticipated return to the UK – with his Brand New Christmas Album – on his global ALMOST AWESOME 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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  • 2:00 PM

    Front Doors Open: 1pm Auditorium: 1.30pm Show Starts: 2pm Swing into Christmas with the unique Five Star Swing Big Band show – As featured at London’s Leicester Square Theatre and BBC “Children in Need”. Enjoy all your favourite Christmas songs with the dynamic Big Band treatment from Glenn Miller, Sinatra, Basie, Nat King Cole – jazzing up those Jingle Bells! “Superb – they swing like crazy!” says Sheila Tracy, BBC. As seen at Dame Vera Lynn’s Charity Ball & Blackpool Tower Ballroom. “Swing and Song of the highest order” – Telegraph. Featuring Simone from the Ivy Benson Orchestra, and Chris Smith (Jnr) composer and arranger for the BBC Radio Big Band, Herb Miller Big Band (Glenn’s brother). Book Tickets

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  • Wed 20 Nov - Alexander Armstrong – All Mouth and Some Trousers

    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. Alexander Armstrong embarks on his first ever stand-up tour with ‘All Mouth and Some Trousers’. A brand new and “deliciously irreverent” account of a career that has taken him from Armstrong & Miller, to presenting, documentary making, singing and – ultimately – taking his rightful place as the Voice Of Toilet Duck.There will be shocking candourThere will be comic songsThere will – please God – be trousers 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. Show of Hands fans rejoice as Steve Knightley and Phil Beer, two undisputed kings of the folk, roots and acoustic scene reunite with long-term collaborator Miranda Sykes for a brand-new album and tour for 2019. Bass and vocal queen Sykes was much-missed during her recent sabbatical, and excitement is building around her return to the fold.And there’s more, because the trio is expanding to include master percussionist Cormac Byrne who returns with his blistering additions by popular demand. There’s no doubt that Show of Hands the four-piece, now something of a supergroup, and their combined musicianship is guaranteed to sound nothing short of magical.There are no support acts on this tour, and instead during the opening set each musician will introduce themselves and play in six unique duo combinations where literally anything could happen! This will be an evening spent immersed in the talents of some of the most accomplished musicians of their time, and is not to be missed.Steve says, “With the heartbeat and harmonies that Cormac and Miranda add, we are at last creating a sound we’ve dreamed of making for twenty-five years!”.The album and tour promise infectious new songs and a sound with more depth and intensity than ever before. Now We Are Four is destined to be the festival hit of 2020, and you saw it here first. 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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  • Fri 22 Nov - Steeleye Span

    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. ‘Space Oddity’. ‘Suspicious Minds’. ‘Pinball Wizard’. ‘Whole Lotta Love’. ‘Come Together’ – 1969 could easily be said to be a vintage year for music, the end of a decade that changed the world and the introduction to one that would prove equally inspirational. It would also see the birth of a band that would start as an idea to electrify traditional music and would go on to become one of the most enduring stories in the folk world and beyond. Fifty years on and Steeleye Span are set to mark this incredible milestone with a tour that will celebrate a band that are still as creative and vital now as they were all those years ago.Led as ever by the iconic Maddy Prior, the latest seven piece line-up will draw on the group’s incredible history to provide a night of favourites and surprises from down the decades. 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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  • 2:30 PM

    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. Be swept away on a magical adventure in one of the most famous classical ballets of all time – The Nutcracker. With its combination of enchanting choreography and unforgettable music, this fabulous ballet is a Christmas treat like no other.Set to Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous score, the traditional tale of The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara and her enchanted nutcracker doll. Their adventures see Clara and the Nutcracker combat the Mouse King, and join the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier on a wonderful journey through the glistening Land of Snow to a kingdom made entirely of sweets. Returning by popular demand, Vienna Festival Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker promises to delight audiences of all ages with its festive setting and light-hearted story.“A truly spellbinding performance!”BURNLEY EXPRESS★★★★WHAT’S ON STAGE“A perfect evening’s entertainment for you and your family”WELWYN & HATFIELD TIMES“This production looks and feels absolutely right”WORTHING HERALD 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
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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