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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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  • Wed 25 Jul - Jason Manford: Muddle Class

    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. He’s back! It’s been a busy few years for Jason since his last smash-hit stand up show but fans of his Absolute Radio show will know this nationally acclaimed comedian hasn’t changed a bit. ‘Muddle Class’ promises to feature a wealth of new material about Jason growing up ‘working class’ then finding, over the years, that part of him has become ‘middle class’ – causing much confusion! Delivered with Jason’s amiable charm and captivating wit, this is a show not to be missed. Jason said: “Somebody said to me on my Facebook fan page, ‘it’s been ages since you’ve toured’. I thought ‘no way, it was last year wasn’t it? Anyway, long story short, they were right, it was years ago! I just got fooled cos I’ve been on tour doing musicals and the last tour is repeated on Dave ja Vu 13 times a day! So I’ve been putting some stuff together, looking at my life and how it’s changed over the years, how the world has changed and how my parents haven’t changed a bit! It’s going to be a great tour and I can’t wait to see you there.” ‘8 out of 10 Cats’ (Channel 4), ‘The Nightly Show’ (ITV1), ‘Sunday Night at the Palladium’ (ITV1), ‘Live at the Apollo’ (BBC One), ‘Have I Got News For You’, (BBC One), QI (BBC Two) and ‘The Royal Variety Performance’ (ITV1) have all helped establish Jason as a nationally known comic.Age Guidance: 13+ (some swearing)No Support Act“Effortlessly entertaining” Evening Standard “He’s blessed with the sort of laid-back charm and sharp turn of phrase you can’t manufacture” Daily 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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  • 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. BAFTA and Perrier award winning comedian Dylan Moran embarks on his brand new tour – Dr Cosmos. Moran will offer his unique take on love, politics, misery and the everyday absurdities of life, all served with poetical panache from one of the finest comedians of his generationMoran has been called the Oscar Wilde of comedy and his famed style – deadpan, witty and crackpot lyricism – promises to be an unmissable journey through his interpretations of the world, swerving cliche to offer a cutting blow to our idiosyncrasies. **** “Trumping Shakespeare, he reduces life to four ages: “Child, failure, old and dead”. Faced with one-liners as killing as that the world suddenly seems a better place.”The Telegraph**** “His comedy takes on an existential dimension, as tubby, nicotine-starved, emasculated Moran comes to represent the struggles we all wage for meaning and connection”The Guardian**** “High-octane riffs from Irish master of grumpiness…spellbinding”Evening Standard**** “In his heightened ideas and vocabulary, Moran compulsively swerves clichés as he builds up layers of laughs… funny and fascinating, and utterly deserving of his place in the modern classics’The TimesRecommended 15+ 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 14 Sep - Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

    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. In 1979 young Donna, Tanya and Rosie graduate from Oxford University – leaving Donna free to embark on a series of adventures throughout Europe. On her journeys, she makes the acquaintances of Harry, Bill and Sam – the latter whom she falls in love with, but he’s also the man who breaks her heart. In the present day, Donna’s pregnant daughter, Sophie, dreams of renovating a taverna while reuniting with her mother’s old friends and boyfriends on the Greek island of Kalokairi.  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.In 1979 young Donna, Tanya and Rosie graduate from Oxford University – leaving Donna free to embark on a series of adventures throughout Europe. On her journeys, she makes the acquaintances of Harry, Bill and Sam – the latter whom she falls in love with, but he’s also the man who breaks her heart.In the present day, Donna’s pregnant daughter, Sophie, dreams of renovating a taverna while reuniting with her mother’s old friends and boyfriends on the Greek island of Kalokairi. Book Tickets

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  • 10:30 AM

      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. Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2”! This time Helen (aka Elastigirl) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (Mr. Incredible) at home with Violet and Dash to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transition for every one, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone must find a way to work together again – which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.  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.Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2”!This time Helen (aka Elastigirl) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (Mr. Incredible) at home with Violet and Dash to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transition for every one, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers.When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone must find a way to work together again – which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible. Book Tickets

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  • Thu 20 Sep - Sinatra, Sequins & Swing: The Capitol Years Live!

    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. Attention Sinatra & Big Band Swing fans, you will not want to miss UK’s only Sinatra show endorsed by President of Sinatra Music Society. The ultimate homage to his golden years of 1953-61, this critically-acclaimed concert has wowed audiences for over six years with its spectacular sounding, visually evocative celebration of the era’s legendary songs & its ‘50s Hollywood glamour. So relive the mighty Capitol Records  years through a cavalcade of greatest hits like Chicago (That Toddlin’ Town), Night & Day, Lady Is A Tramp, Wee Small Hours, The Tender Trap, I’ve Got You Under My Skin & many, many more. And if that wasn’t enough, enjoy recreations of famous songs from Sinatra’s memorable films & TV specials, some timeless hits from his famous Capitol tablemates – Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald and Bobby Darin – a vocally mesmerising ‘Marilyn Monroe’, fun and a surprise ‘guest’ in between. The show stars two of the most exciting & talented vocalists of this genre on the scene today, backed by the full-on-and-fabulous Capitol Orchestra (feat. players from Ronnie Scotts Jazz Orchestra/BBC Big Band/John Wilson Orchestra). The quality and charisma of the two vocal stars, Kevin Fitzsimmons/Kitty La Roar, has consistently mesmerised audiences worldwide. Similarly, the impact of the orchestra will hypnotise both newcomers and the most avid fans of the era. So get set for a brilliantly produced, exhilarating show by world-class swing vocal stars and musicians. But don’t just take our word for it…no lesser authority than Ken Barnes – President of Sinatra Music Society/Sinatra family’s representative in Europe – said: “If you hear of ‘Sinatra, Sequins & Swing’ in your area be sure to see it. You won’t find a better evening entertainment anywhere”. ‘With a perfectly natural timbre to his voice Fitzsimmons immediately conjures up Old Blue Eyes in his glory years.’ – The Stage ‘…Kitty stole the show with her Marilyn-esque style and her own brand of sexy naughtiness, lovely voice and impossible curves!’ – LIFE magazine  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.Attention Sinatra & Big Band Swing fans, you will not want to miss UK’s only Sinatra show endorsed by President of Sinatra Music Society. The ultimate homage to his golden years of 1953-61, this critically-acclaimed concert has wowed audiences for over six years with its spectacular sounding, visually evocative celebration of the era’s legendary songs & its ‘50s Hollywood glamour.So relive the mighty Capitol Records  years through a cavalcade of greatest hits like Chicago (That Toddlin’ Town), Night & Day, Lady Is A Tramp, Wee Small Hours, The Tender Trap, I’ve Got You Under My Skin & many, many more. And if that wasn’t enough, enjoy recreations of famous songs from Sinatra’s memorable films & TV specials, some timeless hits from his famous Capitol tablemates – Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald and Bobby Darin – a vocally mesmerising ‘Marilyn Monroe’, fun and a surprise ‘guest’ in between.The show stars two of the most exciting & talented vocalists of this genre on the scene today, backed by the full-on-and-fabulous Capitol Orchestra (feat. players from Ronnie Scotts Jazz Orchestra/BBC Big Band/John Wilson Orchestra).The quality and charisma of the two vocal stars, Kevin Fitzsimmons/Kitty La Roar, has consistently mesmerised audiences worldwide. Similarly, the impact of the orchestra will hypnotise both newcomers and the most avid fans of the era.So get set for a brilliantly produced, exhilarating show by world-class swing vocal stars and musicians. But don’t just take our word for it…no lesser authority than Ken Barnes – President of Sinatra Music Society/Sinatra family’s representative in Europe – said: “If you hear of ‘Sinatra, Sequins & Swing’ in your area be sure to see it. You won’t find a better evening entertainment anywhere”.‘With a perfectly natural timbre to his voice Fitzsimmons immediately conjures up Old Blue Eyes in his glory years.’ – The Stage‘…Kitty stole the show with her Marilyn-esque style and her own brand of sexy naughtiness, lovely voice and impossible curves!’ – LIFE magazine 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 show is inspired by the imagination of PT Barnum. Join our cast of West End Singers and LIVE band as we take you on a journey through music from “The Greatest Showman” “Moulin Rouge” “Barnum” and many others. A memorable night that will have you singing along and dancing in the aisles. This IS the greatest show – not to be missed! To alleviate large queues we ask that you arrive in good time as there are bag searches in place. Where possible please bring small bags with you. Book Tickets

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  • Sat 22 Sep - The 2-Tone Tribute Tour

    7:30 PM

    Feat. classics from the Specials, Bad Manners and Madness Front Doors Open: 6.30pm Auditorium: 7pm To alleviate large queues we ask that you arrive in good time as there are bag searches in place. Where possible please bring small bags with you.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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  • 11:00 AM

    Opening times and admission:Wednesday £3.00 Thursday £4.0011.00am – 11.00pm(CAMRA members free)Friday £5.00Saturday £6.0011.00am – 11.00pm(CAMRA members free)Up to 350 real ales, 50 ciders and perries, 50 bottle conditioned beers and 80 foreign beers from all over the world. Live music from The Landlords Thursday evening, Swan Vesta Social Club Saturday lunchtime and The Overtures Saturday evening. Short walk from St Albans City & Abbey railway stations.For more information:Web: stalbansbeerfestival.org.uk.Facebook: https:www.facebook.com/stalbansbeerfestival.Twitter: @stalbansbf Book Tickets

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  • Wed 03 Oct - Brian Blessed

    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. Larger than life British actor Brian Blessed is known for his hearty, king-sized portrayals on film and television. A giant of a man accompanied by an eloquent wit and booming, operatic voice.

An evening with Brian Blessed is an experience that nobody should miss. His eloquence and humour will have the audience captured from the moment he walks on stage until the moment he leaves.

Brian will talk about his career on stage and screen including anecdotes from Flash Gordon, Black Adder, I Claudius and Z Cars and his many appearances in Shakespearean Productions.

 He is also an avid climber and has conquered Everest and Kilimanjaro amongst others. To alleviate large queues we ask that you arrive in good time as there are bag searches in place. Where possible please bring small bags with you. Book Tickets

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  • 8:00 PM

    Front Doors Open: 7pm Auditorium: 7.30pm 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. In the spring of 2017 At Last – The Etta James Story toured the UK, selling out theaters in London, Liverpool, Manchester and across the country, receiving 5 star reviews and multiple standing ovations wherever it played. Starring the sensational Vika Bull ‘At Last’ tells the story of soul legend Etta James turbulent life and features some of her most beloved songs including Tell Mama, Something’s Got A Hold On Me, Sugar On The Floor, the heart rending I’d Rather Go Blind, her iconic signature song At Last and more. Vika puts her heart and soul into this unforgettable show and is joined on stage by some of Australia’s finest and funkiest musicians. During a long and tumultuous career that saw her win six Grammy Awards and a star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame, Etta James has influenced a vast array of artists from Diana Ross, Janis Joplin, Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones and Rod Stewart and is acknowledged as inspiring the careers of a new generation of singers from Christina Aguilera, Joss Stone, Adele and the late Amy Winehouse. Sadly, Etta’s frantic recording and touring schedule coincided with her ever-growing addiction problems and over time she not only sang the blues…she lived the blues. Mercifully, her passion for life and strength of character saw her conquer her demons and she continued to record and perform into her seventies. With respect, this is her story. 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 05 Oct - Magic Of Motown

    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. Now seen by over 1 million people worldwide, music fans are invited to the biggest party of the year as the unstoppable Magic of Motown show steams into town.Prepare yourself for 40 back-to-back classic Motown hits, glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves and outstanding musicianship in this explosive concert experience.Celebrate the sound of a generation as the timeless music of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Jackson 5, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson and many more are sensationally recreated for you by an exceptionally talented cast and band.This breath-taking concert spectacular takes you on a musical journey through all your favourite songs, including: Ain’t No Mountain, Signed Sealed Delivered, Grapevine, Get Ready, Dancing In The Streets, My Girl, Blame It On The Boogie, Uptight, Endless Love, My Cherie Amor, All Night Long, Heatwave, I’m Coming Out, Loco In Acapulco plus 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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  • 3:00 PM

    Front Doors Open: 2pm Auditorium: 2.30pm Show Starts: 3pm 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 Searchers, The Merseybeats, The Fortunes, PJ Proby, Love Affair’s – Steve Ellis & Vanity Fare Following last years’ successful tour, Sixties Gold returns with an even stronger line-up of artists that, between them, scored over 50 UK Top 30 hits.With a career spanning 6 decades, The Searchers now embark upon what will be their ‘Farewell 60s’ tour. It all began in Liverpool, where they were tipped to be as big as The Beatles, The Searchers spent 128 weeks in the charts, with sales of more than 50 million, including 3 massive UK No.1 hits. The Merseybeats. Another success story from the Liverpool, Merseybeat boom years. Great memorable hit records including; Sorrow, I Think of You, and Wishin’ and Hopin’.Following on in the wake of Merseybeat, The Fortunes added another dimension to the sound of the classic pop song. With hits including; ‘You’ve Got Your Troubles’ and ‘Here It Comes Again’, The Fortunes remain one of the UK’s premier harmony groups.This will be ponytailed P.J. Proby’s final tour. His controversial trouser splitting shocked the nation and in 1964 and was the Melody Maker teen idol award winner. His hit records spent 91 weeks in the charts.Steve Ellis, the original lead vocalist and founder of Love Affair who had five Top 20 singles, including their No. 1 Everlasting Love.Finally, Vanity Fare, scored with three top 20 hits in the late sixties, including their catchy ‘Hitchin’ A Ride.Re-live the magic of the 1960s with Six of the biggest chart acts of the decade. 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
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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