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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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  • Thu 15 Nov - Henning Wehn: Get On With It

    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. You couldn’t make it up; surely the German Comedy Ambassador Henning Wehn hasn’t bosched out yet another new show? And what’s he still doing here anyway? Well, his lack of transferable skills is what keeps him here and his belief that practise makes perfect is what keeps him going.This show is a much needed call to arms. Listen, everyone: stop pondering and hand-wringing. Instead get on your bike and put your face to the grindstone!“As subtle as Schumacher on Battiston” some bloke on TwitterHenning’s most recent television and radio appearances include “Live At The Apollo” BBC2, “Have I Got News For You” BBC1, “Would I Lie To You” BBC1, “Fighting Talk” BBC Radio 5 Live and “The Unbelievable Truth” BBC Radio 4.“Wehn wraps his vowels around the issues of immigration and identity. And he triumphs at it” The Times 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. The biggest names in stand-up, live in St Albans.Join us for our celebration of the biggest and best comedians on the UK circuit. This edition features Milton Jones, Angelos Epithemiou, Ivo Graham, Desiree Burch and John Robins.Multi-award winner, Milton Jones, is quite simply one of the country’s best comedians. A regular panelist on the BBC’s Mock The Week and Live At The Apollo,, we’re delighted to bring Milton’s trademark hilarious and surreal one-liners to St Albans.“King of the surreal one-liner” The Times“No one can touch Jones when he hits his stride.” The GuardianANGELOS EPITHEMIOUBurger van owner and cult oddity, best known for BBC Two’s Shooting Stars and his own Channel 4 series.DESIREE BURCHA New York stand-up, now successful in the UK. As seen on Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats , BBC One’s Have I Got News For You, Live At The Apollo and more. As heard on The Guilty Feminist podcast. Desiree is a former Funny Women Award-winner. “Insightful, ample charisma and a pleasingly bull-in-a-china shop approach” ★★★★ The GuardianIVO GRAHAMAs seen on the BBC’s Live At The Apollo , Mock The Week and many more. The ex-Etonian posh boy brings a relaxed charm to his highly-regarded stand-up..“On the brink of comedy’s premier league” ★★★★ Evening Standard.JOHN ROBINSHosting the night is the Edinburgh Comedy Award winner, Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week regular and Radio X co-host.Contains adult themes and language.The line-up is subject to change. 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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  • Mon 18 Mar - Green Book (12A)

    7:30 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. New York City bouncer Frank “Tony Lip” Vallelonga is searching for new employment after the nightclub he works at is closed for renovations. He is invited to an interview with “Doc” Don Shirley, a black pianist who is looking for a driver for his eight-week concert tour through the Mid-West and Deep South. Don hires Tony on the strength of his references. They embark with plans to return to New York on Christmas Eve. Tony is given a copy of the Green Book by Don’s record label: a guide for black travelers to find motels, restaurants, and filling stations that would serve blacks. Directed by Peter Farrelly, the film was written by Farrelly, Brian Currie and Vallelonga’s son, Nick Vallelonga, based on interviews with his father and Shirley, as well as letters his father wrote to his mother. The film is named after The Negro Motorist Green Book, a mid-20th century guidebook for African-American travelers written by Victor Hugo Green, to help them find motels and restaurants that would accept them.  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.New York City bouncer Frank “Tony Lip” Vallelonga is searching for new employment after the nightclub he works at is closed for renovations. He is invited to an interview with “Doc” Don Shirley, a black pianist who is looking for a driver for his eight-week concert tour through the Mid-West and Deep South. Don hires Tony on the strength of his references.They embark with plans to return to New York on Christmas Eve. Tony is given a copy of the Green Book by Don’s record label: a guide for black travelers to find motels, restaurants, and filling stations that would serve blacks.Directed by Peter Farrelly, the film was written by Farrelly, Brian Currie and Vallelonga’s son, Nick Vallelonga, based on interviews with his father and Shirley, as well as letters his father wrote to his mother.The film is named after The Negro Motorist Green Book, a mid-20th century guidebook for African-American travelers written by Victor Hugo Green, to help them find motels and restaurants that would accept them. Book Tickets

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  • 7:30 PM

    Plus special guest support – Graham Robins 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. Joni’s Soul offers a unique opportunity to hear many of her great songs sung and played by some of UK’s finest. Joni’s Soul look beyond merely the faithful reproduction of the Joni Mitchell songbook and shine a light on the most soulful aspects of her words and music. Coyote, Hejira, Edith and the Kingpin, A Case of You, The Hissing of Summer Lawns, Trouble Child, Help Me and Gina Foster’s gorgeous version of Both Sides Now – it’s through songs like these that the band explore the unique songwriting, harmonic concept and gift of performance Joni Mitchell enduringly revealed in her celebrated albums Blue, Court and Spark, Hejira, The Hissing of Summer Lawns and beyond… The band is – Gina Foster – vocals (Eric Clapton, Sinead O’Connor) Ronnie Johnson – guitar (Van Morrison, Bob Dylan) and additional guitars Patrick Johnson Graham Harvey – keyboards (Incognito, George Benson) Steve Pearce – bass (Randy Crawford, Anything But The Girl) Richard Bailey – drums (Stevie Winwood, Jeff Beck) 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.Joni’s Soul offers a unique opportunity to hear many of her great songs sung and played by some of UK’s finest. Joni’s Soul look beyond merely the faithful reproduction of the Joni Mitchell songbook and shine a light on the most soulful aspects of her words and music.Coyote, Hejira, Edith and the Kingpin, A Case of You, The Hissing of Summer Lawns, Trouble Child, Help Me and Gina Foster’s gorgeous version of Both Sides Now – it’s through songs like these that the band explore the unique songwriting, harmonic concept and gift of performance Joni Mitchell enduringly revealed in her celebrated albums Blue, Court and Spark, Hejira, The Hissing of Summer Lawns and beyond…The band is –Gina Foster – vocals (Eric Clapton, Sinead O’Connor)Ronnie Johnson – guitar (Van Morrison, Bob Dylan) and additional guitars Patrick JohnsonGraham Harvey – keyboards (Incognito, George Benson)Steve Pearce – bass (Randy Crawford, Anything But The Girl)Richard Bailey – drums (Stevie Winwood, Jeff Beck) Book Tickets

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  • Thu 28 Mar - If Beale Street Could Talk (15)

    7:30 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 early 1970’s Harlem, daughter and wife to be Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny. Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together, but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. If Beale Street Could Talk is an American romantic drama film directed and written by Barry Jenkins, and based on James Baldwin’s novel of the same name. It stars KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Michael Beach, Dave Franco, Diego Luna, Pedro Pascal, Ed Skrein, Brian Tyree Henry and Regina King.  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 early 1970’s Harlem, daughter and wife to be Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny.Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together, but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit.If Beale Street Could Talk is an American romantic drama film directed and written by Barry Jenkins, and based on James Baldwin’s novel of the same name. It stars KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Michael Beach, Dave Franco, Diego Luna, Pedro Pascal, Ed Skrein, Brian Tyree Henry and Regina King. 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. 50 Years – The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, the world’s finest tribute to Fleetwood Mac, returns to the stage in 2019 with its ‘Anniversary Tour’, a brand new show celebrating 50 years of the very best of Fleetwood Mac, including a very special blues set paying tribute to Fleetwood Mac’s legendary Peter Green era. Channeling the spirit of Fleetwood Mac at their very best, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac offers a unique opportunity for fans, both old and new, to rediscover the songs and performances that have ensured Fleetwood Mac’s place as one of the most loved groups of all time. Personally endorsed by Fleetwood Mac founding member, Mick Fleetwood, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac is the ultimate tribute to one of rock and roll’s most remarkable groups.    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.Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, the world’s finest tribute to Fleetwood Mac, returns to the stage in 2019 with its ‘Anniversary Tour’, a brand new show celebrating 50 years of the very best of Fleetwood Mac, including a very special blues set paying tribute to Fleetwood Mac’s legendary Peter Green era.Channeling the spirit of Fleetwood Mac at their very best, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac offers a unique opportunity for fans, both old and new, to rediscover the songs and performances that have ensured Fleetwood Mac’s place as one of the most loved groups of all time.Personally endorsed by Fleetwood Mac founding member, Mick Fleetwood, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac is the ultimate tribute to one of rock and roll’s most remarkable groups. Book Tickets

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  • Sat 30 Mar - Motown’s How Sweet It Is

    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 in its 18th successive year, this stunning 100% live show combines first class music with the slickest choreography and an amazing band, to deliver truly outstanding performances for the best Motown experience you will ever have! This show will have you Dancing On The Ceiling, with songs from legendary artistes such as Lionel Richie, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson Five, The Isley Brothers, Edwin Starr and many, many more. “outstanding, with some thrilling dance routines, amusing patter and a brilliant backing band which would not have shamed the original Motown session guys’’ Lancashire Telegraph, Alan Simpson “They had the moves, the looks, the voices and every Motown Classic you could ask for” Jersey Evening News, Sarah Harding The ULTIMATE celebration of the sweet sound of Motown Let’s Get Ready… to Go Loco, Down in Acapulco  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 in its 18th successive year, this stunning 100% live show combines first class music with the slickest choreography and an amazing band, to deliver truly outstanding performances for the best Motown experience you will ever have!This show will have you Dancing On The Ceiling, with songs from legendary artistes such as Lionel Richie, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson Five, The Isley Brothers, Edwin Starr and many, many more.“outstanding, with some thrilling dance routines, amusing patter and a brilliant backing band which would not have shamed the original Motown session guys’’ Lancashire Telegraph, Alan Simpson“They had the moves, the looks, the voices and every Motown Classic you could ask for” Jersey Evening News, Sarah HardingThe ULTIMATE celebration of the sweet sound of Motown Let’s Get Ready… to Go Loco, Down in Acapulco Book Tickets

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  • 7:30 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. Teenager Nicolas Sheff seems to have it all, good grades, editor of the school newspaper, actor, artist and athlete. When Nic’s addiction to meth threatens to destroy him, his desperate father does whatever he can to save his son and his family Beautiful Boy is an American biographical drama film directed by Felix Van Groeningen, in his English-language feature debut. The screenplay, written by Luke Davies and Van Groeningen, is based on the memoirs Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction by David Sheff and Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff. It stars Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierney, and Amy Ryan, and deals with the strained relationship between a father and his drug-addicted teenage son.  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.Teenager Nicolas Sheff seems to have it all, good grades, editor of the school newspaper, actor, artist and athlete. When Nic’s addiction to meth threatens to destroy him, his desperate father does whatever he can to save his son and his familyBeautiful Boy is an American biographical drama film directed by Felix Van Groeningen, in his English-language feature debut.The screenplay, written by Luke Davies and Van Groeningen, is based on the memoirs Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction by David Sheff and Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff.It stars Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierney, and Amy Ryan, and deals with the strained relationship between a father and his drug-addicted teenage son. Book Tickets

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  • Wed 03 Apr - Julian Clary – Born to Mince

    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. ‘Are you ready for some filth? I know I am. It’s been a while since I sallied forth to pleasure the provinces with my particular brand of saucy innuendo. Let me at them!’In this outrageously camp new show, (that he was going to call Bed Knobs and Knee Pads but was advised might not sell too well in Harrogate), renowned homosexual Julian Clary will bare his soul as never before in the interests of light entertainment.He’ll murder some well known songs along the way, no doubt, read you a sneak preview from his next memoir A Night At the Lubricant and make withering remarks about punters foolish enough to sit in the front row. You know the kind of thing. It’s the only life he knows. Don’t miss out.This might well be the final mince…“Julian Clary unleashes a tsunami of smut” – The Guardian**(Praise for panto)Recommended 16+ 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. 10th Anniversary Tour – Celebrating a decade of Big Girls Don’t Cry featuring The East Coast Boys Step back in time, to the era of romance. Where gents were gents, and gals were gals! Come and experience the iconic sounds of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons authentically recreated by a phenomenal cast and live band.After selling an incredible 100 million records worldwide, there’s a Four Seasons song that shares a special place in everyone’s heart. This internationally acclaimed show authentically revives the sublime harmonies of New Jersey’s finest.It showcases Frankie’s incredible falsettos, and features his solo hits like Grease, Let’s Hang On, Working My Way Back to You, Beggin’, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, and Who Loves You.This is a tribute show and is no way affiliated with any original artists/estates/management companies or similar shows. 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 Apr - The Counterfeit Stones

    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. Why pay a fortune to see ants in a stadium when for a fraction of the price you can get up close and smell the faking brilliance of the Counterfeit Stones – described as Rolling Stones’ hooky masterpiece. Their latest fast shuffle, STREET FIGHTING SHAM promises yet another night of pure, unadulterated Copy-Rock. These prank-stars continue to deliver the best “mock ‘n’ roll” show on the circuit. Packed with big hits, retro fashion & vintage guitars 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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