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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 22 Mar - The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    2:00 PM

      The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by author / illustrator Eric Carle has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969 selling more than 43 million copies worldwide. Eric’s well-known books captivated readers with his iconic colourful hand painted tissue paper collage illustrations and distinctively simple stories, introducing generations of children to a bigger, brighter world – and to their first experience of reading itself. Now the timeless classic makes its way off the page and onto the stage. Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, the critically acclaimed production of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show’ features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle’s stories. The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by author / illustrator Eric Carle has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969 selling more than 43 million copies worldwide.Eric’s well-known books captivated readers with his iconic colourful hand painted tissue paper collage illustrations and distinctively simple stories, introducing generations of children to a bigger, brighter world – and to their first experience of reading itself.Now the timeless classic makes its way off the page and onto the stage. Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, the critically acclaimed production of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show’ features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle’s stories. The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Book Tickets

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  • 8:00 PM

    The British Comedy Award nominee and star of Live At The Apollo and 8 Out Of 10 Cats is embarking on a nationwide tour to complain about the state of the world and offer no solutions. Since his last show he has become a husband and father, seen the UK vote to leave the EU and watched the rise of Donald Trump, all of which leaves him asking one question, why does it seem that no one else alive can correctly load a dishwasher?Come and see what Jon Richardson can do with words when he has more than thirty seconds to work with. Or should that be “with which to work”? Best known as team captain on ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown’, Jon has been massively in demand for television and radio appearances including; ‘Have I Got News For You’ (BBC ONE), ‘Live At The Apollo’ (BBC ONE), ‘Channel 4’s Comedy Gala Live At The 02’ and most recently ‘Taskmaster’ (DAVE). He can also be heard hosting ‘The Warm Up’ show on talkSPORT with Matt Forde every Saturday.‘Jon Richardson is developing into a quietly sophisticated comedian who is at turns hilarious and disturbing and under no circumstances should you miss‘ **** – The Mirror‘one of our most individual and interesting stand-ups **** – The Times‘Sublimely brilliant, stunning…. – Time Out14+ (Parental Guidance) Likely to be swearing and adult content Book Tickets

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  • Sat 25 Mar - The Ultimate Civic Disco

    7:00 PM

    Doors from 7pm – 12.30am All proceeds from the event will go towards the new St Albans Museum project – door open at 7pm with fund raising events in the main foyer. Over 25s All proceeds from the event will go towards the new St Albans Museum project – door open at 7pm with fund raising events in the main foyer. Book Tickets

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  • 7:00 PM

  • Thu 30 Mar - The Bootleg Beatles

    7:30 PM

    The world’s most famous Beatles Tribute band continues to draw critical acclaim from across the globe with their stunning recreation of the greatest songbook of all time. Tracing the Fab Four’s journey through the sixties, every tiny detail is meticulously covered from costumes to authentic period instruments; from their witty ‘Scouse’ banter to their ‘inflection perfect’ vocal mimicry. Complete with video imagery to compliment each song and a little help from their orchestral ensemble, this is a not-to-be-missed spectacular for ‘Beatlemaniacs’ of all ages. It’s not the Beatles…..but you simply won’t believe it!“Off-the-scale fabulous” – Chris Evans “Flawless!” – Mojo “Mind-boggling accuracy” – The Mail on Sunday Book Tickets

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  • 8:00 PM

    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. Book Tickets

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  • Sat 01 Apr - The Sensational 60s Experience

    7:30 PM

    THE TOUR THAT NEVER ENDS Another explosive tour. For one night only seven legendary names take to the stage and deliver to you a night never to be forgotten.Herman’s Hermits, Chris Farlowe, New Amen Corner, The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Fortunes, The Ivy League, Alan Mosca from Freddie and The DreamersThis exclusive line up from the 60’s is crammed with nostalgia & hits such as, Hermans Hermits, I’m Into Something Good, No Milk Today. Chris Farlowe, Out Of Time, Handbags and Gladrags. New Amen Corner, Bend Me Shape Me, If Paradise Is Half As Nice. The Swinging Blue Jeans, Hippy Hippy Shake, You’re No GoodThe Fortunes ‘You’ve Got Your Troubles’, ‘Here It Comes Again’ ‘Storm in a Teacup’ ‘Freedom Come, Freedom Go’ The Ivy League, Tossing And Turning, Funny How Love Can Be. Alan Mosca from Freddie and The Dreamers,You Were Made For Me. Book Tickets

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  • 7:30 PM

    When a successful New York advertising executive suffers a great tragedy, he retreats from life. While his concerned friends try desperately to reconnect with him, he seeks answers from the universe by writing letters to Love, Time and Death. But it’s not until his notes bring unexpected personal responses that he begins to understand how these constants interlock in a life fully lived, and how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty. Book Tickets

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  • Wed 05 Apr - Naomi’s Wild & Scary

    1:30 PM

    The famous children’s TV presenter Naomi Wilkinson (Naomi’s Nightmares of Nature, Wild and Weird, Live ‘n Deadly, Countryfile, Milkshake) comes to The Alban Arena this Easter holiday. The show will be packed full of fun and surprises as Naomi is joined, live on stage, by some really scary creatures, including a Carpet Python, Alligator Snapping Turtle, a giant centipede, and a tarantula! With up-close handy cam action, a giant screen and loads of interaction, you’ll have a wild, scary and fun time with Naomi in this new live show. Join Naomi as she brings alive some of her most exciting wildlife experiences from the far flung corners of the world and introduces you to some of the most fierce and frightening animals she met along the way! The show is suitable for kids of all ages and guarantees a great time for the whole family. Age guideline 5+. The famous children’s TV presenter Naomi Wilkinson (Naomi’s Nightmares of Nature, Wild and Weird, Live ‘n Deadly, Countryfile, Milkshake) comes to The Alban Arena this Easter holiday. The show will be packed full of fun and surprises as Naomi is joined, live on stage, by some really scary creatures, including a Carpet Python, Alligator Snapping Turtle, a giant centipede, and a tarantula!With up-close handy cam action, a giant screen and loads of interaction, you’ll have a wild, scary and fun time with Naomi in this new live show.Join Naomi as she brings alive some of her most exciting wildlife experiences from the far flung corners of the world and introduces you to some of the most fierce and frightening animals she met along the way!The show is suitable for kids of all ages and guarantees a great time for the whole family.Age guideline 5+. Book Tickets

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  • 7:30 PM

    Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (Natalie Portman) fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband’s historic legacy. Book Tickets

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  • Fri 07 Apr - Champions Of Magic

    7:30 PM

    Direct from a hit season in London’s West End, the world-class illusionists that make up the Champions Of Magic team return for a spectacular night of mystery that’ll keep you guessing for a long time to come. With over 20 million online views between them, and sold out shows on their 2014, 2015 and 2016 tours, the cast includes international award winners presenting incredible mind reading, stunning close-up magic and daring large-scale illusions. Champions Of Magic Trailer from Champions Of Magic on Vimeo. Witness the impossible, including disappearances, teleportation and a heart stopping finale that sees one performer walk through the spinning steel blades of a giant industrial fan, all presented with lighting and pyrotechnics to rival the biggest arena productions. “Slick, clever, funny … and amazing” Hereford Times “Spectacular family show… take a seat and prepare to be astounded, astonished and amazed” Heart FM “The appeal of magic across ages, gender, culture and ethnicity was also evident in a near-capacity crowd… as complete a variety entertainment as seen in some time” British Theatre Guide Direct from a hit season in London’s West End, the world-class illusionists that make up the Champions Of Magic team return for a spectacular night of mystery that’ll keep you guessing for a long time to come. With over 20 million online views between them, and sold out shows on their 2014, 2015 and 2016 tours, the cast includes international award winners presenting incredible mind reading, stunning close-up magic and daring large-scale illusions. Champions Of Magic Trailer from Champions Of Magic on Vimeo.Witness the impossible, including disappearances, teleportation and a heart stopping finale that sees one performer walk through the spinning steel blades of a giant industrial fan, all presented with lighting and pyrotechnics to rival the biggest arena productions.“Slick, clever, funny … and amazing” Hereford Times“Spectacular family show… take a seat and prepare to be astounded, astonished and amazed” Heart FM“The appeal of magic across ages, gender, culture and ethnicity was also evident in a near-capacity crowd… as complete a variety entertainment as seen in some time” British Theatre Guide Book Tickets

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  • 7:30 PM

    “The stage has always been my first love. Let me put that another way. I have never done anything like this before in my life. However, to travel from town to town addressing a fabulous gathering of like-minded chums each night seems to me exactly what Shakespeare would have done, had not the hefty rent at The Globe kept him in London. As a consequence, William Shakespeare toured about as frequently as Kate Bush. Well not me. I own very few theatres anymore and so I am now totally free to charge about here and there wowing the folks with my anecdotal back catalogue, games involving sausages and impressive six octave range. 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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Review Overview

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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