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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 25 Jun - A Luther Vandross Celebration

    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 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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  • 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. Sir Geoff comes to The Alban Arena! Back by popular demand after 2019’s successful tour. Geoff will talk amusingly about his illustrious WEST HAM & ENGLAND CAREER . Everyone that came in 2018 and 2019 had a great time and we have had so many requests to do it again. So here we are back on the road with his great friend and agent Terry Baker from A1 Sporting speakers once again asking the questions VIP ticket holders will have a chance to meet him and have a photograph with him before the show. The second half will be a question & answer session with the audience. T This will be a great event for football fans! 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.Sir Geoff comes to The Alban Arena!Back by popular demand after 2019’s successful tour. Geoff will talk amusingly about his illustrious WEST HAM & ENGLAND CAREER . Everyone that came in 2018 and 2019 had a great time and we have had so many requests to do it again. So here we are back on the road with his great friend and agent Terry Baker from A1 Sporting speakers once again asking the questionsVIP ticket holders will have a chance to meet him and have a photograph with him before the show. The second half will be a question & answer session with the audience. TThis will be a great event for football fans! Book Tickets

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  • Thu 04 Feb - Sir Ranulph Fiennes

    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. Named by the Guinness Book of Records as ‘the world’s greatest living explorer’, Sir Ranulph Fiennes has spent his life in pursuit of extreme adventure; inspiring generations and risking life and limb in some of the most ambitious private expeditions ever undertaken. Amongst his many record-breaking achievements, he was the first to reach both Poles, the first to cross the Antarctic and Arctic Ocean, and the first to circumnavigate the world along its polar axis – his current goal is to become the first person in the world to cross both polar ice caps and climb the highest mountain on each of the seven continents. Both light-hearted and strikingly poignant, Living Dangerously offers a personal journey through Sir Ranulph’s life, spanning his early childhood and school misdemeanours, his army life, the Transglobe Expedition and his current Global Reach Challenge; making him a pioneer of exploration with an unparalleled story to tell. 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.Named by the Guinness Book of Records as ‘the world’s greatest living explorer’, Sir Ranulph Fiennes has spent his life in pursuit of extreme adventure; inspiring generations and risking life and limb in some of the most ambitious private expeditions ever undertaken.Amongst his many record-breaking achievements, he was the first to reach both Poles, the first to cross the Antarctic and Arctic Ocean, and the first to circumnavigate the world along its polar axis – his current goal is to become the first person in the world to cross both polar ice caps and climb the highest mountain on each of the seven continents.Both light-hearted and strikingly poignant, Living Dangerously offers a personal journey through Sir Ranulph’s life, spanning his early childhood and school misdemeanours, his army life, the Transglobe Expedition and his current Global Reach Challenge; making him a pioneer of exploration with an unparalleled story to tell. Book Tickets

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  • 7:30 PM

    Front Doors Open: 6.30pm Auditorium: 7pm Show Starts: 7.30pm   Front Doors Open: 12.30pm Auditorium: 1pm Show Starts: 1.30pm   Front Doors Open: 5.30pm Auditorium: 6pm Show Starts: 6.30pm 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. £17 (best seats stalls) £15.50 (standard stall seats) £12.50 (rear of stalls)*   Concessions: Rare Productions brings their latest spectacular youth production to The Alban Arena. Featuring chart-topping Queen songs including “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Killer Queen,” “We Will Rock You,” “Somebody To Love,” “We Are the Champions,” and many more This exciting new adaptation of the West End show follows two young rebels as they restore rock ‘n’ roll to “the iPlanet” in a post-apocalyptic world. WE WILL ROCK YOU is a musical for our time: a fist-pumping, foot-stomping anthem to individuality.   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. Featuring chart-topping Queen songs including “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Killer Queen,” “We Will Rock You,” “Somebody To Love,” “We Are the Champions,” and many moreThis exciting new adaptation of the West End show follows two young rebels as they restore rock ‘n’ roll to “the iPlanet” in a post-apocalyptic world. WE WILL ROCK YOU is a musical for our time: a fist-pumping, foot-stomping anthem to individuality. Book Tickets

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  • Thu 25 Mar - David Baddiel Trolls Not The Dolls

    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 follow up to his acclaimed shows Fame: Not The Musical, and My Family: Not The Sitcom ★★★★★   Metro ★★★★ The  Guardian ★★★★   The Times Following his five-star Olivier-nominated hit My Family: Not The Sitcom and the return to number 1 of his seminal football anthem Three Lions, David Baddiel comes back to the stage with a brand new one-man show, Trolls: Not The Dolls. Trolls – the terrible people who spend all day insulting and abusing strangers for no other reason than to fill the huge gaps in their souls. There is a common wisdom about how to deal with trolls: don’t, for goodness sake, encourage these people by replying to them. It’s a good law. And it’s one that David Baddiel has consistently broken. Because David has always seen trolls as hecklers, and if a comedian gets heckled, it is their duty not to ignore the heckler, but to wittily put them down. Over the years, David has spent a lot of time doing this, which has led him to think that there might be a show in it: a show that would say something about how we live now. David has stories to tell, of the dark, terrible and hysterically absurd cyber-paths that interacting with trolls has led him down. Come with him on this comedy journey into our culture’s most dank virtual underground. You will come back safe, more able to deflect your own trolls, and only a little bit soiled. ★★★★★ The Jewish Chronicle ★★★★ The Telegraph ★★★★ The Mail on Sunday ★★★★ The Sunday Times ★★★★ Evening Standard ★★★★ The I ★★★★ Whatsonstage “Boasts side-splitting laughs and also moves people to tears” Evening Standard “Hugely funny” The Times “Compelling to watch both for its unvarnished truth and complicated affection” The Guardian “A show that bubbles with love and unexpected joie de vivre” The 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.The follow up to his acclaimed shows Fame: Not The Musical, and My Family: Not The Sitcom ★★★★★   Metro ★★★★ The  Guardian ★★★★   The TimesFollowing his five-star Olivier-nominated hit My Family: Not The Sitcom and the return to number 1 of his seminal football anthem Three Lions, David Baddiel comes back to the stage with a brand new one-man show, Trolls: Not The Dolls.Trolls – the terrible people who spend all day insulting and abusing strangers for no other reason than to fill the huge gaps in their souls. There is a common wisdom about how to deal with trolls: don’t, for goodness sake, encourage these people by replying to them.It’s a good law. And it’s one that David Baddiel has consistently broken. Because David has always seen trolls as hecklers, and if a comedian gets heckled, it is their duty not to ignore the heckler, but to wittily put them down. Over the years, David has spent a lot of time doing this, which has led him to think that there might be a show in it: a show that would say something about how we live now.David has stories to tell, of the dark, terrible and hysterically absurd cyber-paths that interacting with trolls has led him down. Come with him on this comedy journey into our culture’s most dank virtual underground. You will come back safe, more able to deflect your own trolls, and only a little bit soiled.★★★★★ The Jewish Chronicle★★★★ The Telegraph★★★★ The Mail on Sunday★★★★ The Sunday Times★★★★ Evening Standard★★★★ The I★★★★ Whatsonstage“Boasts side-splitting laughs and also moves people to tears” Evening Standard“Hugely funny” The Times“Compelling to watch both for its unvarnished truth and complicated affection” The Guardian“A show that bubbles with love and unexpected joie de vivre” The Telegraph Book Tickets

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  • 10:00 AM

      Doors open 10am – 7pm   First guest on stage at 10:30am 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. Renown Pictures and Talking Pictures TV are delighted to announce another festival of film for 2020 A truly great day out for fans of British film and TV from the 1940s, 1950s & 1960s. The day includes a variety of films, shorts and celebrity guests from the world of film and the eras we all love, on stage throughout the day. PLUS a selection of stalls selling film memorabilia, special book signings & DVDs. FULL GUEST LINE-UP AND SCREENING PROGRAMME TO BE ANNOUNCED   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.Renown Pictures and Talking Pictures TV are delighted to announce another festival of film for 2020A truly great day out for fans of British film and TV from the 1940s, 1950s & 1960s. The day includes a variety of films, shorts and celebrity guests from the world of film and the eras we all love, on stage throughout the day. PLUS a selection of stalls selling film memorabilia, special book signings & DVDs.FULL GUEST LINE-UP AND SCREENING PROGRAMME TO BE ANNOUNCED Book Tickets

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  • Wed 31 Mar - Friends the Musical

    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. Friends! The Musical Parody celebrates and pokes fun at the wacky misadventures of the group of 20-something pals we love from the hit TV show as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life, and love in 1990’s Manhattan. Friends! The Musical Parody is a fabulous good-hearted romp through our favourite moments from the hit TV show in an uncensored, hilarious, fast-paced, music-filled production. Ross, Chandler, Monica, Phoebe, Joey and Rachel, haven’t gone anywhere and are singing and dancing their way back into our hearts in Friends! The Musical Parody the first UK and Irish tour of the hilarious New York and Las Vegas hit musical that lovingly lampoons the popular TV sitcom. You’ll laugh! You’ll cry! You’ll Unagi! It’s a typical day at New York’s only coffee shop, Central Perk, until an unexpected runaway bride enters the picture and kicks the whole gang out of second gear! With friends like these, who needs television? PIVOT!  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.Friends! The Musical Parody celebrates and pokes fun at the wacky misadventures of the group of 20-something pals we love from the hit TV show as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life, and love in 1990’s Manhattan.Friends! The Musical Parody is a fabulous good-hearted romp through our favourite moments from the hit TV show in an uncensored, hilarious, fast-paced, music-filled production.Ross, Chandler, Monica, Phoebe, Joey and Rachel, haven’t gone anywhere and are singing and dancing their way back into our hearts in Friends! The Musical Parody the first UK and Irish tour of the hilarious New York and Las Vegas hit musical that lovingly lampoons the popular TV sitcom. You’ll laugh! You’ll cry! You’ll Unagi!It’s a typical day at New York’s only coffee shop, Central Perk, until an unexpected runaway bride enters the picture and kicks the whole gang out of second gear!With friends like these, who needs television? PIVOT! 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. William Hicks with his live band and three-piece female group The Supreme Dreamgirls celebrate the music of the legend that is Mr Barry White. An experience as close to the man and his music as possible featuring all the hits including Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love Babe, You’re The First My Last My Everything, Never Never Gonna Give You Up, and Love Theme.  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.William Hicks with his live band and three-piece female group The Supreme Dreamgirls celebrate the music of the legend that is Mr Barry White.An experience as close to the man and his music as possible featuring all the hits including Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love Babe, You’re The First My Last My Everything, Never Never Gonna Give You Up, and Love Theme. Book Tickets

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  • Wed 07 Apr - Shakatak

    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. 40th Anniversary Show With a career spanning more than three decades and a back catalogue packed with groove classics Shakatak have enjoyed a level of success and career longevity rarely achieved in contemporary music, in fact the year 2020 will be the 40th anniversary of the band. Because of the nature of their music their fan base is far reaching while always retaining an “underground” element. This paradox sees the band, who are known primarily as serious musicians, enjoying both high cult status and instant recognition as a household name. Their many hits include the singles Easier Said Than Done, Night Birds and Down on the Street, and they have released more than 50 CDs plus three DVDs, their brand-new cd “In the Blue Zone” has recently been released. The six-piece line-up features the four original members: Bill Sharpe, Jill Saward, Roger Odell and George Anderson.  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.With a career spanning more than three decades and a back catalogue packed with groove classics Shakatak have enjoyed a level of success and career longevity rarely achieved in contemporary music, in fact the year 2020 will be the 40th anniversary of the band.Because of the nature of their music their fan base is far reaching while always retaining an “underground” element. This paradox sees the band, who are known primarily as serious musicians, enjoying both high cult status and instant recognition as a household name.Their many hits include the singles Easier Said Than Done, Night Birds and Down on the Street, and they have released more than 50 CDs plus three DVDs, their brand-new cd “In the Blue Zone” has recently been released.The six-piece line-up features the four original members: Bill Sharpe, Jill Saward, Roger Odell and George Anderson. 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 music that filled the dancehalls during the Big Band era is brought to life again by The Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK. The hardest swinging big band in the UK recreates the million sellers of the 40’s and 50’s.

Moonlight Serenade, Little Brown Jug, Pennsylvania 6-5000 and String of Pearls are just a few of the numbers that shot band leader Glenn Miller to world stardom. Pieces from other band leaders including Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington and Count Basie not to mention songs made famous by Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin are featured in this 2 hour show which will take you down Memory Lane and start your feet tapping. A Big Band show that’s bound to get you In The Mood  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 music that filled the dancehalls during the Big Band era is brought to life again by The Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK.The hardest swinging big band in the UK recreates the million sellers of the 40’s and 50’s.

Moonlight Serenade, Little Brown Jug, Pennsylvania 6-5000 and String of Pearls are just a few of the numbers that shot band leader Glenn Miller to world stardom.Pieces from other band leaders including Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington and Count Basie not to mention songs made famous by Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin are featured in this 2 hour show which will take you down Memory Lane and start your feet tapping.A Big Band show that’s bound to get you In The Mood Book Tickets

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  • Thu 15 Apr - One Night in Dublin

    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 celebration of the music and song of Ireland Featuring award winning lively Irish band “The Wild Murphys (Best Irish Act UK – Global Entertainment awards 2018) The Wild Murphys will be playing great covers of songs from THE DUBLINERS, THE POGUES, THE SAW DOCTORS, STEVE EARLE, FLOGGING MOLLY, BRENDAN SHINE, DANIEL O’ DONNELL, NATHAN CARTER, FOSTER AND ALLEN, THE DROPKICK MURPHY’S, VAN MORRISON, THE FUREYS and many more One night in Dublin perfectly captures the spirit of a crazy night out in the live music pubs of the emerald isle (or any Irish theme pub in the world for that matter!). Middi and his band have been touring the world for the last 15 years playing in their own unique style. The Wild Murphys have also played in Greece, Spain, Germany, Ireland, Dubai, as well as extensive coverage of the whole of the UK In 2010 they came 3rd out of 38 bands competing for the title of “International Irish band of the year” in Las Vegas  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 celebration of the music and song of IrelandFeaturing award winning lively Irish band “The Wild Murphys (Best Irish Act UK – Global Entertainment awards 2018)The Wild Murphys will be playing great covers of songs from THE DUBLINERS, THE POGUES, THE SAW DOCTORS, STEVE EARLE, FLOGGING MOLLY, BRENDAN SHINE, DANIEL O’ DONNELL, NATHAN CARTER, FOSTER AND ALLEN, THE DROPKICK MURPHY’S, VAN MORRISON, THE FUREYS and many moreOne night in Dublin perfectly captures the spirit of a crazy night out in the live music pubs of the emerald isle (or any Irish theme pub in the world for that matter!). Middi and his band have been touring the world for the last 15 years playing in their own unique style.The Wild Murphys have also played in Greece, Spain, Germany, Ireland, Dubai, as well as extensive coverage of the whole of the UKIn 2010 they came 3rd out of 38 bands competing for the title of “International Irish band of the year” in Las Vegas 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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