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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 01 Mar - Dave Mason

    7:30 PM

    One of the evergreens of rock, Brit Dave Mason with his band goes back in time to the start of his career with Traffic as well as performing songs that launched his solo career over five decades ago. Traffic began as a band with Steve Winwood when the two of them were just teenagers little knowing that the music they made would have such an impact this many years later. Following his stint with Traffic, Dave would go on to a highly successful career as songwriter, guitarist and solo artist. In 2004 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.Known for such hits as Feelin’ Alright (recorded first by Traffic in 1968 then Joe Cocker in 1969), Only You Know and I Know and Hole in My Shoe Dave has performed and recorded with such legends as Paul McCartney, George Harrison, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Derek and the Dominos and Delaney and Bonnie. During the 60s his contribution and involvement to the popular music scene was immense.Featuring hits and deep cuts from iconic Traffic albums, stories from Dave, plus new material and a selection of classic Mason music, Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam is a show for all fans of rock and 60s culture to witness up close a gifted songwriter, a distinctive vocalist, as well as a masterful guitarist. Book Tickets

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  • 8:00 PM

    The album, which was produced by Ethan Johns, is a stunning combination of his dynamic song-writing and playing and the sublime harmony vocals of emerging young female trio Wildwood Kin. Seth’s soaring vocals are perfectly complimented by the seamless harmonies of Wildwood Kin who also from Devon. The BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners previous albums include Mercury Prize nominated ‘Kitty Jay’ (2005), the gold-selling ‘Freedom Fields’ (2006) which featured the hit singles Lady of the Sea and The White Hare, ‘Poor Man’s Heaven (2009), ‘Hearts & Minds’ (2010), ‘Tales from the Barrel House (2011) and ‘Word of Mouth (2014). With “Ballads of the Broken Few” Seth demonstrates yet again that, far from being complacent, he is constantly exploring new and bold musical paths. He will be playing a number of dates with his band in 2017 playing tracks from the new album and live favourites from his back catalogue.The album, which was produced by Ethan Johns, is a stunning combination of his dynamic song-writing and playing and the sublime harmony vocals of emerging young female trio Wildwood Kin. Seth’s soaring vocals are perfectly complimented by the seamless harmonies of Wildwood Kin who also from Devon.The BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners previous albums include Mercury Prize nominated ‘Kitty Jay’ (2005), the gold-selling ‘Freedom Fields’ (2006) which featured the hit singles Lady of the Sea and The White Hare, ‘Poor Man’s Heaven (2009), ‘Hearts & Minds’ (2010), ‘Tales from the Barrel House (2011) and ‘Word of Mouth (2014). With “Ballads of the Broken Few” Seth demonstrates yet again that, far from being complacent, he is constantly exploring new and bold musical paths.He will be playing a number of dates with his band in 2017 playing tracks from the new album and live favourites from his back catalogue. Book Tickets

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  • Fri 03 Mar - Stewart Lee

    8:00 PM

    CONTENT PROVIDER After four years writing and performing his TV show Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, Content Provider is Stewart’s first brand new full-length show since the award-winning Carpet Remnant World.“The most consistently funny show of his brilliant career … I laughed till it hurt.” The Times ★★★★★ “Characteristically twisty and frequently brilliant” The Guardian ★★★★ “Venomously funny” Standard ★★★★ “Two marvellous misanthropic hours… there’s no-one else to touch him” Mail on Sunday ★★★★★ “The delusional ravings of a man who has lost his way in the world” Mail on Sunday ★★★★★ Age guidance: 16+ Book Tickets

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  • 1:30 PM

    Did dinosaurs eat their own families? Was every Tyrannosaur a fearsome carnivore? Why did Allosaurus headbutt its prey to death? Come and test your knowledge against Ben Garrod (the TV scientist in ‘Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur‘). With the help of TV film footage and photos of his own palaeontological dinosaur digs, he will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about dinosaurs – and more. This is an interactive show where children will be given the chance to ask questions and show off their dinosaur knowledge to the audience. Ben’s assistant will roam the auditorium with a microphone and take questions from as many children as possible. Using film footage from the BBC’s ‘Planet Dinosaur’, Ben will talk about the deadliest predators that ever roamed the planet and the ones that, 65 million years ago, would have walked right where they are sitting now.Recommended Age : 7+ Book Tickets

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  • Sat 04 Mar - Rob Beckett – Mouth of the South

    8:00 PM

    Beckett’s back with a brand-new show of funnies and he’s taking on the big issues like Kit Kats and flatbread! Star of BBC1’s Live At The Apollo, Would I Lie To You?, Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Cats Does Countdown, BBC2’s Mock The Week, ITV’s Play To The Whistle, and ITV2’s Celebrity Juice. Rob is also a host of Dave’s podcast, The Magic Sponge, alongside Jimmy Bullard and Ian Smith, as well as hosting Absolute Radio’s hit show, Rock n Roll Football. “There are hints that his eyes are set firmly on arenas that are as big as his mouth of his” Metro‘Relentlessly smiley, perpetually grinning Londoner whose unshowy, unpretentious but thoroughly funny shtick has every chance of winning him a big audience…’ Guardian“Lights up the stage with his magnetic personality (not to mention the dazzle from his teeth)” Mail on Sunday Book Tickets

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  • 11:00 AM

    11.00am – 4pmThe Hertfordshire Wedding Fair, St Albans is Hertfordshire’s premier wedding fair and is the oldest county wedding fair. Whether you are looking for the latest wedding gift ideas or a beautiful wedding venue from around Hertfordshire or beyond, this is the wedding fair to visit for inspiration. The wedding fair hosts over 70 quality exhibitors and includes some of the oldest and best known wedding companies in the region. There are two professional fashion shows at 12.30pm and 2.30pm featuring dresses from a number of bridal shops both in Hertfordshire and further afield, in addition you can view the latest menswear on the catwalk. For family members you will also see bridesmaid dresses and the latest collections for mother of the bride or mother of the groom. We hope that you will enjoy the surprise live entertainment which in the past has included everything from a string quartet to a comedian, even a brass band. The wedding fair is set in the beautiful cathedral city of St Albans, admission is free of charge for the entire bridal party and there is plenty of parking nearby. Open from 11.00am – 4.00pm and visited by over 500 brides each year this is certainly a wedding fair not too be missed. We look forward to meeting you. Please visit Wedding Fair Free Admission Book Tickets

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  • Thu 09 Mar - Annie

    7:30 PM

    Saturday Matinee 2.30pmRare Productions Youth Theatre Group bring this classic musical to St Albans.The heart-warming tale of Annie and her adventures. Deserted in an orphanage run by the wicked Miss Hannigan, Annie escapes to an easier life outside during the Great Depression where tomorrow is always brighter because of hope – and a certain stray dog, Sandy, who tags along for the fun. When she is returned to the orphanage she escapes again and her life is changed when she enters into the world of the millionaire Daddy Warbucks.For Young People wishing to perform in full scale musicals, RARE productions offers the ideal opportunity to work in the widest variety of professional theatres. RARE is the largest and most prolific youth theatre company in the UK with over twelve years experience and more than 200 productions. Book Tickets

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  • 7:30 PM

    The 50th Anniversary Tour – Celebrating Five Decades Of Music One of the industry’s true legends, 2017 will mark an astonishing 50 years since Gilbert O’Sullivan made his first foray into the music business with the release of his debut single ‘Disappear’. It launched O’Sullivan on a career that is still thriving five decades later – seeing him dominate the charts in the seventies and continue to enjoy success and acclaim to the present day. Enjoy every facet of his history in this new live show, Including classics such as Alone Again Naturally, Nothing Rhymed, Clair Matrimony and Get Down as well as songs from the latest album Latin Ala G.including ‘No Way’ and ‘I Guess Ill Always Love You’.Following the UK chart success of his Essential Collection album. In 2017 Gilbert will be back on the road to celebrate his five decades of music. Book Tickets

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  • Tue 14 Mar - Herts County Dance Festival 2017

    2:00 PM

  • 8:00 PM

    ‘The Sound of Mucus’ Using stories and other things that are secret, Count Arthur Strong, showbiz legend, pays tribute to one of the best musicals he can remember. Uniquely recreating the salient and poignant moments for your enjoyment. Plus something else. Don’t miss this amazing event.‘Just get’s funnier and funnier’ – The Guardian‘…left me light headed with delight’ – The Guardian‘…never needed to resort to toilet humour or swearing to maintain one and a half hours of pure hilarity’.Manchester Evening News.‘Delaney’s observation of Variety is superb’. The Scottish Herald‘Delaney has the gift Tommy Cooper possessed and many covet’.Liverpool Echo‘An evening of inspired lunacy’ – Brighton Argus‘His performance was flawless…’ Bristol Post‘A relentless blast of comic surprises’ – The Times Book Tickets

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  • Fri 17 Mar - Rob Brydon

    8:00 PM

    Rob Brydon is perhaps best known for the television shows Gavin and Stacey, Would I Lie To You? and The Trip as well as Marion and Geoff, Human Remains, Little Britain, The Rob Brydon Show, Best of Men, Gangster Granny and Q.I. His film work includes The Huntsman : Winter’s War, Cinderella and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Earlier this year in London’s West End he starred opposite Sir Kenneth Branagh in The Painkiller. His other theatre credits include Future Conditional at The Old Vic and A Chorus of Disapproval at The Harold Pinter Theatre.These dates are Rob Brydon’s first stand up shows since his sell out national tour and West End run of 2009. Book Tickets

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  • 7:30 PM

    Lee Hurst is back on the road with his next stand up show… Comedy Show No. 9 It’s a show, it’s the 9th one and it’s comedy. What else do you need to know? Come along for a night of laughs with that bald bloke you thought was dead. www.LeeHurst.com Twitter: @2010LeeHurstYouTube Video 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
4
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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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