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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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  • Tue 04 Feb - Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny

    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. Jimmy’s brand new show contains jokes about all kinds of terrible things.  Terrible things that might have affected you or people you know and love. But they’re just jokes – they are not the terrible things.  Having political correctness at a comedy show is like having health and safety at a rodeo. Now you’ve been warned, buy a ticket. jimmycarr.com | @jimmycarr | IG: jimmycarrNot suitable for under 16s 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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  • 10:00 AM

    (On hold. More details to follow) Entry from 10am St Albans CC returns for its 3rd year in 2020! Once again we will have a whole new line up of fantastic guests from your favourite TV shows, movies, gaming & comics joining us as well as a brand new array of props & vehicles! The ever awesome Jimcredible will once again be hosting our Cosplay area and we are very pleased to announce that our friends at CEX St Albans will be taking charge of our gaming area. St Albans CC returns for its 3rd year in 2020!Once again we will have a whole new line up of fantastic guests from your favourite TV shows, movies, gaming & comics joining us as well as a brand new array of props & vehicles!The ever awesome Jimcredible will once again be hosting our Cosplay area and we are very pleased to announce that our friends at CEX St Albans will be taking charge of our gaming area. Book Tickets

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  • Sat 25 Jul - The Gin To My Tonic Festival

    12:30 PM

    (On hold. More details to follow) The Gin To My Tonic Festival brings together over 100 different gins from across the UK and beyond. Each gin stocked behind the bars has been selected based on outstanding craftsmanship, delightful flavour and the most enjoyable drinking experiences. The festival is here to take you on a journey of gin discovery! What’s more, we believe gin should be served correctly which is why we offer 35ml serves (as opposed to the average 25ml) as standard! · Gin Explorer Guide · Gin Copa Glass · Glass Bag & Pen · NEW! Stainless Steel Straw · Access to 100+ Gins (and selected Vodkas and Rums) · Gin Exclusives · Delicious Premium Mixers (including Lemonade) · Gin Sampling / Ask The Experts · Access to Hot & Cold Food · Live Entertainment · Gin Party Atmosphere SESSION TIMES: Your ticket will provide you with guaranteed entry to the session of your choosing, along with a beautiful ‘Gin To My Tonic’ Copa balloon glass, tote bag, pen, and a Gin Explorer guide detailing the range of gins available and brief tasting notes. We pride ourselves on our relationships with distilleries, and are therefore delighted to be able to bring together a range of established and emerging craft gins in person to enrich your gin experience. You’ll also be able to pick their brains and discover even more about everybody’s favourite juniper-based tipple. The bar will operate on a token system with each token costing £5 for a 35ml measure of gin, garnish and an appropriate mixer. Cash and card payments are accepted. There will also be live music to get you into the party spirit. Love gin? Then join us for something totally unique! The Gin To My Tonic Festival brings together over 100 different gins from across the UK and beyond. Each gin stocked behind the bars has been selected based on outstanding craftsmanship, delightful flavour and the most enjoyable drinking experiences. The festival is here to take you on a journey of gin discovery! What’s more, we believe gin should be served correctly which is why we offer 35ml serves (as opposed to the average 25ml) as standard!· Gin Explorer Guide · Gin Copa Glass · Glass Bag & Pen · NEW! Stainless Steel Straw · Access to 100+ Gins (and selected Vodkas and Rums) · Gin Exclusives · Delicious Premium Mixers (including Lemonade) · Gin Sampling / Ask The Experts · Access to Hot & Cold Food · Live Entertainment · Gin Party AtmosphereYour ticket will provide you with guaranteed entry to the session of your choosing, along with a beautiful ‘Gin To My Tonic’ Copa balloon glass, tote bag, pen, and a Gin Explorer guide detailing the range of gins available and brief tasting notes.We pride ourselves on our relationships with distilleries, and are therefore delighted to be able to bring together a range of established and emerging craft gins in person to enrich your gin experience. You’ll also be able to pick their brains and discover even more about everybody’s favourite juniper-based tipple.The bar will operate on a token system with each token costing £5 for a 35ml measure of gin, garnish and an appropriate mixer. Cash and card payments are accepted. There will also be live music to get you into the party spirit.Love gin? Then join us for something totally unique! 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 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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  • Sat 05 Sep - Beyond the Barricade

    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. Celebrating a fantastic 21 years touring in 2020, the UK’s longest running Musical Theatre Concert Tour features past principal performers from Les Miserables and delivers over two hours of the best of Broadway and the West End, ending or course with a stunning finale from Les Mis. This brand new show for 2020 will include many of the best numbers that have made Beyond the Barricade the most popular musical theatre concert in the country. The concert features David Fawcett (Valjean) Andy Reiss (Enjolras & Resident Director for the National Tour of Les Miserables) Katie Leeming (Eponine) and Poppy Tierney (Cosette), together with a live band who capture the feel of the original orchestrations of the chosen musicals.  To this day every musical note is still played and sung live – very rare indeed. Beyond the Barricade gives musical theatre songs a bold concert format treatment – but with the conviction and intention to deliver the material as if the audience are watching the original performance. 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. They’re back at last!Dillie Keane, Adèle Anderson and Liza Pulman are heading out on tour.With a selection of old favourites, songs you haven’t heard before and some you wish you’d never heard in the first place. The songs are hilarious and topical – the glamour is unstoppable. With three Olivier Award nominations and over 25 million YouTube and Facebook hits for Cheap Flights and their incredibly rude Christmas song how can you possibly miss them?  “Cabaret Heaven” ★★★★★ Metro“Outrageous… seductive” ★★★★ Guardian“I can’t recommend this show highly enough” ★★★★★ Mail on Sunday“Hilarious” ★★★★ Telegraph“Engages the brain as well as the funny-bone” ★★★★★ TimesAge guidance: 14+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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  • Thu 01 Oct - The Bruno Mars Songbook – 24k Magic Theatre Tour

    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. Direct from the USA as seen on AMERICAN IDOL and BBC ONE’S EVEN BETTER THAN THE REAL THING.In Celebration of One of The World’s best-selling artists with over 100 Million sales and 2 Grammy Awards, Jeff Dingle with his totally captivating stage presence and incredible vocal backed by a powerhouse band and choreographed dancers presents a truly spectacular tribute to BRUNO.The show includes all of the global Superstars greatest hits including ‘Millionaire’,‘Lazy Song’, ‘Just the Way You Are’, ‘When I Was Your Man’, ‘Runaway Baby’,‘Upton Funk’, ‘Marry You’, ‘Locked Out of Heaven’, ‘Grenade’ 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. 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. Starring CJ and his Incredible Band & Dancers Michael Jackson is not only remembered as one of the most influential artists of all time, but many of today’s artists have been inspired by his iconic style. His career spanned nearly five decades of music, and he was continually at the forefront of popular music.Jackson Live in Concert now features the hugely talented ‘CJ’ recreating the Michael Jackson experience with his stunning rendition of all his favourite songs.‘CJ’ is one of the most experienced, dedicated and well-respected Michael Jackson Tribute artists in the world today, and he perfectly captures the electrifying energy of Michael’s live performances with 100% Live Vocals.He’s got the look, the moonwalk and the voice! His renditions of Thriller, Beat It and Billie Jean are truly sensational. Jackson Live in Concert brings together superb musicians and dancers, fabulous costumes, and of course all the signature dance moves associated so fondly with the undisputed King of Pop. Pure MJ! 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 05 Oct - Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

    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. Age Guidance – 12A Embark on a thrilling night of adventure with a brand-new collection of short films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival! The Banff Mountain Film Festival joins the world’s best adventure film-makers and explorers as they push themselves to the limits in the most remote and stunning corners of the globe. Witness epic human-powered feats, life-affirming challenges and mind-blowing cinematography – all on the big screen! An adrenaline-fuelled, not-to-be missed event with free prize giveaways that is guaranteed to ignite your passion for adventure, action and travel. See www.banff-uk.com for more details. This event is a screening of the red film programme. Photo Credit – Ben Tibbetts 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.Age Guidance – 12AEmbark on a thrilling night of adventure with a brand-new collection of short films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival!The Banff Mountain Film Festival joins the world’s best adventure film-makers and explorers as they push themselves to the limits in the most remote and stunning corners of the globe. Witness epic human-powered feats, life-affirming challenges and mind-blowing cinematography – all on the big screen!An adrenaline-fuelled, not-to-be missed event with free prize giveaways that is guaranteed to ignite your passion for adventure, action and travel.See www.banff-uk.com for more details. This event is a screening of the red film programme.Photo Credit – Ben Tibbetts 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. 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. Book Tickets

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  • Wed 07 Oct - Some Kinda Wonderful

    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. Featuring Noel McCalla & The Derek Nash Band QUOTES:Rarely have I heard the music of Stevie Wonder interpreted with such finesse, energy, and all-round brilliance – The House That Soul BuiltA simply fabulous show with a brilliant band. A must-see!The whole auditorium was on their feet. Go and see the show if you haven’t seen it yet!Have seen this show 5 times! Exquisite quality of musicianship, talent and authenticity. 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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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
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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