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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 16 Jul - 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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  • 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. Join Ed as he takes a long hard look at himself and tries to decide if he has ANY traits that are worth passing on to his children.Ed Byrne presents his brand-new masterclass in observational comedy hot on the heels of his 17/18 Touring hit, Spoiler Alert!A TV household name, in the past year Ed has appeared on Live At The Apollo (Host, BBC), Mock The Week (BBC), The Pilgrimage (BBC), Top Gear (BBC) and QI (BBC).www.edbyrne.com / TWITTER @MrEdByrne Praise For The Last Tour:✭✭✭✭✭“A one-hour tour de force performance from the master comedian”BROADWAYBABY✭✭✭✭✭“Hysterical…..a must see show. My face hurts from laughing so much!”The Student Newspaper✭✭✭✭✭“The hour is self-deprecating, never self-indulgent, and his packed audience are well entertained”SUNDAY EXPRESS✭✭✭✭✭“Expert stand up from the brilliant Ed Byrne”FRINGE BISCUIT✭✭✭✭“Thoroughly entertaining… he is a total pro and terrific company”THE TIMES✭✭✭✭“There is a reason why he has become a household name”ED FEST MAG 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 06 Dec - Sleeping Beauty

    7:00 PM

      THE PANTOMIME OF YOUR DREAMS! Don’t miss this year’s spectacular family pantomime, Sleeping Beauty starring the wonderfully wicked RITA SIMONS (EastEnders’ Roxy Mitchell) and children’s favourite ANDY DAY (CBeebies). The show will also star local legend, BOB GOLDING (back in a dress!), St Albans favourites IAN KIRKBY and JEMMA CARLISLE, and West End star, LISA DAVINA PHILLIP. Written by PAUL HENDY and produced by EVOLUTION, the same team behind last year’s Box Office smash hit, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty will have lots of audience participation, lavish sets and stunning special effects (there’s even a fire-breathing dragon!) ‘A fantastic pantomime!’ The Stage ‘Hilarious’ Pocketsizetheatre.com ‘Great family fun!’ Luton Today ‘A spectacular show!’ HertsAd.co.uk  Don’t miss this year’s spectacular family pantomime, Sleeping Beauty starring the wonderfully wicked RITA SIMONS (EastEnders’ Roxy Mitchell) and children’s favourite ANDY DAY (CBeebies). The show will also star local legend, BOB GOLDING (back in a dress!), St Albans favourites IAN KIRKBY and JEMMA CARLISLE, and West End star, LISA DAVINA PHILLIP.Written by PAUL HENDY and produced by EVOLUTION, the same team behind last year’s Box Office smash hit, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty will have lots of audience participation, lavish sets and stunning special effects (there’s even a fire-breathing dragon!)‘A fantastic pantomime!’The Stage‘Hilarious’ Pocketsizetheatre.com‘Great family fun!’ Luton Today‘A spectacular show!’ HertsAd.co.uk 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. The Good Liar is an upcoming American thriller film directed and produced by Bill Condon and written by Jeffrey Hatcher, based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Searle. Career con-man Roy (Ian McKellen) sets his sights on his latest mark: recently widowed Betty (Helen Mirren), worth millions and he means to take it all. But as the two draw closer, what should have been another simple swindle takes on the ultimate stakes. Legendary actors Mirren and McKellen star together on screen for the first time in this suspenseful drama about the secrets people keep and the lies they live.  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 Good Liar is an upcoming American thriller film directed and produced by Bill Condon and written by Jeffrey Hatcher, based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Searle.Career con-man Roy (Ian McKellen) sets his sights on his latest mark: recently widowed Betty (Helen Mirren), worth millions and he means to take it all. But as the two draw closer, what should have been another simple swindle takes on the ultimate stakes.Legendary actors Mirren and McKellen star together on screen for the first time in this suspenseful drama about the secrets people keep and the lies they live. Book Tickets

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  • Fri 10 Jan - One Night Of Queen

    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. In 2000, Gary Mullen won ITV’s “Stars In Their Eyes” Live Grand Final, with the largest number of votes ever received in the shows history. The record of 864,838 votes was more than twice that of the runner-up. The outfit have also twice rocked the prestigious BBC Proms in the Park, in front of a very enthusiastic crowd of 40,000. One Night of Queen is a spectacular live concert, recreating the look, sound, pomp and showmanship of arguably the greatest rock band of all time. This show will ROCK you! 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. Back to Bacharach celebrates the magical music of Burt Bacharach, one of the most accomplished popular composers of the 20th Century, who together with Hal David penned some of the most memorable and iconic hits that stand the test of time. This exciting production is touring throughout 2018 and into 2019 and is performed by the 3 of the finest west end singers accompanied by a live 10 piece band recreating Burt Bacharach’s timeless hits. Songs featured in the show include:Alfie, Anyone Who Had A Heart, Arthur’s Theme, Always Something There To Remind Me, Close To You, I Say A Little Prayer For You, Magic Moments, Walk On By, What’s New Pussycat?, 24 Hours from Tulsa, Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head and many more. Songs everyone will remember and fall in love with again. Back To Bacharach is a fantastic show for all ages, friends and family! The productions vocalists have performed all over the world most recently seeing them perform on tours with Strictly Come Dancing arena tour, Jesus Christ Superstar ,The Phantom of the Opera, My Fair Lady, Miss Saigon, West Side Story and Whistle Down the Wind. Our Musicians are regular performers for BBC orchestras and various touring shows throughout the U.K. and internationally, as well as recording for many famous artists. This is a first class, classy and excellent show, not many like this touring the theatre circuit. 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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  • Sun 12 Jan - Soultown USA

    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. It’s the authoritative story of soul and Motown in a brand-new for 2020 stage show spectacular. Taking you right back to where it all began – the r’n’b hits of the late 50s – on to 60s Detroit, 70s Philly and beyond. Return to time when Ike and Tina Turner were rolling on a river, The Spinners were still working their way back and the world held on for Sam and Dave. There’ll be no hurrying The Supremes and your Motown memories as the tracks of Smokey Robinson’s tears are well and truly retraced. And please: don’t be too proud to beg for more one more from The Temptations before getting your 70s boogie shoes on to hits from Rose Royce, Tavares and The Trammps. No show brings back the memories better, packing in so many solid gold hits along the way. Soul Town USA revives soul music’s golden years one last time in the must-see show of the year! www.aimshows.co.uk 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

      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 Joker is a psychological thriller film directed by Todd Phillips, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scott Silver. The film, based on DC Comics characters, stars Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker. Forever alone in a crowd, failed comedian Arthur Fleck seeks connection as he walks the streets of Gotham City. Arthur wears two masks – the one he paints for his day job as a clown, and the guise he projects in a futile attempt to feel like he’s part of the world around him. Isolated, bullied and disregarded by society, Fleck begins a slow descent into madness as he transforms into the criminal mastermind known as the Joker. Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Bill Camp, Shea Whigham, and Marc Maron appear in supporting roles.  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 Joker is a psychological thriller film directed by Todd Phillips, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scott Silver. The film, based on DC Comics characters, stars Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker.Forever alone in a crowd, failed comedian Arthur Fleck seeks connection as he walks the streets of Gotham City. Arthur wears two masks – the one he paints for his day job as a clown, and the guise he projects in a futile attempt to feel like he’s part of the world around him. Isolated, bullied and disregarded by society, Fleck begins a slow descent into madness as he transforms into the criminal mastermind known as the Joker.Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Bill Camp, Shea Whigham, and Marc Maron appear in supporting roles. Book Tickets

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  • Thu 16 Jan - An Audience with Glenn Hoddle

    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. Meet & Greet can only be purchased via the Box Office Only This is your chance to spend ‘An Evening With Glenn Hoddle’. One of Tottenham’s greatest players, Glenn came through the youth ranks at the Club to make 490 appearances in all competitions, between 1975-1987, placing him fifth in the all time appearance list. He also scored 110 goals in that time.One of, if not the most gifted players of his generation, Glenn helped Spurs win the FA Cup in 1981 and 1982 – he scored in both the initial final and the winner in the replay against QPR in 1982 – and the UEFA Cup in 1984, although he was injured for the final against Anderlecht.Glenn later returned to the Lane to manage the team between 2001-03 and also managed England, Swindon, Chelsea, Southampton and Wolves.There were so many magic moments in Glenn’s Spurs career, and you can join us for this special evening hosted by Jed Stone and will including a Q&A and Limited Meet and Greet pre show.DON’T DELAY – BOOK TODAY!We expect interest to be very high for this event so don’t hesitate – book today!Meet and Greet 18:00Show start 19:30Running time 50 : 20 : 50 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. With all the hits such as Man in Black, Walk the Line, Ring of Fire, Boy Named Sue alongside some of the darker more atmospheric songs from the later American Recordings such as The Man Comes Around and Hurt making this year’s show an emotional roller-coaster of songs through Cash’s career, packed together in one fantastic evening’s entertainment.With standing ovations every night The Johnny Cash Roadshow is the biggest and best celebration of Johnny Cash in the world today guaranteed to leave you wanting 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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  • Sat 18 Jan - The Music of Prince – New Purple 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. Celebrate the life, legacy and the music of Prince, this brilliantly funky show featuring the world class New Purple Celebration delivers a non-stop 2-hour hit packed extravaganza. Expect to see, hear and feel all of the hits from one of the most loved Artists of all time. 1999, Little Red Corvette, Purple Rain, Kiss, Diamonds And Pearls, Raspberry Beret, U Got The Look, When Doves Cry, Cream, I Wanna Be Your Lover and so many more. “An excellent night of great songs and terrific musicianship… If you’re looking for a night out this is the show to see.” Bournemouth Echo“Brilliantly funky,” Basingstoke Observer“Fantastic! As close any as any mere mortal should ever reasonably expect to get to reaching the godlike genius that was Prince. Highly recommended.” Exciting-Stuff.co.uk 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

    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.Doctor Sleep is a horror film based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King, which is a sequel to King’s 1977 novel The Shining. The film, set several decades after the events of The Shining, combines elements of the 1977 novel and its 1980 film adaptation of the same name directed by Stanley Kubrick. Doctor Sleep is written, directed, and edited by Mike Flanagan.Struggling with alcoholism, Dan Torrance (Ewan McGregor) remains traumatised by the sinister events that occurred at the Overlook Hotel when he was a child. His hope for a peaceful existence soon becomes shattered when he meets Abra, a teen who shares his extrasensory gift of the “shine.” Together, they form an unlikely alliance to battle the True Knot, a cult whose members try to feed off the shine of innocents to become immortal. 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
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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