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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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  • Sat 24 Jun - Auditions for Juvenile Ensemble Aladdin

    12:30 PM

    The Alban Arena, in partnership with Evolution Pantomimes, is looking for girls to be part of the juvenile ensemble for the spectacular pantomime Aladdin this Christmas. Book Tickets

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  • 7:30 PM

    Pam Ayres has been making the nation laugh for over 40 years. Her work is funny, and approachable. Her hair-trigger timing, her eye for the detail of everyday life, and for the absurdity therein, makes for an art that hides art. Recent radio broadcasts include Just A Minute, Loose Ends, and five of her own series of Ayres On The Air for Radio 4, and on TV the Paul O’Grady and Alan Titchmarsh shows, The TV That Made Me, Countdown, and The One Show.“Pam Ayres’ session was one of my highlights of the Hay Festival this year because I laughed so hard that my stomach ached for hours afterwards, and it is wonderful to witness a true craftswoman practice her art.”Review from Hay Festival 2015 Book Tickets

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  • Sun 25 Jun - Showtime 2017

    3:30 PM

    Come and join us at the Alban arena for a selection of songs, dances and scenes from the brilliant students at Performing Herts. From sketches to cheer-leading, ballet to street dance – let our talented students entertain you.Performing Herts has been offering classes in performing arts for 6 years and prides itself on its modern, inclusive and fun training. Book Tickets

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  • 7:30 PM

    Mad To Be Normal is a biographical film about Scottish psychiatrist RD Laing, directed by Robert Mullan and starring David Tennant, Elisabeth Moss and Michael Gambon.The film tells the story of world-renowned Scottish psychiatrist RD Laing and his unique community at Kingsley Hall, East London, during the 1960’s. Book Tickets

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  • Fri 30 Jun - The Dreamboys

    7:30 PM

    First 4 Rows “Premium Seats” = £27.50*All Other Stalls = £24.50*Circle = £22.50*The Dreamboys are without a shadow of a doubt the UK’s top Male Strip Show, perfect for a girls night out with all your friends. Their showcase is unquestionably the most famous Male Stripper act the UK has ever produced. With special guest appearances on some of the UK’s biggest TV shows such as The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Celebrity Big Brother, Loose Women, This Morning, Geordie Shore and The Only Way Is Essex, plus massive sold out Worldwide Tours, it’s no wonder The Dreamboys have earned themselves the title of the only Male Strip Group in history to have celebrity status. If you’re looking for the very best girls night out in the UK, look no further than these incredible stripping hunks. An action packed 2 hour Show from start to finish, these boys will literally have you begging for more!!! Book Tickets

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  • 7:30 PM

    Adoramus returns to The Alban Arena with a programme designed to take you deeper into the subject of love. Come with us and the Chrysalis Community Choir as our Love Classics programme journeys towards a higher love through the world of songs, choruses and arias written for the stage. The programme will feature some sparkling favourites including the Verdi’s Anvil Chorus, Wedding Music from The Sound of Music, Seasons of Love from Rent, Scene from Swan Lake with music from Aspects of Love, Oklahoma, Rent and Fiddler on the Roof. David Buckley is, as always, our entertaining and thought provoking compere.Further information www.Adoramus.com Book Tickets

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  • Thu 06 Jul - Peter Pan

    7:30 PM

    Saturday Matinee 2.30pm The legend of Peter Pan has been delighting children for over 100 years and this faithful new version is an adventure, perfect for the whole family. Featuring music and lyrics by the award-winning duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, we join Peter and the Darling family as they are whisked away to the famous land full of colourful characters including the Lost Boys, Tiger Lily and, of course, the dastardly Captain Hook. With a spectacular mix of swashbuckling adventure and an infectious score, Peter Pan is guaranteed to bring forth one’s inner child, and send you reeling “Just Beyond the Stars.”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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  • 2:30 PM

    SHOW TIMES: Starts at 2.30pm until 9pm (doors open at 1.30pm to the public)Come and be part of the biggest fitness model championships in the UK and Europe!If fitness and hard bodies is your thing then this show is for you. Categories include Fitness Model, Muscle Model, Ms Bikini, Figure, Junior and Over 35s categories and much more. More details & entry forms HEREFantastic prizes will be awarded to selected competitors, including MP Pro cards and Pro status, articles in on the Miami Pro website, professional photo-shoots and more…Plus, selected lucky models will be the FACES of the next Miami Pro Championships 2018 posters, which will be distributed to all the top gyms in the UK. Miami Pro events are dedicated to promoting fitness models. If you want to be discovered and be the next BIG name in the fitness industry, come and compete at our shows. Book Tickets

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  • Tue 11 Jul - Bon Giovi

    7:30 PM

    Bon Giovi blast onto the stage to perform the greatest hits from Bon Jovi’s extensive career, including Living On A Prayer, It’s My Life, Wanted Dead or Alive, not to mention performing rare tracks that even Bon Jovi haven’t performed for many years, as well as many others from every album ever produced in one amazing live stage show!Fronted by the UK’s leading Jon Bon Jovi impersonator Andrea Ojano this act is withoutcompromise one of the best tribute acts on the circuit today. Book Tickets

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  • 2:30 PM

    Stella Mann College present an exciting and entertaining show, crammed with exhilarating dance numbers and fun-filled musical theatre. Come see the next generation of dance and singing stars in a high-octane performance of commercial, contemporary and jazz dance, singing and acting. There will be something for all tastes and for all the family in this fast-paced whirlwind of theatre.This will be the fourteenth year that Stella Mann College will perform at the Alban Arena so come join us for this spectacular show. Book Tickets

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  • Tue 18 Jul - Going In Style (12A)

    7:30 PM

    Going in Style is a heist comedy film and directed by Zach Braff, written by Theodore Melfi, and stars Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin.Lifelong buddies Willie (Morgan Freeman), Joe (Michael Caine) and Al (Alan Arkin) decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty. Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three men risk it all by embarking on a daring adventure to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money. 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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