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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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  • Thu 15 Nov - Henning Wehn: Get On With It

    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. You couldn’t make it up; surely the German Comedy Ambassador Henning Wehn hasn’t bosched out yet another new show? And what’s he still doing here anyway? Well, his lack of transferable skills is what keeps him here and his belief that practise makes perfect is what keeps him going.This show is a much needed call to arms. Listen, everyone: stop pondering and hand-wringing. Instead get on your bike and put your face to the grindstone!“As subtle as Schumacher on Battiston” some bloke on TwitterHenning’s most recent television and radio appearances include “Live At The Apollo” BBC2, “Have I Got News For You” BBC1, “Would I Lie To You” BBC1, “Fighting Talk” BBC Radio 5 Live and “The Unbelievable Truth” BBC Radio 4.“Wehn wraps his vowels around the issues of immigration and identity. And he triumphs at it” The Times 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 21 Apr - Heather Small

    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. Even though Heather battled with shyness and severe nerves, she joined her first band Hot!House who released two albums in the late 80’s.As Part of M People, hits such as ‘Moving On Up’, ‘One Night In Heaven’ and ‘Search For The Hero’ and albums like Elegant Slumming, Bizarre Fruit and Fresco achieving massive worldwide success, Heather became one of the seminal British voices of the 1990s, with the band winning the Best British Dance Act Award at the Brits in 1994 and 1995, as well as the Mercury Music Prize for Elegant Slumming.Heather has since had great successes with two solo albums – the title track of her ‘Proud’ album has gone on to become the soundtrack to a whole host of very special events including London’s successful 2012 Olympic bid, the 60th anniversary of VE Day in Trafalgar Square, the launch of Queen Mary 2, the Tsunami Relief Concert, England’s victory at the Rugby World Cup celebrations, and the official ceremony marking the handover of the Olympic Games from Beijing to London.And when Oprah Winfrey was looking for a song to sum up the work she’d been striving to achieve over her twenty-year career, she got in touch with Heather, who somehow managed to squeeze in a trip across the Atlantic to perform on the show right in the middle of her last UK tour with M People (‘If Oprah calls, you go!’ she laughs, adding that the first lady of chat was ‘very sweet to me’).In 2008, Heather embarked on a journey that would see her dance her way into the public’s affection as she became a contestant in Series 6 of the BBC’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. Heather’s infectious personality and her trademark sense of humour earned her appearances on a number of TV news and chat shows including Paul O’Grady, Alan Titchmarsh, GMTV, BBC Breakfast, The Wright Stuff, Newsnight, as well as special appearances on The Weakest Link and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?Well known for her charitable work, Heather was recently made an ambassador for the children’s charity Barnardo’s and is continually involved with fundraising and helping lend her valuable support to projects around the country.So what gives Heather the impetus to keep moving forward, to keep challenging herself, to keep trying new things and not resting on her laurels? ‘If you got the feeling I do when I sing’ she smiles, ‘you’d understand’. 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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  • 1:30 PM

    Auditorium will open 30 minutes before the show After a successful debut tour, Dear Zoo the timeless children’s classic book returns to the stage in 2019!Rod Campbell’s best-selling lift the flap book has delighted generations of young readers since it was first published in 1982 and has sold more than 8 million copies worldwide!This production will delight all those who have read the book (both young and old) as it unfolds with child-engaging puppets, music and lots of audience interaction.Join us at your local theatre to see what the zoo has sent: the perfect pet – in the end!#DearZooLive‘A must-see for fans of the book, and for any young child who likes animals!’ ★★★★★ Whatsgoodtodo.co.uk‘A superb theatrical production’ ★★★★★ My Theatre Mates‘This show is the perfect running time and there’s no interval, so momentum isn’t lost. If you’re looking for a family trip to the theatre, this is one of the best.’ ★★★★★ Entertainmentviews.co.ukThe play is for children aged 2 years and upwards. Book Tickets

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  • Thu 25 Apr - The Illegal Eagles

    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 Official No.1 Eagles tribute return in 2019 for more stunning vocals, tight harmonies and awesome guitar riffs!Described as ‘flawless’ by The Express, The Illegal Eagles are internationally renowned for their outstanding ability to recreate the Eagles’ distinctive sound with both flare and incredible authenticity.Featuring all the classics including Hotel California, Take it to the Limit, Life in the Fast Lane, Take It Easy, Lyin’ Eyes, and 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. Without doubt the most explosive 60’s show touring the UK, returns to St Albans for one night only. With a brand new production for 2019, The Sensational 60’s Experience brings you a three hour extravaganza of pure 1960’s nostalgia. Six legendary names take to the stage and deliver to you a night never to be forgotten where you’ll find it impossible to remain in your seat. With the definite feel good factor this is must see 60’s show for 2019. Starring Mike Pender (Original voice of The Searchers) Chris Farlowe, Herman’s Hermits, The Swinging Blue Jeans, New Amen Corner and The Fourmost. Hits include Needles and Pins, Out Of Time, I’m Into Something Good, Hippy Hippy Shake, Bend Me Shape Me, A Little Lovin, plus many more. Step back in time to when pop music was at its very best.BOOK EARLY TO GUARANTEE YOUR SEAT 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 27 Apr - Coppelia

    2:30 PM

    Front Doors Open: 1.30pm Auditorium: 2pm Show Starts: 2.30pm 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 lively production, infused with old world charm, Coppélia appeals to audiences of all ages with its captivating story of an eccentric toymaker and his beloved doll. The colourful costumes, lively characters and beautiful music from Delibes all combine to create a magical and comical classic that warms and entertains from start to finish. Coppélia is guaranteed to lift the hearts of all the family.VFB’s eternal production of Coppélia embellishes the original E.T.A. Hoffmann tale with fabulous dancing and beautiful storytelling. We follow the adventures of old Dr. Coppelius and his prized doll, and the two lovers, Swanhilda and Franz on an enchanting evening of mischief, frivolity and a lovers‘ tiff.Returning by popular demand, Vienna Festival Ballet’s production of Coppélia promises to delight audiences of all ages.‘The entire show was captivating from start to finish.” – Welwyn Hatfield Times“A truly spellbinding performance!”- Burnley Express“talented array of young artistes”- Oxford Times 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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  • 7:00 PM

    Doors 7.00pm – till 12.30 The Ultimate Civic Disco! with…The Ultimate Thriller Night!Featuring the music and videos of the KING OF POP – Michael Jackson!Watch all your favourite MJ videos again from the Jackson 5 to Bad, while dancing the night away to the very best music from the King of Pop and other great music and videos and TV clips from the 70’s 80’s and 90’s, with our big screen videotheque!Hosted once again by Graham Kentsley and all the Dirty Dozen DJ’sGet into the party spirit and join the mass Zombie dance when we show “Close to Midnight” MJ’s classic full length Thriller video!Get the Afro out!Do the moon walk…Get those white gloves on!Its a MJ party nite to remember!Great 70’s 80’s music in the main arena and the best 80’s and 90’s down in the “Soul Cellar” from all our guest DJ’s Steve Tony and Matt – plus learn to do the Zombie dance with a master class down in the Soul Cellar!All proceeds from the event will once again go towards the new St Albans Museum project – doors will open at 7.00 with some fun fund raising events in the main foyer from all our sponsors!3 bars with late licence.FB and Instagram: @UltimateCivicDiscoTwitter: @CivicDiscoEmail: [email protected] Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/284150798884370/?ti=icl Book Tickets

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  • Tue 30 Apr - Our House

    7:45 PM

    Saturday Matinee 2.30pm 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. Following the spectacular sell-out production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the award winning St Albans Musical Theatre Company returns to the Alban Arena with the Madness musical Our House!On the night of his 16th birthday, Joe Casey takes the girl of his dreams, Sarah, out on their first date. In an effort to impress her with bravado, Joe breaks into a building site overlooking his home on Casey Street. When the police turn up, a split-second decision forces him to choose between himself and his heart as the story splits in two: one which sees Joe stay to face the music, and the other which sees him flee and leave Sarah to run from the police. As two very different paths unfold before him, the consequences of that choice will change his life forever.The show features Madness favourites such as Our House, Baggy Trousers, My Girl, Driving in My Car, The Wings of a Dove and the all-time classic It Must Be Love. So, Madness fans young and old, to save yourselves any Embarrassment, put on your Baggy Trousers, get Driving In your Car and go down to the House Of Fun! For more information on St Albans Musical Theatre Company please visit www.samtc.org.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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  • 1:30 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.Phillip is a wealthy quadriplegic who needs a caretaker to help him with his day to day routine in his New York penthouse. He decides to hire Dell, a struggling parolee who’s trying to reconnect with his ex and his young son. Despite coming from two different worlds, an unlikely friendship starts to blossom as Dell and Phillip rediscover the joy of living life to the fullest. Book Tickets

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  • Tue 07 May - Rich Hall’s Hoedown

    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. Rich Hall’s critically acclaimed new show begins its second leg of touring. There has never been a better time to be an American comedian in the UK. Hall’s precision dismantling of the tenuous relationship between two countries is as freewheeling and deadly accurate as ever. His BBC Four documentaries, most recently Rich Hall’s Countrier Than You and Rich Hall’s Presidential Grudge Match and BBC Radio 4 series Rich Hall’s (US Election) Breakdown have built him a new legion of followers, as has appearances on Have I Got News For You and QI. But if you’ve only ever seen Hall on TV, you’ve short-changed yourself. “As close as it gets to a guaranteed good show” -Scotland on SundayThe Hoedown begins as a withering dissection of Trump’s America, but ends up being a celebration of Americana. There’s stand-up, improvised ballads, cracking good musicianship, and ultimately a hilarious, foot-stomping, sh*t-kicking good time to be had by all. Even if you don’t own a hoe. “Blissfully Funny” – Guardian 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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  • 5:30 PM

    5.30pm Limited to just 30 per show – Can ONLY be purchased with a top price ticket (£42.50) costing a total of £57.50 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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