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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 20 Oct - Milkshake Live!

    12:00 PM

    Front Doors Open: 11am Auditorium: 11.30am Show Starts: 12pm Front Doors Open: 2.30pm Auditorium: 3pm Show Starts: 3.30pm 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 Milkshake! favourites; Bob the Builder, Little Princess, Noddy, Fireman Sam, Shimmer & Shine, Pip from Pip Ahoy!, Winnie and Wilbur, Wissper, Milkshake’s very own Milkshake! Monkey and two Milkshake! presenters, this all singing, all dancing, musical masterpiece, will take audiences on a journey through the world’s favourite fairy tales.Set amongst Milkshake’s magical bookcase, this brilliant live show is sure to amaze and delight! The Milkshake! cast will be singing songs and sharing stories that audience members, young and old, will know and love.​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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  • 11:00 AM

    11.00am – 4pm Free Admission The 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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  • Mon 22 Oct - Neil Oliver

    7:30 PM

    The Story of The British Isles in 100 places 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. Neil was born to love Great Britain. During his 20 years travelling to every corner, and whilst filming BBC2’s ‘Coast’, he’s fallen in love all over again. From north to south, east to west it cradles astonishing beauty. The human story here is a million years old, and counting. The tolerant, easy-going peace we enjoy has been hard won and the places Neil’s seen have given him a unique view and understanding of British history.Hear in his amusing and entertaining way what it all means to him, and why we need to cherish and celebrate our wonderful countries.‘The History of Britain in 100 Places’ 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. Jason is delighted to announce that he is extending his Amazing Midlife Crisis Tour this autumn. This is a tour with a twist! These intimate evenings will be a unique opportunity to see him like you’ve never seen him before!Celebrating his 50th birthday and with a wealth of tantalising tales under his belt, this autobiographical show will zigzag back and forth through his life, with stories about Neighbours, Ten Good Reasons, Kylie, Joseph, I’m A Celebrity, Strictly and much, much more.Hear some new stories (and possibly one or two you’ve heard before) plus some of the songs you know and love for a night like no other! 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 24 Oct - A Beautiful Noise

    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. Fisher Sevens celebrates the life and music of Neil Diamond Award winning Fisher Stevens celebrates the life and music of Neil Diamond, one of the world’s greatest ever singer songwriters in A Beautiful Noise. With Stevens’ extraordinary vocal range, relaxed sense of humour and stage presence, live band and backing singers this is the ultimate musical journey that all Diamond fans, old and new have been waiting for.  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.Award winning Fisher Stevens celebrates the life and music of Neil Diamond, one of the world’s greatest ever singer songwriters in A Beautiful Noise.With Stevens’ extraordinary vocal range, relaxed sense of humour and stage presence, live band and backing singers this is the ultimate musical journey that all Diamond fans, old and new have been waiting for. 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. A stunning celebration of the music and life of one of the greatest singers of our time. This award winning production features a sensational line-up of musicians and artistes, and together with a powerhouse and breath-taking performance in the spirit of Whitney, deliver a show that exceeds expectation on every level.Taking us on a magical rollercoaster ride through three decades of classic hit’s that include, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, One Moment In Time, I’m Every Woman, My Love is Your Love, So Emotional Baby, Run to You, Saving All My Love, I will Always Love You, and many more, this show beautifully remembers the most highly awarded female artiste in the world ever!Whitney’s one true legacy was her music which touched most of us at some time in our lives. Share her life and get ready for the greatest love of all in Queen of the Night!“Spellbinding, the company delivered a flawless performance and captured the hearts of the sold out His Majesty’s Theatre” – Rita Brown. The PRESS & JOURNAL. Aberdeen. 15/4/16“Hearts were pounding, feet tapping, people were feeling so good. It was a great performance and night; a must-see for Whitney fans.” – Danielle Travis. The NEWS (Portsmouth & Southsea) 16/6/16“Mightily impressive… this top notch show is a celebration of Whitney’s music and a fine and fitting way to ensure it lives on” – Simon Duke. 2/12/16 CHRONICLE LIVE / The Sage – Gateshead.“Masterly recreated for the stage. A fantastic show with a tightness than can only be achieved after long hard sessions in the rehearsal room”. – Owen J Lewis. 3/2/17 www.loveshrewsbury.com 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 26 Oct - Jackson Live In Concert

    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. Starring CJ and his Incredible Band & DancersMichael 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, one of the most dedicated, the most experienced 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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  • 7:30 PM

    Performed by Gary Mullen & The Works Front Doors Open: 6.30pm Auditorium: 7pm 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. Performed by – GARY MULLEN AND THE WORKSIn 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. Gary began touring on his own and in 2002 formed a band ‘The Works’, to pay tribute to rock legends Queen. 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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  • Sun 28 Oct - Miami Pro Universe Championships

    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. Miami Pro is back with our annual and very popular Miami Pro UNIVERSE Championships event, so mark your calendars and get ready for another spectacular fitness extravaganza. Come and win your MP Pro card and Pro status at this event. Competitors from all over the world are invited to compete at this prestigious event. Come and rub shoulders with the fitness stars and top fitness models and see who will be crowned the next Miami Pro UNIVERSE Championships. If fitness and hard bodies is your thing, then this show is for you! There will be plenty of media coverage and magazine coverage from Muscle & Fitness and FLEX magazine plus more .If you want to be discovered and be the next BIG name in the fitness industry, come and compete at this show. This event is open to all levels, and you don’t have to qualify to enter, simply enter here  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.Miami Pro is back with our annual and very popular Miami Pro UNIVERSE Championships event, so mark your calendars and get ready for another spectacular fitness extravaganza.Come and win your MP Pro card and Pro status at this event.Competitors from all over the world are invited to compete at this prestigious event. Come and rub shoulders with the fitness stars and top fitness models and see who will be crowned the next Miami Pro UNIVERSE Championships. If fitness and hard bodies is your thing, then this show is for you!There will be plenty of media coverage and magazine coverage from Muscle & Fitness and FLEX magazine plus more .If you want to be discovered and be the next BIG name in the fitness industry, come and compete at this show. This event is open to all levels, and you don’t have to qualify to enter, simply enter here Book Tickets

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  • 8:00 PM

    Front Doors Open: 7pm Auditorium: 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.Who is El Hablador? It’s Ross Noble. No, but who is the one they call El Hablador? I just said, it is Ross Noble. You know? Long hair, does stand up where he dances about the stage, spinning out all the nonsense in his head into a show.But what is the legend of El Hablador? I don’t think it’s a thing. It’s clearly Ross coming up with a name for his show, so he can make out like he is some sort of mysterious shadowy figure.Ok I get it.Book now to see the one they call El Hablador* *Ross is the only one that calls himself El Hablador. Presented by Mick Perrin WorldwideRecommended 15+ Book Tickets

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  • Thu 01 Nov - Little Baby Bum

    12:00 PM

    Thursday 12.00pm & 2.00pm Friday 10.30am & 2.00pm Saturday 10.30am & 2.00pm (A ticket must be purchased for children over 18 months old)Step into the magical and colourful world of LITTLE BABY BUM. Join Mia, Jacus, Twinkle and their Nursery Rhyme friends at the world premiere of a brand new LIVE show. An online and digital TV sensation, Little Baby Bum is the world’s largest educational YouTube channel with over 21 million subscribers and 20 billion views. 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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