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The Alban Arena

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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  • Fri 18 Dec - Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs

    7:00 PM

    Pantomime is back at The Alban Arena! It’s been a very difficult time for everyone but we’ve been working with our regular pantomime producers, EVOLUTION, to ensure pantomime can return bigger and better than ever before. As such, we’ve decided to change this year’s production to the greatest pantomime of them all: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Snow White will run from 3 DEC 2021 until 2 JAN 2022.We really appreciate you sticking with us through these really tough times, and we are humbled to have such a loyal and dedicated audience and can’t tell you how much we value your support! We can’t wait to see you later in the year! Please note this has been rescheduled from 4 Dec 2020 – 3 Jan 2021. 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. International tribute artiste Wayne Dilks and his band pay tribute to the late George Michael in this stunning show. The former frontman, producer of “Faith” (2017- 2018) and “Freedom!’19” returns in 2021 with his new production – “The George Michael Legacy” Wayne has been a George Michael tribute artiste for almost 20 years, dedicating his professional career to pay homage to the late pop phenomenon. He delivers his heartfelt tribute to the global superstar in a sensitive and spectacular way, receiving 5 star reviews nationwide. Join Wayne and his incredible band for a celebration of George’s fantastic 35 year career with songs from his Wham days up to his final album, Symphonica.  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.International tribute artiste Wayne Dilks and his band pay tribute to the late George Michael in this stunning show.The former frontman, producer of “Faith” (2017- 2018) and “Freedom!’19” returns in 2021 with his new production – “The George Michael Legacy”Wayne has been a George Michael tribute artiste for almost 20 years, dedicating his professional career to pay homage to the late pop phenomenon.He delivers his heartfelt tribute to the global superstar in a sensitive and spectacular way, receiving 5 star reviews nationwide.Join Wayne and his incredible band for a celebration of George’s fantastic 35 year career with songs from his Wham days up to his final album, Symphonica. Book Tickets

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  • Mon 10 May - Twirlywoos

    2:00 PM

      From the producers of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show and Sarah and Duck Live on Stage comes another enchanting show for young audiences.The Twirlywoos are setting sail around the UK to welcome young fans along for a theatrical adventure.Expect mischief, music and plenty of surprises as they share the delight of discovery. With beautifully inventive puppetry the show promises a cast full of all your favourite characters from the hit TV show Book Tickets

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  • 7:30 PM

    – In the process of being rescheduled, check back for an update    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. From the producers of the hugely popular Bon Jovi Forever ‘One Wild Night Tour’ Harder Rock Productions is Proud to bring you ‘The UK Rock Show’. Get ready to be transported back to the 80s heyday of classic rock, combining the feel of a rock festival with the atmosphere of a top end rock arena tour. Expect fireworks, flames, amazing lighting and exacting attention to detail as this amazing 5 piece band, who have numerous recording credits and having travelled the Globe extensively, recreate hits from rock gods such as Journey, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Kiss, AC/DC, Van Halen and many more! If you are a fan of live classic rock this is the show for 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.From the producers of the hugely popular Bon Jovi Forever ‘One Wild Night Tour’ Harder Rock Productions is Proud to bring you ‘The UK Rock Show’.Get ready to be transported back to the 80s heyday of classic rock, combining the feel of a rock festival with the atmosphere of a top end rock arena tour. Expect fireworks, flames, amazing lighting and exacting attention to detail as this amazing 5 piece band, who have numerous recording credits and having travelled the Globe extensively, recreate hits from rock gods such as Journey, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Kiss, AC/DC, Van Halen and many more!If you are a fan of live classic rock this is the show for you! Book Tickets

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  • Thu 27 May - A Night To Remember – The Joe Longthorne Songbook

    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.A Night To Remember – The Joe Longthorne Songbook is a show that celebrates the music and the life of the singers singer!The show features star of TV star and musical theatre Andrew Lancel – DI Neil Mason in The Bill and most recently Captain Von Trapp in the Sound of Music. He is joined by very special guest Tracey Jordan, one of Joe’s backing singers, and the Joe Longthorne Band under the directorship of Andy Mudd, Joe’s musical director.Endorsed by Joe’s husband Jamie, images of Joe and video footage of him at home and on stage will feature on screen. Tracey will also sing the duet You Don’t Bring Me Flowers with Joe as they did on many shows.The production also features all the big songs that the Joe’s fans love to hear –Mary In The Morning, Don’t Cry Out Loud, Wind Beneath My Wings, My Mother’s Eyes, If I never Sing Another Song and many more.www.aimshows.co.uk Book Tickets

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  • 8:00 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.Why pay a fortune to see ants in a stadium when for a fraction of the price you can get up close and smell the faking brilliance of the Counterfeit Stones – described as a Rolling Stones’ hooky masterpiece.Their latest fast shuffle – NOT FAKE AWAY, promises yet another night of utter Copy-Rock. Now in their 29th year, these fraud-stars continue to deliver the best “mock ‘n’ roll” show on the circuit.Packed with big hits, retro fashion, vintage guitars and a huge dollop of “Spinal Tap” humour, it’s Satis-fiction guaranteed. So “Come On” all you Honky Tonks and Pretend The Night Together! IT’S PHONEY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL AND YOU’LL LIKE IT!“The most famous Stones band in England” SIR MICK JAGGER “They’re hilarious” JERRY HALL “Four out of five stars” THE TIMES “Your contribution was much remarked upon” BUCKINGHAM PALACE “Better than the originals” THE GUARDIAN “They brought back my youth” SIR TIM RICE Book Tickets

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  • Sun 30 May - The Bowie Collective

    7:30 PM

    – In the process of being rescheduled, check back for an update  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 Journey Into The Mind Of The Rock ’n Roll Alien Take an incredible two hour trip through the finest work of David Bowie. This group of rock musicians, artists and performers recreate Bowie’s most iconic recordings in exquisite detail against a spell-binding backdrop of lights and visual magic. With glowing endorsements from the likes of Rick Wakeman and Mike Garson this exciting show is a must for Bowie fans and the Bowie-Curious! From the dark depths of isolation and fractured reality of Berlin to the sheer celebration of Let’s Dance, the amazingly accurate Bowie Collective make it their mission to give you the Bowie show you always wanted – and will never forget. “Excellent, you guys did it proud” – 
Rick Wakeman “Congratulations, the best I’ve seen” – 
Mike Garson 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 Journey Into The Mind Of The Rock ’n Roll AlienTake an incredible two hour trip through the finest work of David Bowie. This group of rock musicians, artists and performers recreate Bowie’s most iconic recordings in exquisite detail against a spell-binding backdrop of lights and visual magic.With glowing endorsements from the likes of Rick Wakeman and Mike Garson this exciting show is a must for Bowie fans and the Bowie-Curious! From the dark depths of isolation and fractured reality of Berlin to the sheer celebration of Let’s Dance, the amazingly accurate Bowie Collective make it their mission to give you the Bowie show you always wanted – and will never forget.“Excellent, you guys did it proud” – 
Rick Wakeman“Congratulations, the best I’ve seen” – 
Mike Garson Book Tickets

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  • 7:30 PM

    – In the process of being rescheduled, check back for an update    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. This is Tony Adams raw, from the heart – and the head. Inspirational captain of Arsenal, who lifted 10 trophies over three decades, and lionheart leader of England, Adams is one of the great figures of English football. Off the field, he acknowledged his alcoholism and in sobriety established the Sporting Chance clinic that continues to help sportsmen and women with addiction and mental health issues. Funny on football, wise on wider issues, Tony will deliver a revealing and entertaining experience like no other sporting figure can. In association with Jewson  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.This is Tony Adams raw, from the heart – and the head.Inspirational captain of Arsenal, who lifted 10 trophies over three decades, and lionheart leader of England, Adams is one of the great figures of English football. Off the field, he acknowledged his alcoholism and in sobriety established the Sporting Chance clinic that continues to help sportsmen and women with addiction and mental health issues.Funny on football, wise on wider issues, Tony will deliver a revealing and entertaining experience like no other sporting figure can.In association with Jewson Book Tickets

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  • Mon 07 Jun - Ian Ashpitel & Jonty Stephens as Eric & Ern

    8:00 PM

    – In the process of being rescheduled, check back for an update    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. For all the family from 8 to 108 Eric and Ern is a brilliant homage to Morecambe and Wise crammed full of those famous comedy sketches, from Grieg’s Piano concerto, Mr Memory…’Arsenal’ to the paper bag trick! From the Olivier Award nominated duo Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens, this nostalgic show evokes memories of a time when whole families would huddle around the telly on Sunday evenings. Bringing you sunshine, this show is full of Morecambe and Wise’s most loved routines, songs and sketches and who could forget the musical guest. This show hits all the right notes ‘You have the giddy out of time illusion that you are watching the legendary double-act live’ Independent ‘I never thought I’d see Morecambe and Wise live – I think I just have!’ Ben Elton  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.For all the family from 8 to 108 Eric and Ern is a brilliant homage to Morecambe and Wise crammed full of those famous comedy sketches, from Grieg’s Piano concerto, Mr Memory…’Arsenal’ to the paper bag trick!From the Olivier Award nominated duo Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens, this nostalgic show evokes memories of a time when whole families would huddle around the telly on Sunday evenings.Bringing you sunshine, this show is full of Morecambe and Wise’s most loved routines, songs and sketches and who could forget the musical guest. This show hits all the right notes‘You have the giddy out of time illusion that you are watching the legendary double-act live’ Independent‘I never thought I’d see Morecambe and Wise live – I think I just have!’ Ben Elton 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.FRANKIE’S GUYS – A Celebration of Frankie Valli & The Four SeasonsAfter five years of touring the UK and countless global performances, Frankie’s Guys have earned themselves the title of the world’s number 1 celebration of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and they certainly are the real deal! Singing for TV royalty and wowing the crowds at celebrity soirees is a weekly occurrence for this vocal super group.Loose Women’s Linda Robson said “these guys certainly know how to entertain and gave my guests the best night ever”.The show features four leading men direct from London’s West End, several of whom have toured with the global smash hit musical ‘Jersey Boys’. Charming, cheeky and extremely charismatic, Frankie’s Guys are the epitome of great live entertainment.Join the guys and their incredible band for an unforgettable night on which they will take you on a nostalgic trip down memory lane, performing timeless classics such as Big Girls Don’t Cry, Lets Hang on, Walk Like A Man, Sherry, Dec 63 and many many more. Book Tickets

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  • Mon 14 Jun - From The Jam

    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. AGMP presents “Setting Sons” 40th anniversary concert + special guests: TBC This autumn From the Jam will tour the UK celebrating the 40th Anniversary of The Jam’s 4th studio album ‘Setting Sons’. The critically acclaimed album reached #4 in the UK and was the band’s first album to enter the US charts. Succeeding ‘All Mod Cons’, the album became a commercial success, earning them their first top ten hit single – ‘The Eton Rifles’. “We can’t wait to perform the whole of ‘Setting Sons’ live” says vocalist and guitarist Russell Hastings. “The album has been noted as another one of The Jam’s best albums along with ‘All Mod Cons’. It seems that even the obscure album tracks like ‘Little Boy Soldiers’ and ‘Thick As Thieves’ are as popular when we play them live as the hit singles.” says Hastings.  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.AGMP presents“Setting Sons” 40th anniversary concert+ special guests: TBCThis autumn From the Jam will tour the UK celebrating the 40th Anniversary of The Jam’s 4th studio album ‘Setting Sons’. The critically acclaimed album reached #4 in the UK and was the band’s first album to enter the US charts. Succeeding ‘All Mod Cons’, the album became a commercial success, earning them their first top ten hit single – ‘The Eton Rifles’.“We can’t wait to perform the whole of ‘Setting Sons’ live” says vocalist and guitarist Russell Hastings. “The album has been noted as another one of The Jam’s best albums along with ‘All Mod Cons’. It seems that even the obscure album tracks like ‘Little Boy Soldiers’ and ‘Thick As Thieves’ are as popular when we play them live as the hit singles.” says Hastings. 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.A sensational show paying homage to one of Hollywood’s greatest Stars.Starring Lynda Radford and Brad Pepper with James Gutteridge and his band. 


Featuring singers and a live band, this show pays tribute to the Hollywood Legend, TV and recording artist Doris Day and includes twenty four unforgettable hits, including

“Secret Love”, “Sentimental Journey”, “Teacher’s Pet”, “Move Over Darling” and “Que Sera Sera”.Plus many more!The show also features images and projections from her glittering career.This is a show not to be missed! 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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User Rating: 3 out of 5  ( 4 reviews )

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