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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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  • Fri 17 May - The Dreamboys

    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. Stalls:Rows D to G = £27.50Rows H to P = £24.50 Circle:Rows AA to BB = £24.50All Other Seats = £21.50The Dreamboys, the UK’s most famous girls night out, are back and hotter than ever with a brand new show and UK tour for 2019. The Dreamboys are without a shadow of a doubt the UK’s most famous and successful show of its kind in history. Their breath taking show spectacular has been perfectly created for hen nights, birthday parties and girls nights out with all your friends. 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 are the only show of its kind 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 hunks. An action packed 2 hour show from start to finish, these boys will literally have you begging for 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. Join us in celebrating Marty Wilde’s 80th birthday, together with Eden Kane, Mike Berry, and The Wildcats, as well as very special guest Little Miss Sixties, Nancy Ann Lee as they join forces in The Solid Gold Rock n Roll Show.The late fifties and early sixties were without doubt some of the most exciting and important years in the history of music. With the arrival of rock n’ roll, a whole new pop culture was born. Performing their own hits and collaborating live on stage, Marty, Eden and Mike, teen idols of their day, show us how rock n’ roll with its fusion of sound and rhythm shaped the style of music that we listened to then and still do today. Includes hits such as A Teenager In Love, Rubber Ball, Donna, I Don’t Know Why, Well I Ask You, Don’t You Think It’s Time, The Sunshine of Your Smile, Venus In Blue Jeans, Go Away Little Girl, and many, 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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  • Mon 17 Jun - ELO Encounter

    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. Roll over Beethoven, because the greatest tribute to Jeff Lynne’s Electric Light Orchestra is here! In an all live show featuring soaring strings, striking vocal harmonies and playing all the much loved songs from ELO’s hit-filled library including Evil Woman, Telephone Line and Don’t Bring Me Down.The ELO Encounter promises a night filled with rock, roll and Blue Skies that would make even Mozart mambo and Bach boogie! So Hold On Tight because Rock and Roll Is King in a show that is guaranteed to have you partying All Over The World.Not only flawlessly recreating the wonderful music of ELO, it’s a spectacular live show from start to finish. Stunning lights and special effects create an atmosphere that will have you fully immersed in the whole experience. As the ELO Encounter reel off ELO classic hit after hit, it’s guaranteed to have the hairs on the back of your neck dancing in time to the music!!“Your version of Mr Blue Sky was absolutely spot on. The ELO Encounter, just to go along and here these guys play, that sound, can you imagine? A brilliant night out” – Steve Scruton – BBC Radio Essex“Amazing, a fantastic band” – Tony Fisher – BBC Radio Essex“It was a fantastic performance … I’ve never seen such a standing ovation here!” Braintree Arts Theatre – Manager – Phil Pattie “Simply outstanding – sell out show – thank you ELO Encounter” – The RoadHouse Birmingham – Manager – Zoe Godber“Thank you for a fabulous show. Some have said you are the best Tribute band they have seen at the Fisher in a very very long time. Thank you.” The Fisher Theatre – Theatre Manager – Laila France“… you certainly went down a storm!” – The Quay Theatre- Manager- Sharon Buckler 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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  • 1:00 PM

        Auditorium will open 30 minutes before the show 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 Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and friends at In the Night Garden Live for a brand new show on their first ever UK theatre tour in 2019! You’ll see all your favourite characters beautifully brought to life with full-size costumes, magical puppets, and enchanting music. The show lasts just under an hour and it’s a completely new production for the very first In the Night Garden Live UK theatre tour. Now in its 10th year, In the Night Garden Live is one of the UK’s favourite family events. Over 1 million people have seen it so far and it gets 4.8 out of 5 stars based on 12,844 parents’ reviews. There are other shows for young children, but as The Independent wrote,“there’s nothing quite like In the Night Garden Live.” Pip-pip, onk-onk! Don’t miss it, book now before it’s too late!   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 Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and friends at In the Night Garden Live for a brand new show on their first ever UK theatre tour in 2019!You’ll see all your favourite characters beautifully brought to life with full-size costumes, magical puppets, and enchanting music. The show lasts just under an hour and it’s a completely new production for the very first In the Night Garden Live UK theatre tour.Now in its 10th year, In the Night Garden Live is one of the UK’s favourite family events.Over 1 million people have seen it so far and it gets 4.8 out of 5 stars based on 12,844 parents’ reviews.There are other shows for young children, but as The Independent wrote,“there’s nothing quite like In the Night Garden Live.”Pip-pip, onk-onk!Don’t miss it, book now before it’s too late! Book Tickets

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  • Fri 21 Jun - Live at the Alban Arena

    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 biggest names in stand-up, live in St Albans!Join us for our celebration of the biggest and best comedians on the UK circuit. This edition features Jason Byrne, Zoe Lyons, Adam Hess, Lou Sanders and Colin Hoult.JASON BYRNEThe biggest selling comedian at the Edinburgh Fringe, multi-award-winner Jason Byrne’s inspired, original brand of high-energy intelligent lunacy ensures that there is no other comedian like him.He’s well known to comedy fans throughout the UK after making appearances on multiple TV and radio shows, including BBC One’s Live at the Apollo, Dave’s One Night Stand and BBC Radio 4’s Just A Minute .“The outright king of live comedy” The TimesZOE LYONSAs seen on Mock The Week and Live At The Apollo. Zoe is one of the country’s most skilled performers.“Confident and razor sharp.” The ObserverADAM HESSAs seen on ITV’s Live at the Palladium, Adam Hess is shining light in UK comedy. A previous Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee, you can’t help but laugh at Adam’s infectious silliness.“For good quality gags per minute, there is no better comedian. ★★★★ IndependentLOU SANDERSLou is one of the country’s most original comedians and has recently been announced as one of the contestants on the upcoming series of Taskmaster.COLIN HOULT as ANNA MANNColin Hoult is one of the country’s finest character comedians. As his alter ego, Anna Mann, star of stage of screen, Colin has garnered a host of five-star reviews.Contains adult themes and language. The line-up is subject to change.Book your seats today for our night of fantastically funny stand-up. 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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  • 3:00 PM

    Front Doors Open: 2pm Auditorium: 2.30pm Show Starts: 3pm 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 sketches to cheerleading, ballet to street dance – let our talented students entertain you!Performing Herts has been offering classes in performing arts for eight years and prides itself on its modern, inclusive and fun training.www.performingherts.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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  • Tue 25 Jun - Mamma Mia 2 – Here We Go Again (PG)

    10:00 AM

    St Albans Film Festival presents… Free tea, coffee, squash and biscuits with every ticket. Five years after the events of Mamma Mia, Sophie prepares for the grand reopening of the Hotel Bella Donna as she learns more about her mothers past. Bring your little ones or just come along and enjoy the fun. We hope you will be singing in your seats at this lively screening filled with classic ABBA Songs. Book Tickets

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  • 2:00 PM

    St Albans Film Festival presents… Free tea, coffee and biscuits with every ticket. A cynical nightclub owner protects an old flame and her husband from Nazis in Morocco. Come relax for the afternoon and indulge in this ultimate classic romantic drama. Book Tickets

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  • Tue 25 Jun - St Albans Film Festival Launch Party: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    8:00 PM

    St Albans Film Festival 7.30pm Doors 8pm start A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Come help us open the festival in cult classic style. Don’t forget to dress up as your favourite character. Fancy dress and audience participation encouraged. 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. Both critics and fans agree that Roy G Hemmings is a great showman and dynamic singer. Understood as the longest serving former member of legendary group, The Drifters, Roy had worked alongside founder Johnny Moore for more than 10 years.He has entertained audiences around the world with his easy, relaxed style and fabulous voice in a career that spans four decades and includes appearances in several Royal Variety shows and twice at The White House for the then president Bill Clinton.As a highly respected artiste and singer he has a distinguished track record of fine stagecraft. Roy enjoyed major success when he signed a recording deal with Magnet Records in the mid- seventies with the J.A.L.N. Band, one of the first bands to storm the British charts with the dance record, ‘Disco Music, I Like It’ produced by Pete Waterman. Roy’s second solo album, ‘All Talked Out’ which includes a fine version of ‘The Drifters’ classic, ‘Like Sister and Brother’.Roy is currently touring with his “Hits Of Motown Show” and ‘The Dictionary Of Soul’ show’. Both shows feature “The Love Supremes” with they smooth harmonies and slick dance routines, add a stunning dimension to the shows.‘Roy G Hemmings Motown Show also feature songs by the DRIFTERS.This Show feature some of the classic hits Motown, by The Supremes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Lionel Ritchie to name but a few. This electrifying show features such classic hits as ‘Stop In The Name Of Love’ ‘Dancing In The Street’, ‘I Can’t Help Myself’, ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’,’My Girl ‘Reach Out I’ll Be There’ and 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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  • Thu 27 Jun - Genesis Connected

    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. Genesis Connected is a UK tribute show celebrating the music of Genesis and the biggest selling acts connected: Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins and Mike & the Mechanics.This show has an incredible mix of material, from atmospheric anthems to Chart toppers that will get the crowd dancing in the aisles. Hits spanning from the late 70’s onwards including; Turn It On Again, Slegdehammer, In The Air Tonight, Over My Shoulder, Against All Odds, That’s All, Solsbury Hill, You Can’t Hurry Love, The Living Years and many more…The frontman, Pete Bultitude, is not only an incredibly versatile vocalist, he is also a truly gifted drummer just like Phil Collins, So expect the show to include the iconic “double drums” element as featured on every Genesis and Phil Collins tour.​ 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. Like a sheet of lightning, the pulsating rhythms, pure energy and melodic music, in the Rhythm of the Dance show, has hit 50 countries around the world with audience figures of over 7 million fans during the past 20 years. Now in 2018 this global toe-tapping success continues from China to South America and from sunny Spain to snowy Siberia. Fans everywhere are enjoying 2,000 years, and more, of dance, music, songs and culture from pre-Celtic times to modern day sounds all compacted into a 2 hour concert. It’s full of flailing feet and fiddles, futuristic dances, eye catching costumes, sensational sound effects and is now one of the top 3 Irish step dance shows in the world. Apart from having World and Irish champion dancers; this show also has some of the finest Traditional musicians plus singers who are a big hit everywhere. Perhaps it’s the combination of having the crème de la crème of live performers, intertwined with the latest technology, that takes the audiences on an exhilarating and exciting, energy packed 2 hour trip through the ages and makes it so successful. 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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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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