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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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  • Sun 21 Oct - Hertfordshire Wedding Fair

    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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  • 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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  • Fri 16 Nov - 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 hilarious celebration of the biggest and best comedians on the UK circuit.Live at the Alban Arena is your chance to see TV comedy stars you know and love, alongside discovering some new favourites destined to become stars of the future.Book your seats today for our brand new 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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  • 2:00 PM

    Front Doors Open: 1pm Auditorium: 1.30pm Show Starts: 2pm Swing into Christmas with the unique Five Star Swing Big Band show – As featured at London’s Leicester Square Theatre and BBC “Children in Need”. Enjoy all your favourite Christmas songs with the dynamic Big Band treatment from Glenn Miller, Sinatra, Basie, Nat King Cole – jazzing up those Jingle Bells! “Superb – they swing like crazy!” says Sheila Tracy, BBC. As seen at Dame Vera Lynn’s Charity Ball & Blackpool Tower Ballroom. “Swing and Song of the highest order” – Telegraph. Featuring Simone from the Ivy Benson Orchestra, and Chris Smith (Jnr) composer and arranger for the BBC Radio Big Band, Herb Miller Big Band (Glenn’s brother). Book Tickets

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  • Wed 21 Nov - Hal Cruttenden: Chubster

    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. Hal’s literally filled our screens recently on Have I Got News For You, The Apprentice: You’re Fired, Bake Off: Extra Slice, and Live at the Apollo. His daughters chose the title of his new stand-up show. He’s now on a diet ‘On top form’ -Edinburgh Evening News ‘He had the audience in stitches’ -Daily Record ‘Hilarious’ -Evening Standard ‘ Hugely talented’ -The Times ‘Go and see Hal Cruttenden’ -Daily Mirror 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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  • 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. The star of ‘Mock the Week’, ‘Live at the Apollo’ and ‘Crackerjack’ embarks on a brand-new show, in this, his last tour EVER!!! See him before he heads off… INTO THE PUNSET.“One of the funniest comedians in the world.” Craig Ferguson, CBS’ Late Late 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. Book Tickets

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  • Fri 23 Nov - Show Of Hands

    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. Expect the festival favourites along with songs from the bands’s upcoming album ‘Joint Venture’. Special guests are Alden, Dashwood and Patterson – a striking combination of guitar, fiddle, dobro and voices (with the Findlay Napier Trio on the Scottish dates). 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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  • 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. Be swept away on a magical adventure in one of the most famous classical ballets of all time – The Nutcracker. With its combination of enchanting choreography and unforgettable music, this fabulous ballet is a Christmas treat like no other.Set to Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous score, the traditional tale of The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara and her enchanted nutcracker doll. Their adventures see Clara and the Nutcracker combat the Mouse King, and join the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier on a wonderful journey through the glistening Land of Snow to a kingdom made entirely of sweets.Returning by popular demand, Vienna Festival Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker promises to delight audiences of all ages with its festive setting and light-hearted story.“The entire show was captivating from start to finish” – WELWYN HATFIELD TIMES‘’A truly spelling performance’’ – BURNLEY EXPRESS“This production looks and feels absolutely right” – WORTHING HERALD‘’The whole evening was a delight’’ – LICHFIELD LIVE 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 24 Nov - The Ultimate “Old” School Disco!

    7:00 PM

      Doors Open & Reception Events: 7pm Soul Cellar: 7.45pm Main Auditorium: 8.30pm 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.             With the Ultimate “Old” School Disco! Hosted by Graham Kentsley With the return of School favourites The “Hello Sailor” Discotheque and live music from the FAB local band The Push, playing the “End of Term” Christmas party set! Re live your school days with our Ultimate “Old” School Cheesy Disco Great 70’s and 80’s music in the main arena and the best 80’s down in the “Soul Cellar” from all our guest DJ’s Dance your regulation socks and pants off on our retro “Saturday Nite Fever” floor! School Uniform Compulsory or get sent to the Headmistress! Cap’s, ties, socks, shorts & mini pants etc all welcome …but please do leave your hockey sticks at home! Proudly wear your “Old” school Badge! Prizes for the best uniforms! 3 bars with Late licence Get into the early Christmas party spirit and join the Ultimate “End of Term” dance party of the year! — FB and Instagram : @UltimateCivicDisco Twitter: @CivicDisco Email: [email protected]  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.      With the Ultimate “Old” School Disco!Hosted by Graham KentsleyWith the return of School favourites The “Hello Sailor” Discotheque and live music from the FAB local band The Push, playing the “End of Term” Christmas party set!Re live your school days with our Ultimate “Old” School Cheesy DiscoGreat 70’s and 80’s music in the main arena and the best 80’s down in the “Soul Cellar” from all our guest DJ’sDance your regulation socks and pants off on our retro “Saturday Nite Fever” floor!School Uniform Compulsory or get sent to the Headmistress!Cap’s, ties, socks, shorts & mini pants etc all welcome …but please do leave your hockey sticks at home!Proudly wear your “Old” school Badge!Prizes for the best uniforms!3 bars with Late licenceGet into the early Christmas party spirit and join the Ultimate “End of Term” dance party of the year!—FB and Instagram : @UltimateCivicDisco Twitter: @CivicDisco Email: [email protected] 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. Topped with lashings of Christmas spirit get ready to party as That’ll Be The Day returns with its Brand New 2018 Christmas Show! The UK’s most popular Rock ‘N’ Roll variety show celebrates the festive season with all your favourite Christmas classics from the 50s, 60s & 70s, plus plenty of hilarious comedy! ‘The best Rock & Roll show on the road!’ – Time Out Website: www.thatllbetheday.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.Topped with lashings of Christmas spirit get ready to party as That’ll Be The Day returns with its Brand New 2018 Christmas Show!The UK’s most popular Rock ‘N’ Roll variety show celebrates the festive season with all your favourite Christmas classics from the 50s, 60s & 70s, plus plenty of hilarious comedy!‘The best Rock & Roll show on the road!’ – Time OutWebsite: www.thatllbetheday.com Book Tickets

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  • Wed 28 Nov - A Christmas Carol

    7:30 PM

    As told By Jacob Marley (deceased)   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. Brother Wolf presents Adapted and performed by James Hyland Music by Chris Warner In celebration of the 175th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’, join us at The Alban Arena this festive season for a special performance of James Hyland’s award-winning stage adaptation. Told from the perspective of Scrooge’s deceased business partner, this ground-breaking theatrical event has been hailed as the “definitive telling of A Christmas Carol” (Redditch Standard), and rated as one of “the top Christmas shows in London, Edinburgh and around the UK” (High 50 Culture). Recognised by The Queen for its part in Dickensian Scholarship, this “forcefully compelling masterpiece” (Manx Independent) delivers thrills, chills and excitement aplenty for all ages. Jacob Marley is dead and condemned to an eternity of carrying a heavy chain, forged in life; a life to which he can no longer return except to recount the tale of his miserly business partner, Ebenezer Scrooge, and the path that lead to his redemption. Through Marley’s words, we learn how three magical spirits opened Scrooge’s eyes and made him realise the true value of love and forgiveness. “riveting acting… stunning voice work… unforgettable” (The Stage) “Hyland is an immensely powerful actor… the kids were riveted” (The Independent)  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.Brother Wolf presents Adapted and performed by James Hyland Music by Chris WarnerIn celebration of the 175th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’, join us at The Alban Arena this festive season for a special performance of James Hyland’s award-winning stage adaptation. Told from the perspective of Scrooge’s deceased business partner, this ground-breaking theatrical event has been hailed as the “definitive telling of A Christmas Carol” (Redditch Standard), and rated as one of “the top Christmas shows in London, Edinburgh and around the UK” (High 50 Culture). Recognised by The Queen for its part in Dickensian Scholarship, this “forcefully compelling masterpiece” (Manx Independent) delivers thrills, chills and excitement aplenty for all ages.Jacob Marley is dead and condemned to an eternity of carrying a heavy chain, forged in life; a life to which he can no longer return except to recount the tale of his miserly business partner, Ebenezer Scrooge, and the path that lead to his redemption. Through Marley’s words, we learn how three magical spirits opened Scrooge’s eyes and made him realise the true value of love and forgiveness.“riveting acting… stunning voice work… unforgettable” (The Stage)“Hyland is an immensely powerful actor… the kids were riveted” (The Independent) Book Tickets

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  • 7:30 PM

    50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR – A celebration of all the hits! The Stylistics are known instantly for their many recognisable hits such as the Grammy nominated ‘You Make Me Feel Brand New’ plus numerous classics including ‘Can’t Give You Anything (But My Love), ‘Let’s Put it All together’, ‘Stop Look Listen’, ‘You are Everything’, ‘Betcha by Golly Wow’, ‘Sing Baby Sing’ and more.The Stylistics remain the real deal, fabulously entertaining and musically breathtaking, plying audiences with the hits that made them a household name. Don’t’ miss this very special 50th Anniversary show! 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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