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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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  • 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 Mo Gilligan, Angelos Epithemiou, Ivo Graham, Desiree Burch and John Robins.MO GILLIGANThe fastest rising name in comedy, with super stardom beckoning, brings his perfectly pitched observational comedy to St Albans. Mo Gilligan, aka @MoTheComedian, represents the future of British comedy, having recently co-hosted Channel 4’s The Big Narstie Show, guested on ITV’s The Jonathan Ross Show and sold out a lengthy West End run, Mo’s set to appear on Channel 4 with his own series in 2019, as wel las BBCT wo’s Live at the Apollo.“A genuine star – acutely observed and imaginatively delivered” ★★★★ The Times“A newfound star” ★★★★ The GuardianANGELOS EPITHEMIOUBurger van owner and cult oddity, best known for BBC Two’s Shooting Stars and his own Channel 4 series.DESIREE BURCHA New York stand-up, now successful in the UK. As seen on Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats , BBC One’s Have I Got News For You, Live At The Apollo and more. As heard on The Guilty Feminist podcast. Desiree is a former Funny Women Award-winner. “Insightful, ample charisma and a pleasingly bull-in-a-china shop approach” ★★★★ The GuardianIVO GRAHAMAs seen on the BBC’s Live At The Apollo , Mock The Week and many more. The ex-Etonian posh boy brings a relaxed charm to his highly-regarded stand-up..“On the brink of comedy’s premier league” ★★★★ Evening Standard.JOHN ROBINSHosting the night is the Edinburgh Comedy Award winner, Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week regular and Radio X co-host.Contains adult themes and language.The line-up is subject to change. 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 20 Jan - The Zombies

    7:30 PM

    With special guests Arc A Concert In Honour of Jim Rodford 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. Please join The Zombies and Arc for a concert in memory of legendary St. Albans musician Jim Rodford (bassist for Argent, The Kinks, and The Zombies among many others).The Zombies were the second U.K. band following the Beatles to score a #1 hit in America. Their live performances are a journey through time, from early hits “She’s Not There”, “Tell Her No”, and “Time of the Season”. Right to today with their Billboard-charting album Still Got That Hunger.Arc is Anya, Russell and Cara Rodford – Jim Rodford’s granddaughters and son – known for their harmony-driven covers and indie-folk originals. 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

    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 police shoot-out leaves four thieves dead during an explosive armed robbery attempt in Chicago. Their widows, Veronica, Linda, Alice and Belle have nothing in common except a debt left behind by their spouses’ criminal activities.Hoping to forge a future on their own terms, Veronica joins forces with the other three women to pull off a heist that her husband was planning.Directed by Steve McQueen from a screenplay by McQueen and Gillian Flynn, based upon the 1983 ITV series of the same name. The film features an ensemble cast consisting of Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, Jacki Weaver, Carrie Coon, Robert Duvall, and Liam Neeson. Book Tickets

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  • Tue 22 Jan - The Classic Rock Show

    7:30 PM

    Front Doors Open: 6.30pm Auditorium Opens : 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 Classic Rock Fan’s Ultimate Live Juke Box!From AC/DC to ZZ Top and everything in between, including Led Zeppelin, Dire Straits, Queen, The Eagles, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Meatloaf plus much much more.Anthem after anthem, riff after riff, solo after solo, ‘The Classic Rock Show’ brings the original recordings back to life on stage; with a huge sound and light show to match. Culminating in a show-stopping guitar duel that is definitely not to be missed.A gem of a rock show – sore throat guaranteed! 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. Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day  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.Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury.Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound.They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid.While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day Book Tickets

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  • Thu 24 Jan - Swinging at the Cotton Club

    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. Swinging at the Cotton Club: Featuring The Lindy Hop Dance Company &The Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra. Take a step back into 1920s & ’30s New York City and through the doors of Harlem’s hottest nightclub, ‘The Cotton Club’! ‘Swinging at The Cotton Club’ is the action-packed show celebrating the music and dance of the Cotton Club – New York’s most celebrated nightclub of the 1920s and ‘30s. Performances by Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Fats Waller would have had the club swinging – whilst dancers such as Bojangles Robinson and the Nicholas Brothers lit-up the stage with their breathtaking routines. In this show, the exhilarating dance and music of the Cotton Club is recreated by the fabulous Lindy Hop Dance Company, alongside The Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra, featuring American vocalist Marlene Hill and compere/vocalist Megs Etherington 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

    The Band and Corps of Drums H.M. Royal Marines 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 spectacular concert featuring classical, popular and military music; organised annually for over 30 years in aid of local and other charities by the Rotary Clubs of Radlett, St. Albans and St. Albans Verulamium.It sells out very quickly, so avoid disappointment and phone as soon as the box office opens. Thereafter from the Alban Arena. 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 26 Jan - A Luther Vandross Celebration

    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 premier show in celebration of ‘The Velvet Voice’ experience all the hits from his amazing career, culminating over 40 million album sales and eight Grammy awards including many of the greatest dance anthems and love songs ever written, fronted by international Luther Vandross tribute Harry Cambridge and his 10 piece band“Never Too Much”, “ Here and Now “, “Give Me the Reason”, ”I Really didn’t mean it”, ” Stop to Love”, “So Amazing”, ”The Best Things in Life Are Free”, ” Always and Forever”, ” Endless Love”, ”Ain’t No stoppin’ Us Now”, “Your Secret Love”, “Shine”, “The Closer I Get To You”, “Love The One You’re With”, ”Any Love”, “Superstar”, “Until You Come Back to Me”, ”Dance with My Father” 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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  • 1:30 PM

    Front Doors Open: 12.30pm & 9.30am Auditorium: 1pm & 10am Show Starts: 1.30pm & 10.30am 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. Based on the classic children’s book series by David McKee, Elmer the Patchwork Elephant is a celebration of individuality and the power of laughter!Elephants, as everyone knows, are big, have trunks, and are grey. But Elmer is a patchwork of brilliant colours! His fun-loving and cheerful personality keeps everyone in a playful mood, until the day he gets tired of being different and tries to blend in with the herd.Elmer The Patchwork Elephant Show tells the tale of an elephant that stands out – both with his patchwork-coloured skin and his sense of humour – but ultimately realizing that his friends have always valued his unique characteristics.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 31 Jan - Think Floyd

    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. This extraordinary band, dubbed the Definitive Pink Floyd Experience, are renowned for their stunning celebration of the music of one of the world’s greatest bands.  Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason describes the band as “Brilliant! – They are really good.”  In a recent interview on LBC the drummer commended Think Floyd and rather generously called them “better than we are”.2019 celebrates the 40th anniversary of The Wall, one of the best selling albums of all time and the brand new show will feature the complete album as well as the whole range of classic Pink Floyd from the Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here and much more.Think Floyd pride themselves in faithfully recreating Pink Floyd’s timeless music, backed by their dedicated team of sound and lighting engineers and an impressive laser light show, this exciting production will recreate all the atmosphere, visual magnitude and musical excellence of Pink Floyd live on stage.It’s no wonder Think Floyd are widely regarded as the UK’s number one Pink Floyd tribute show.www.thinkfloyd.net 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. The award-winning spectacular is Europe’s biggest and best-loved production of the Blues Brothers. The show is a high-octane, adrenaline-pumping musical mash-up which has jump started the legacy of Jake and Elwood for a new generation with its modern twist on this cult classic and an energy and spirit that is impossible to resist.Back with a Brand new mission for 2018 The Chicago Blues Brothers are heading for Detroit to take on some of the Biggest and most loved Motown anthems along with all the Blue Brothers classics you know and love. With hit’s from Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Sam and Dave, James Brown, The Temptations. The Four Tops, Jackson 5 and the Supremes this promises to be the biggest party show the UK has ever seen.Backed by the multi award winning CBB Band and the incredible Sweet Soul Sisters, a new stage set and state of the art full stage projection – this is one show you can’t afford to miss.The Chicago Blues Brothers is a joyous hoot, a musical riot, a juiced-up jamboree of the coolest, funkiest soul, blues and Motown hits performed with style, class and showmanship by a troupe of some of the finest entertainers working in modern musical theatre.Tight Classy and Brassy – TimeoutFun and Infectious – The StageA high octane musical mashup – Bristol Post 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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