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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 28 Oct - Paul Chowdhry

    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. Following his 2015 100 date sell-out tour, comedy powerhouse and star of Taskmaster, Live at The Apollo and Stand Up for the Week, Paul Chowdhry brings his highly anticipated new stand-up show to venues nationwide. ‘It’s a rare and joyous thing to see a stand up so vibrant and imperiously on top of his game’ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The Mail on Sunday 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. Bay City Rollers icon Les McKeown is at it again! What’s that you say? Les is back on tour, bringing his fantastic show to The Alban Arena! Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers promises to be a unique voyage back to the 1970’s, when Les and his Legendary band ruled the world’s pop charts and The Bay City Rollers’ music became the soundtrack for a generation of teenagers.Les brings back the all the thrill and excitement of Rollermania, performing all the original hits including Bye Bye Baby, Shang-a-Lang, Remember, Summerlove Sensation and Give A Little Love plus many many more as well as introducing new songs from the upcoming new Bay City Rollers album. Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers bring a new energy to all the classic hits. Special promotions are available at events on: www.lesmckeown.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 21 Nov - The Stylistics

    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. Support TBC Direct from the USA with their GREATEST HITS IN CONCERTThe Stylistics are known instantly for their 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 to your Heart’, ‘You Are Everything’, ‘Betcha By Golly Wow’ plus lots more. They are one of the most iconic and best selling soul groups in history. The Stylistics remain the real deal, fabulously entertaining and musically breathtaking, plying everyone with the hits that made them a household name. It’s a show not to be missed! 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: 6.30pm 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.Brand new stand up show from the unrivaled master of observational comedy!As seen on Mock The Week (BBC) and Dara & Ed’s Big Adventure (BBC) .Previous Tour Reviews:“A masterful display of the comics art……Comedy’s holy grail…. Go see….’ ✭✭✭✭✭Sunday Times“Byrne is at the top of his game” ✭✭✭✭ The Sunday Telegraph“It is rare for a comic to merit the word “masterful” but in this case it is no overstatement” ✭✭✭✭ The Scotsman‘Hilarious anecdotes… I assure you Ed Byrne is one comedian you should DEFINITELY see!’ ✭✭✭✭✭ Edinburgh Festivals MagazineAge Guidance 16+ Book Tickets

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  • Thu 23 Nov - John Mayall In Concert

    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.Regarded by many as blues’ most influential artist, John’s band The Bluesbreakers, launched the careers of many true legends including Eric Clapton, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Peter Green and Mick Taylor. 64 albums later and John’s captivating and authentic sound is still as vital today is it ever was.Special guest and long term collaborator, Texan guitarist Buddy Whittington makes a welcome return to the UK with The Buddy Whittington Band. After joining The Bluesbrakers in 1993, he energized the band with his unique and fiery live style. Buddy made his recording debut on the Spinning Coin album and proved to be more than equal to following in the footsteps of his illustrious predecessors. Book Tickets

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  • 7:30 PM

    Marty Wilde, Eden Kane and Mike Berry Featuring very special guest Mark Wynter With The Wildcats 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 60th anniversary in the business as he, together with Eden Kane, Mike Berry, and The Wildcats, as well as very special guest Mark Wynter, 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, Mike and Mark, 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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  • Sat 25 Nov - The Ultimate Civic Disco

    7:30 PM

    presents the Ultimate 70’s Night Fever – Dance Party 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 sees the eagerly anticipated return of the “Ultimate Civic Disco” which is the second event in a series celebrating 50 years of the Civic Disco! Re-live the mid 1970’s with a good “old school” cheesy disco, from ABBA to the Bee Gees and every thing in between!Dance your socks off on our retro “Night Fever” dance floor to the live sounds of the UCD 70’s Allstars and ABBA Re-Bjorn,while down in the the “soul cellar” our guest DJ’s will be playing all the very best dance music from the era.Get into the Christmas spirit, and join the ultimate “Disco Inferno” party of the year!All proceeds from the event will once again go towards the new St Albans Museum project – fund raising events in the main foyer from all our sponsors!Email: [email protected]: @UltimateCivicDiscoTwitter: @CivicDiscoFB: @KentsleyGraham 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 presented by The Vienna Festival Ballet. 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. 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 26 Nov - Elaine Paige in Concert

    7:30 PM

      Front Doors Open: 6.30pm Auditorium Open: 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. Support and Show Timings Elaine’s Musical Director John G Smith and his band will play a half hour set first, followed by a 20 minute interval, before Elaine, John and his band play her full set. The show will end around 10pm. — The First Lady of Musical Theatre Elaine Paige has performed live in concert all over the world. As a recording artist Elaine has released 22 solo albums, including 4 multi-Platinum and 9 Gold, has featured on 7 cast recordings and has had major worldwide hits with songs such as Memory (Cats) and I Know Him So Well (Chess.) As a musical theatre performer Elaine has made a major contribution to the modern musical. She has starred in more smash hit West End & Broadway musicals than anyone else of her generation and continues to present the hugely successful weekly BBC Radio 2 programme Elaine Paige on Sunday, which celebrates the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End, and continues to delight audiences of over 2.5 million listeners each week. This very special date at The Alban Arena see’s Elaine perform many of the hits that made her a global star and some of her favourite songs are given the Paige treatment. An unmissable evening! “Paige transfixes the audience with a succession of her trademark contemplative, emotionally powerful interpretations, interspersed with some fascinating anecdotes about her stage career” Musical Theatre Review “A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch the lady who has quite rightly been given the epithet ‘First Lady Of Musical Theatre’ in an intimate, informal concert of epic proportion! A thousand times ‘bravo!” North West End “The night as a whole was sensational, and it was an honour to witness musical theatre royalty doing what she does best.” Grapevine “With her biggest hit Memory from Cats and With One Look from Sunset Boulevard as part of the set list, it’s a moment you don’t want to miss.” ManchestersFinest “You don’t have to be a musical theatre fan to get the most out of this incredible concert.” Break A Leg  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. • One Best Seat Available Ticket to see Elaine Paige live • A Copy of Elaine Paige Book – Memories: Celebrating 40 Years in the Theatre • One Commemorative Tour Laminate • A Commemorative Signed Poster and Programme • Please note there is NO ARTIST MEET AND GREET available for this concert.Support and Show Timings Elaine’s Musical Director John G Smith and his band will play a half hour set first, followed by a 20 minute interval, before Elaine, John and his band play her full set. The show will end around 10pm.—The First Lady of Musical Theatre Elaine Paige has performed live in concert all over the world. As a recording artist Elaine has released 22 solo albums, including 4 multi-Platinum and 9 Gold, has featured on 7 cast recordings and has had major worldwide hits with songs such as Memory (Cats) and I Know Him So Well (Chess.)As a musical theatre performer Elaine has made a major contribution to the modern musical. She has starred in more smash hit West End & Broadway musicals than anyone else of her generation and continues to present the hugely successful weekly BBC Radio 2 programme Elaine Paige on Sunday, which celebrates the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End, and continues to delight audiences of over 2.5 million listeners each week.This very special date at The Alban Arena see’s Elaine perform many of the hits that made her a global star and some of her favourite songs are given the Paige treatment. An unmissable evening!“Paige transfixes the audience with a succession of her trademark contemplative, emotionally powerful interpretations, interspersed with some fascinating anecdotes about her stage career” Musical Theatre Review“A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch the lady who has quite rightly been given the epithet ‘First Lady Of Musical Theatre’ in an intimate, informal concert of epic proportion! A thousand times ‘bravo!” North West End“The night as a whole was sensational, and it was an honour to witness musical theatre royalty doing what she does best.” Grapevine“With her biggest hit Memory from Cats and With One Look from Sunset Boulevard as part of the set list, it’s a moment you don’t want to miss.” ManchestersFinest“You don’t have to be a musical theatre fan to get the most out of this incredible concert.” Break A Leg Book Tickets

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  • 1:45 PM

    Doors will open at 1.30pm for a 1.45pm start Organised by the Hertfordshire Federation of Women’s Institutes Renowned choir Hertfordshire Chorus will be giving a wonderful performance of Carols to celebrate the festive season! Come along and join in with your favourite Christmas Carols. Hertfordshire Chorus perform regularly in the UK’s major concert halls, as well as more locally in St Albans Cathedral and Hatfield House. They appear frequently with the BBC Concert and Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestras and are one of the UK’s finest symphonic choirs. www.hertfordshirechorus.org.uk Hertfordshire WI Charity Registration No: 250399 Book Tickets

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  • Tue 28 Nov - Jason Manford

    7:30 PM

    Work in Progress 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 Manford, is back with a work in progress show ahead of his national tour in 2018, which promises to feature a wealth of comedy anecdotes, misunderstandings and audience banter delivered with Jason’s likeable charm and teasingly intelligent wit. ‘Sunday Night at the Palladium’ (ITV1), ‘Live at the Apollo’ (BBC One), ‘Have I Got News For You’, (BBC One), QI (BBC Two) and ‘The Royal Variety Performance’ (ITV1) have all helped establish Jason as a nationally known comic.“Effortlessly entertaining” – Evening Standard “He’s blessed with the sort of laid-back charm and sharp turn of phrase you can’t manufacture” – Daily Telegraph Age Guidance:13+Under 16’s accompanied by an adult.Show contains some adult language and themes.www.jasonmanford.com 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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Review Overview

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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