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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 03 Mar - Stewart Lee

    8:00 PM

    CONTENT PROVIDER After four years writing and performing his TV show Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, Content Provider is Stewart’s first brand new full-length show since the award-winning Carpet Remnant World.“The most consistently funny show of his brilliant career … I laughed till it hurt.” The Times ★★★★★ “Characteristically twisty and frequently brilliant” The Guardian ★★★★ “Venomously funny” Standard ★★★★ “Two marvellous misanthropic hours… there’s no-one else to touch him” Mail on Sunday ★★★★★ “The delusional ravings of a man who has lost his way in the world” Mail on Sunday ★★★★★ Age guidance: 16+ Book Tickets

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  • 7:30 PM

    First 4 Rows “Premium Seats” = £27.50*All Other Stalls = £24.50*Circle = £22.50*The Dreamboys are without a shadow of a doubt the UK’s top Male Strip Show, perfect for a girls night out with all your friends. Their showcase is unquestionably the most famous Male Stripper act the UK has ever produced. 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 have earned themselves the title of the only Male Strip Group 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 stripping hunks. An action packed 2 hour Show from start to finish, these boys will literally have you begging for more!!! Book Tickets

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  • Wed 27 Sep - St Albans Beer & Cider Festival 2017

    11:00 AM

    Opening times and admission: Wednesday & Thursday11.00am – 11.00pm£3.00 (CAMRA members free)Friday & Saturday11.00am – 11.00pm£5.00 (CAMRA members free)Seven bars with up to 350 real ales, 50 ciders and perries, 50 bottle conditioned beers and 80 foreign beers from all over the world plus hot and cold food stands, breweriana auctions and our famous quiz on Saturday afternoon with superb prizes.Live music:Thursday evening: The Slaves (http://www.theslaves.net/)Saturday lunchtime: Lilac Sheer (https://www.lilacsheer.com/)Saturday evening: Dr Feelgood (http://www.drfeelgood.org/)For more information:Web: stalbansbeerfestival.org.uk.Facebook: https:www.facebook.com/stalbansbeerfestival.Twitter: @stalbansbf Book Tickets

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  • 7:30 PM

    Dancing through the 50’s Live on stage with BBC Radio Two’s Leo Green with musicians, dancers and singers Jay McGuiness, Natalie Lowe and Louis Smith will swing, bop, jitterbug, lindy hop, jive and ballroom through the greatest songs from the greatest decade of music! The music in the show spans various styles from romantic ballads and crooner songs through to classic pop hits and the shattering world of rock ’n’ roll. Includes: Smile, Mona Lisa, Cry, Unforgettable, When I Fall In Love, One For My Baby, Wonderful World, Mambo Italiano, Fly Me To The Moon, Young & Foolish, My Baby Just Cares, That’ll Be The Day, Summertime Blues, Only You, The Great Pretender, Fools fall In Love, You Send Me, Hound Dog, Bye Bye Love, C’Mon Everybody, I Only Have Eyes For You. “If you loved Dreamboats & Petticoats, That’ll Be The Day, with a little twist of Strictly then this is the show for you!” The Greatest Songs from The Greatest Decade!   TWO STRICTLY CHAMPIONS TOGETHER WITH ONE STRICTLY PROFESSIONALLive on stage with BBC Radio Two’s Leo Green with musicians, dancers and singersJay McGuiness, Natalie Lowe and Louis Smith will swing, bop, jitterbug, lindy hop, jive and ballroom through the greatest songs from the greatest decade of music! The music in the show spans various styles from romantic ballads and crooner songs through to classic pop hits and the shattering world of rock ’n’ roll.Includes: Smile, Mona Lisa, Cry, Unforgettable, When I Fall In Love, One For My Baby, Wonderful World, Mambo Italiano, Fly Me To The Moon, Young & Foolish, My Baby Just Cares, That’ll Be The Day, Summertime Blues, Only You, The Great Pretender, Fools fall In Love, You Send Me, Hound Dog, Bye Bye Love, C’Mon Everybody, I Only Have Eyes For You.“If you loved Dreamboats & Petticoats, That’ll Be The Day, with a little twist of Strictly then this is the show for you!”The Greatest Songs from The Greatest Decade!  Book Tickets

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  • Thu 05 Oct - Joel Dommett Live 2017

    8:00 PM

    14+ (Parental Guidance) Likely to be swearing and adult contentOne of the UK’s most energetic and exciting comedians returns to the road with his solo show, Joel Dommett: LIVE. Catch the star of 2016’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and Sky1’s Bring The Noise as he delivers his high octane comedy to venues up and down the country.Joel came onto the comedy scene in 2007 and has never looked back. After receiving great critical acclaim for his Edinburgh Fringe shows, he has gone on to appear in numerous television shows including; Impractical Jokers (BBC3), Reality Bites (ITV2), Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC), Drunk History (Comedy Central), and has performed in acting roles for Popatron (BBC2) and Skins (E4).★★★★★ Time Out‘Simply hilarious and highly recommended.’ ★★★★★ ThreeWeeks‘Dommett’s enthusiasm is infectious and the patter hilarious.’ Metro Book Tickets

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  • 7:30 PM

    Autographed poster T-shirt Lapel pin Tote bag Magnet set Live Nation / Kennedy Street are delighted to announce that legendary singer-songwriter Justin Hayward will tour the UK in support of his latest album release All The Way. The possessor of one of the most recognisable voices in rock, Justin will be performing new songs from the album as well as Moody Blues favourites.All The Way includes the newly released single The Wind of Heaven, a heartfelt song about a wounded warrior who has left his soul on the battlefield and is having a difficult time adjusting to being home. The song is dedicated to all of those who have served their country. The song has received standing ovations worldwide. Justin himself said, “I’m always so thrilled to have the opportunity to tour in the UK, particularly at this time in in my career when no one knows what the future holds. I’m bringing my ‘song writing’ guitars from home on the road with me, so the gigs will have the feel and sound of my music room along with the vibe I was feeling as I wrote the songs. I look forward to singing and playing new songs and old songs, particularly Forever Autumn, which I only get to perform in my solo show, and The Wind Of Heaven from the forthcoming movie, and also to tell the real stories behind all the songs and the events that surrounded them at the time. It’s a joy to share a stage with such wonderful young and inspiring talents as Mike Dawes (one of a new generation of brilliant young guitar masters – worth the price of admission alone) and Julie Ragins, a truly exceptional musician and singer. She and I have shared stages all over the world for many years, loving the music we play, both with the Moody Blues and solo. I look forward to seeing you on the road”. Book Tickets

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  • Sat 07 Oct - 60’s Gold 2017

    3:00 PM

    The “More Than 50 Hits” Line-Up Gerry and The Pacemakers The Searchers Brian Poole and The Tremeloes Love Affair’s – Steve Ellis Vanity Fare Following last years’ successful tour, Sixties Gold returns with an even stronger line-up of artists that, between them, scored over 50 UK Top 30 hits.This will be Gerry and The Pacemakers’ farewell tour, so don’t miss this chance to experience this record breaking Merseybeat band. They were the second Liverpool group to chart, after The Beatles, but the first to reach No. 1 and the first act ever to top the chart with their first three singles.Also from Liverpool, where it all started, and tipped to be as big as The Beatles, The Searchers’ first single went to No. 1 and led to five more Top 5 hits and a total of 128 weeks in the charts and sales in excess of 50 million.Brian Poole and The Tremeloes, featuring original members Brian Poole, Chip Hawkes and Dave Munden, the band that broke the Liverpool stranglehold and went on to have 21 hits that spent over 220 weeks in the UK charts.Steve Ellis, the original lead vocalist and founder of Love Affair who had five Top 20 singles, including their No. 1 Everlasting Love.Finally, Vanity Fare, scored with three top 20 hits in the late sixties, including their catchy ‘Hitchin’ A Ride. Book Tickets

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  • 10:00 AM

    10.30am registration11am – 12.30pm (ages 8 – 12)12.30pm – 2pm (ages 13 – 21)You do not need to book a time slot just arrive anytime during the audition.You do not need to prepare anything. You do need to wear comfortable clothing and footwear suitable for dancing.After a tornado whisks away a young Kansas farm girl, Dorothy, to the magical land of OZ, she starts her quest to find the mighty Wizard of Oz who has the power to send her home. Along the way she meets a Scarecrow, a Tin Woodsman and a Cowardly Lion who help her on her journey. Including many of the songs from the famous MGM musical.You only need to attend one audition and a show fee is payable by all successful applicants. Book Tickets

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  • Tue 10 Oct - Dunkirk (12A)

    7:30 PM

      Dunkirk (12A) is an English war film, written, co-produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Harry Styles and Tom Hardy.  Dunkirk (12A) is an English war film, written, co-produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Harry Styles and Tom Hardy. Book Tickets

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  • 7:30 PM

    Following on from her smash hit 2016 tour Lulu returns with her biggest tour yet!There is one overriding influence in the life of this acclaimed singer, songwriter, actress, businesswoman, Grammy and Novello Award nominee, and that is, it has always been ‘All About the Music’ Lulu delivers a show packed full of her hits, new songs and songs that have influenced and guided her throughout her incredible career.“I toured for the first time in 15 years in 2015 and haven’t stopped since. I absolutely love playing live and can’t wait to be out on the road again in autumn this year performing the music that I have shared with you throughout my career…it has always been all about the music…so please come and join me” Love LuluHere is what some of the papers had to say about her recent tours…“The thrill is there as Lulu relights the fire…outstanding as her voice soared the auditorium.” The Nottingham Post“Her voice has lost none of its sassy, soulful crackle and the original songs are smart, intelligent and seductive.” The TimesStand back, Florence and Paloma, Lulu has re-lit her fire. York Presshttp://www.luluofficial.com Book Tickets

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  • Fri 13 Oct - Chas & Dave

    7:30 PM

    With support from The Jackie Lynton Band Chas & Dave began writing and performing songs together in 1972, having been friends since the early sixties. Now celebrating their 50th Anniversary by recording their first original album in 27 years which is a mixture of vintage rock & roll songs and new renditions of their own rockney classics. The album also features special guest stars such as Jools Holland, Buddy Holly’s drummer Jerry Allison & Hugh Laurie. They reached the top twenty in 1979 with Gertcha, which became a nationwide catchphrase. This was followed by The Sideboard Song (Got my beer in the sideboard here). In 1980 they hit the charts with Rabbit, which reached no. 8 in the charts and had a no. 2 record in 1982 Ain’t No Pleasing You. This was followed by further hits Margate and London Girls, and in 1986 they had a top six record with Snooker Loopy. They have also written title songs for TV shows Till Death Do Us Part and Only Fools & Horses. Chas & Dave are great musicians and know how to give an audience a good time. They have gained a cult audience of both young and old, and due to public demand they are about to be seen together on stage once more. Chas & Dave began writing and performing songs together in 1972, having been friends since the early sixties. Now celebrating their 50th Anniversary by recording their first original album in 27 years which is a mixture of vintage rock & roll songs and new renditions of their own rockney classics. The album also features special guest stars such as Jools Holland, Buddy Holly’s drummer Jerry Allison & Hugh Laurie.They reached the top twenty in 1979 with Gertcha, which became a nationwide catchphrase. This was followed by The Sideboard Song (Got my beer in the sideboard here). In 1980 they hit the charts with Rabbit, which reached no. 8 in the charts and had a no. 2 record in 1982 Ain’t No Pleasing You. This was followed by further hits Margate and London Girls, and in 1986 they had a top six record with Snooker Loopy. They have also written title songs for TV shows Till Death Do Us Part and Only Fools & Horses.Chas & Dave are great musicians and know how to give an audience a good time. They have gained a cult audience of both young and old, and due to public demand they are about to be seen together on stage once more. Book Tickets

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  • 11:00 AM

    11.00am – 4pm 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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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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