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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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  • Wed 18 Jul - Joe Lycett

    8:00 PM

    I’m About To Lose Control And I Think Joe Lycett 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. Pop in and see Joe Lycett on his brand new stand-up tour, where he’ll be sharing jokes, paintings and some of the pathetic internet trolling he’s been up to recently. As seen on 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, QI and The Royal Variety Performance. ‘A man who makes funny seem easy’ -Guardian‘If you want to bet on the next mainstream stand-up star put your shirt on Joe Lycett’ -Evening Standard‘Effortlessly funny’ – Time Out [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. Book Tickets

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  • 10:00 AM

    Front Doors Open: 9am, 12pm & 3pm Auditorium: 9.30am, 12.30pm & 3.30pm Show Starts: 10am, 1pm & 4pm Front Doors Open: 9am, 12pm & 3pm Auditorium: 9.30am, 12.30pm & 3.30pm Show Starts: 10am, 1pm & 4pm 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. See the iconic, world famous Teletubbies in their first ever theatre show created especially for your little ones. Join Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po in a show full of love and laughter as they explore the magical world of Teletubbyland. Look out for the Tubby Phone, Noo-noo and Sun Baby in a fun, bright and safe world which captures young children’s imaginations and encourages them to explore the world around them. Join in and enjoy beloved features from the TV series along with brand new songs.www.TeletubbiesLive.com#My1sttheatreshow#TeletubbiesLive#BigHugs 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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  • Wed 25 Jul - Leisure Seeker (15)

    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. Traveling in their family Leisure Seeker vintage recreational vehicle, John and Ella Spencer take one last road trip from Boston to the Hemingway House in the Florida Keys before his Alzheimer’s and her cancer can catch up with them. This is a comedy-drama film directed by Paolo Virzì, in his first full English-language feature. The film is based on the 2009 novel of the same name by Michael Zadoorian. It stars Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren. Helen received a Golden Globe nomination for her work in the film.  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.Traveling in their family Leisure Seeker vintage recreational vehicle, John and Ella Spencer take one last road trip from Boston to the Hemingway House in the Florida Keys before his Alzheimer’s and her cancer can catch up with them.This is a comedy-drama film directed by Paolo Virzì, in his first full English-language feature. The film is based on the 2009 novel of the same name by Michael Zadoorian. It stars Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren. Helen received a Golden Globe nomination for her work in the film. 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. He’s back! It’s been a busy few years for Jason since his last smash-hit stand up show but fans of his Absolute Radio show will know this nationally acclaimed comedian hasn’t changed a bit. ‘Muddle Class’ promises to feature a wealth of new material about Jason growing up ‘working class’ then finding, over the years, that part of him has become ‘middle class’ – causing much confusion! Delivered with Jason’s amiable charm and captivating wit, this is a show not to be missed. Jason said: “Somebody said to me on my Facebook fan page, ‘it’s been ages since you’ve toured’. I thought ‘no way, it was last year wasn’t it? Anyway, long story short, they were right, it was years ago! I just got fooled cos I’ve been on tour doing musicals and the last tour is repeated on Dave ja Vu 13 times a day! So I’ve been putting some stuff together, looking at my life and how it’s changed over the years, how the world has changed and how my parents haven’t changed a bit! It’s going to be a great tour and I can’t wait to see you there.” ‘8 out of 10 Cats’ (Channel 4), ‘The Nightly Show’ (ITV1), ‘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.Age Guidance: 13+ (some swearing)No Support Act“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 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 27 Jul - The Drifters

    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 Drifters are back on the road in the UK performing their classic hits from the last six decades.The legendary group have been inducted into the Rock & Roll of fame, performed for the President of the United States and listed among the greatest artists of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. Don’t miss their brand-new tour performing all the classic hits such as ‘Saturday Night At Movies’, ‘You’re ‘More Than A Number,’ ‘Come on Over to My Place’, ‘Up On The Roof,’ ‘Under the Boardwalk’, ‘Kissin In The Back Row’, ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’, ‘Down On The Beach,’ ‘Hello Happiness’ 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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  • 12:00 PM

    Front Doors Open: 11am Auditorium: 11.30am Show Starts: 12pm 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 BNBF Central is a qualifier for the BNBF British Finals. With athletes aged from 17 – 70 the mass of the mens classes and the beauty of the figure classes there is someone everyone can aspire to.Come along and enjoy the lights, music and spectacle of this exciting event. 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 11 Aug - Beauty & The Beast

    1:30 PM

    Front Doors Open: 12.30pm & 6.30pm Auditorium: 1pm & 7pm Show Starts: 1.30pm & 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 Alban Arena and Brilliant Theatre Arts are very pleased to present our next summer youth production, the famous fable Beauty and The Beast! Featuring original music and lyrics by Chris Passey & Nigel Passey and a hilarious book by Tom Whalley.From the creative team that brought you We Will Rock You in 2017, we have exciting plans for this show which will guarantee a wonderful experience for its cast and a very entertaining visit to the theatre for the whole family! 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. BAFTA and Perrier award winning comedian Dylan Moran embarks on his brand new tour – Dr Cosmos. Moran will offer his unique take on love, politics, misery and the everyday absurdities of life, all served with poetical panache from one of the finest comedians of his generationMoran has been called the Oscar Wilde of comedy and his famed style – deadpan, witty and crackpot lyricism – promises to be an unmissable journey through his interpretations of the world, swerving cliche to offer a cutting blow to our idiosyncrasies. **** “Trumping Shakespeare, he reduces life to four ages: “Child, failure, old and dead”. Faced with one-liners as killing as that the world suddenly seems a better place.”The Telegraph**** “His comedy takes on an existential dimension, as tubby, nicotine-starved, emasculated Moran comes to represent the struggles we all wage for meaning and connection”The Guardian**** “High-octane riffs from Irish master of grumpiness…spellbinding”Evening Standard**** “In his heightened ideas and vocabulary, Moran compulsively swerves clichés as he builds up layers of laughs… funny and fascinating, and utterly deserving of his place in the modern classics’The TimesRecommended 15+ 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 Sep - Celtic Country Show

    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 wonderful show brings together the very best of both Irish and Scottish artists with their own style of Country music, plus a hint of American Country, which all emanated from Scotland and Ireland.The show stars Ireland’s International Recording Star DOMINIC KIRWAN, with son BARRY KIRWAN, Ireland’s Newest Country Star.From Scotland our very Special Guest EVE GRAHAM, the original lead singer of The New Seekers who’s hits included “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing” “Beg Steal Or Borrow” plus many more along with Scotland’s International recording artist and Star of BBC TV’s THE VOICE COLIN CHISHOLM, makes this A SHOW NOT TO BE MISSED… FOR ALL CELTIC COUNTRY LOVERS 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. Attention Sinatra & Big Band Swing fans, you will not want to miss UK’s only Sinatra show endorsed by President of Sinatra Music Society. The ultimate homage to his golden years of 1953-61, this critically-acclaimed concert has wowed audiences for over six years with its spectacular sounding, visually evocative celebration of the era’s legendary songs & its ‘50s Hollywood glamour. So relive the mighty Capitol Records  years through a cavalcade of greatest hits like Chicago (That Toddlin’ Town), Night & Day, Lady Is A Tramp, Wee Small Hours, The Tender Trap, I’ve Got You Under My Skin & many, many more. And if that wasn’t enough, enjoy recreations of famous songs from Sinatra’s memorable films & TV specials, some timeless hits from his famous Capitol tablemates – Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald and Bobby Darin – a vocally mesmerising ‘Marilyn Monroe’, fun and a surprise ‘guest’ in between. The show stars two of the most exciting & talented vocalists of this genre on the scene today, backed by the full-on-and-fabulous Capitol Orchestra (feat. players from Ronnie Scotts Jazz Orchestra/BBC Big Band/John Wilson Orchestra). The quality and charisma of the two vocal stars, Kevin Fitzsimmons/Kitty La Roar, has consistently mesmerised audiences worldwide. Similarly, the impact of the orchestra will hypnotise both newcomers and the most avid fans of the era. So get set for a brilliantly produced, exhilarating show by world-class swing vocal stars and musicians. But don’t just take our word for it…no lesser authority than Ken Barnes – President of Sinatra Music Society/Sinatra family’s representative in Europe – said: “If you hear of ‘Sinatra, Sequins & Swing’ in your area be sure to see it. You won’t find a better evening entertainment anywhere”. ‘With a perfectly natural timbre to his voice Fitzsimmons immediately conjures up Old Blue Eyes in his glory years.’ – The Stage ‘…Kitty stole the show with her Marilyn-esque style and her own brand of sexy naughtiness, lovely voice and impossible curves!’ – LIFE magazine  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.Attention Sinatra & Big Band Swing fans, you will not want to miss UK’s only Sinatra show endorsed by President of Sinatra Music Society. The ultimate homage to his golden years of 1953-61, this critically-acclaimed concert has wowed audiences for over six years with its spectacular sounding, visually evocative celebration of the era’s legendary songs & its ‘50s Hollywood glamour.So relive the mighty Capitol Records  years through a cavalcade of greatest hits like Chicago (That Toddlin’ Town), Night & Day, Lady Is A Tramp, Wee Small Hours, The Tender Trap, I’ve Got You Under My Skin & many, many more. And if that wasn’t enough, enjoy recreations of famous songs from Sinatra’s memorable films & TV specials, some timeless hits from his famous Capitol tablemates – Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald and Bobby Darin – a vocally mesmerising ‘Marilyn Monroe’, fun and a surprise ‘guest’ in between.The show stars two of the most exciting & talented vocalists of this genre on the scene today, backed by the full-on-and-fabulous Capitol Orchestra (feat. players from Ronnie Scotts Jazz Orchestra/BBC Big Band/John Wilson Orchestra).The quality and charisma of the two vocal stars, Kevin Fitzsimmons/Kitty La Roar, has consistently mesmerised audiences worldwide. Similarly, the impact of the orchestra will hypnotise both newcomers and the most avid fans of the era.So get set for a brilliantly produced, exhilarating show by world-class swing vocal stars and musicians. But don’t just take our word for it…no lesser authority than Ken Barnes – President of Sinatra Music Society/Sinatra family’s representative in Europe – said: “If you hear of ‘Sinatra, Sequins & Swing’ in your area be sure to see it. You won’t find a better evening entertainment anywhere”.‘With a perfectly natural timbre to his voice Fitzsimmons immediately conjures up Old Blue Eyes in his glory years.’ – The Stage‘…Kitty stole the show with her Marilyn-esque style and her own brand of sexy naughtiness, lovely voice and impossible curves!’ – LIFE magazine Book Tickets

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  • Fri 21 Sep - This Is The Greatest Show

    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 show is inspired by the imagination of PT Barnum. Join our cast of West End Singers and LIVE band as we take you on a journey through music from “The Greatest Showman” “Moulin Rouge” “Barnum” and many others. A memorable night that will have you singing along and dancing in the aisles. This IS the greatest 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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  • 7:30 PM

    Feat. classics from the Specials, Bad Manners and Madness Front Doors Open: 6.30pm Auditorium: 7pm 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.2-Tone took the British music charts by storm in 1979, and for a short, but incredibly exciting period, turned the country into a sea of black and white check. The seven young men at the heart of this musical revolution were the Specials, a band which created a blend of musical genres, mixing punk and Jamaican ska, producing an energy not seen on stage before. The Specials led the way for other bands that joined the 2-Tone movement such as The Selecter, Madness, the Beat, and the Bodysnatchers.Bad Manners were not so much about politics, but all about dance! Whilst not part of the 2-Tone label, their infectious ska tunes were perfect for the music of the time. They were led by their iconic lead singer, Buster Bloodvessel. Hot and sweaty in his oversized jump suit and his huge tongue seemingly permanently out, Bad Manners soon built up a massive following.Madness have been a favourite band of the British public ever since their early days as part of the 2-Tone movement. Although they moved away from 2-Tone for their 2nd album, they are still loved by rude boys and rude girls across the UK. Their ‘nutty’ sense of humour and their longevity as a band has won them a place in the hearts of many. Oh, and their incredible knack of producing memorable songs time after time.The 2-Tone Tribute Tour was formed to bring back that fantastic moment in time for a generation who lived through it. It’s all about the look, the attitude and, of course, the dancing!These iconic bands will be represented by London-based Special Kinda Madness, who play as the Specials and Madness, and The Special Brew from Cardiff who perform as Bad Manners. Two top tribute bands who tour nationally.So dust down your pork pie hats, and put on your Fred Perry, your Harrington, your DMs or your loafers. Because you’re on for a BIG night out. Three and a half hours of live 2-Tone and ska music from your favourite bands. Let’s relive 1979 all over again!Tributes to the Specials, Bad Manners and Madness, all on one stage.3 Bands … 2-Tone … 1 Fantastic Night! 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
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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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