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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 26 Apr - The Dreamboys

    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. First 4 Rows “Premium Seats” = £27.50*All Other Stalls = £24.50*Circle = £22.50*The Dreamboys are back and hotter than ever with a brand new show and UK tour for 2018.The Dreamboys are without a shadow of a doubt the UK’s most famous and successful show of its kind in history. Their breath taking show spectacular has been perfectly created for hen nights, birthday parties and girls nights out with all your friends. 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 are the only show of its kind 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 hunks. An action packed 2 hour show from start to finish, these boys will literally have you begging for 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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  • 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. Is a stunning celebration of one the greatest singer – songwriters of all time. Featuring international George Michael tribute Wayne Dilks and his 8 piece band. A musical journey of 35 years of hit records, from Wham to his solo career, the show uses actual video footage from The George Michael 25 live tour and is a 2 hour spellbinding spectacle of his songs such as, Club Tropicana, I’m Your Man, Faith, Fast love, Outside, Freedom, A Different Corner, Father Figure, Careless Whisper and many, many more. If you are a fan and you know every word of these songs, join us on a journey and celebrate the incredible legacy George left us all“Uncanny, looks and sounds like the real superstar” The Stage 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. Book Tickets

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  • Sat 28 Apr - Meet & Greet With Ian Waite & Oti Mabuse

    6:00 PM

  • 7:30 PM

    Rhythm of the Night… Front Doors Open: 6.30pm Auditorium: 7pm Show Starts: 7.30pm Ian and Oti will deliver a night of Latin and Ballroom numbers with high intensity. The Strictly Come Dancing pros will perform a dance showcase spectacular designed to dazzle and wow you. Oti is fondly remembered with her celebrity pairing with Danny Mac where they received a perfect score of 40 in the Samba. Ian is a regular on our screens with the spin off programme It Takes Two on BBC 2.Ian and Oti always push the boundaries of dance to bring the best out of their celebrity couple, with both of them becoming finalist in the Hit BBC show.On the night they will dance a mix of Latin and Ballroom, transporting you away to a place of wonderful moments with fun filled entertainment and a close up history of all things related to their life.Customers will receive a photo card which they can get personally signed, its a great opportunity to take photos and chat to Ian and Oti .Meet and greet will be at 6pm Book Tickets

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  • Tue 01 May - Priscilla Queen of the Desert

    7:45 PM

    Evenings 7:45pm Saturday Matinee 2:30pm Raked Stalls Friday and Saturday Evening – £22.50*Raked Stalls (other performances) and Circle – £19.50*Front Stalls and Side Circle – £18.50*Restricted view – £12 *Concessions Tuesday evening, Saturday matinee – £2 off for children under 16, full time students and senior citizens, disabled and visually/hearing impaired people2 for 1 offer: Two seats for the price of one on all front stalls on Tuesday Evening ONLY, no other concessions apply.quote code SAMTC2018, no other concessions applyBooking OptionsBook online via www.samtc.org.uk (no booking fee) or call the box office on 01727 844488Age Guidelines 12+Get your glitter on and take the ride of your life with the hilarious and heartwarming musical, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, based on the Oscar-winning film. Following on from the highly acclaimed production of West Side Story, the multi-award winning St Albans Musical Theatre Company brings this colourful show to the St Albans stage, with book by Stephan Elliot and Allan Scott, complete with a hit parade of dancefloor favourites including “I Will Survive,” “Hot Stuff,” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “True Colors,” and “I Love The Nightlife.” That’ll have audiences dancing in the aisles!PRISCILLA tells the heart-warming and uplifting tale of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus named Priscilla, and set off from Sydney on the adventure of a lifetime, to perform as drag artists at a casino in the heart of the Australian outback. They end up on a journey of self-discovery, finding friendship, acceptance, love and far more than they ever dreamed of. Starring as Tick is Mathew Collyer a fire fighter from Watford. Freddie Marks, whose professional credits include Bugsy Malone, Forty Years On and Oliver, joins the cast as Bernadette. Playing Adam is Daniel Quirke who was last seen on stage with SAMTC as Link Larkin in their sell-out run of Hairspray. Julie Lilley, Fenella Lee and Charlotte Gregory join the cast as the three Divas along for the ride with a cast of over 30 local performers.The company welcomes back Martyn Knight, who is celebrating 50 years in theatre, as director. “What a great joy and honor it is to be back again working with St Albans Musical Theatre Company with such a great talented group of people. I first directed and choreographed ‘Charlie Girl’ in 1996 since then I have directed several productions for them including ‘Pirates of Penzance’, ‘Calamity Jane’, and ‘Die Fledermaus’ – However I first appeared with the society in the 1970’s as a dancer in ‘Oklahoma!’” He is ably assisted by Andrea Campusano with Musical Director Martin Smith completing the production team. 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. Following a sold out run at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory and two critically-acclaimed West End runs, David Baddiel takes his Olivier-nominated one-man show to theatres nationwide. My Family: Not the Sitcom is a show about memory, ageing, infidelity, dysfunctional relatives, moral policing on social media, golf, and gay cats. A massively disrespectful celebration of the lives of David Baddiel’s late sex-mad mother, Sarah, and dementia-ridden father, Colin. Come and be offended on David’s behalf! ‘Baddiel launches himself into the Louis CK league of no-holds-barred comedy’ Metro ‘This is a rare production that boasts side-splitting laughs and also moves people to tears’ Evening Standard ‘Compelling to watch both for its unvarnished truth and complicated affection’ The Guardian ‘Hugely funny…If you’re going to disrespect the dead and the incapacitated, do it like this: truthfully, inventively and, finally, lovingly.’The Times ‘A show that bubbles with love and unexpected joie de vivre’ Chris Bennion, The Telegraph ★★★★★ Metro ★★★★ The Guardian ★★★★ The Times ★★★★ The Telegraph ★★★★ Evening Standard ★★★★ London Theatre 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 08 May - Isle of Dogs (12)

    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. When, by executive decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, 12 year old Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture. Written and directed by Wes Anderson with the voices of an all star cast; Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Frances McDormand, Harvey Keitel, Liev Schreiber, Scarlett Johansson and Tilda Swinton  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.When, by executive decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, 12 year old Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots.There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.Written and directed by Wes Anderson with the voices of an all star cast; Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Frances McDormand, Harvey Keitel, Liev Schreiber, Scarlett Johansson and Tilda Swinton Book Tickets

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  • 7:30 PM

    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. The Great British Take Off Comedian and impressionist Jon Culshaw and legendary comedy producer Bill Dare come to The Alban Arena for the first time following their sell-out tour earlier in the year. With a few surprises for the general public of St Albans thrown in for good measure, The Great British Take Off is topical, satirical, anecdotal and highly entertaining; it’s never the same show twice. 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 09 May - Mary Magdalene (PG)

    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.Mary Magdalene is a 2018 biblical drama film about the woman of the same name written by Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett and directed by Garth Davis. It stars Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Tahar Rahim 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. Britain’s Got Talent and Amanda Holden’s golden buzzer act comedian Daliso Chaponda has announced his debut stand up tour for 2018 entitled ‘What The African Said…’. The Malawian born stand up was a stand out star from this year’s show, capturing the nations hearts and garnering over 8 million Facebook views and 9 million on Youtube. Daliso has also just been confirmed for his own Radio 4 series entitled Daliso Chaponda: Citizen Of Nowhere.Daliso Chaponda has lived in countries where the press is not allowed to criticize the government, and in others with no libel laws where they can say anything. He has been both a journalist and a jaded newsreader. He is the perfect comedian to discuss what the media has become, which he does in his hilarious new show ‘What African Said…’. The show is about recent news, old news, fake news, and stories that were never quite but was ALMOST news. It is also a show about the things we say to each other; gossip, tall stories and of course declarations of love. Daliso has appeared at many festivals that have included Melbourne, Edinburgh, Singapore and Cape Town Festivals. He is also a prolific fiction writer and has had his science fiction, murder mysteries and fantasy fiction published in numerous magazines and anthologies. He also he co-wrote a play recently that aired on BBC Radio 4. “Laugh after laugh after laugh” – Amanda Holden“My face is hurting from laughing” – Alisha Dixon“You should be a comedy super star” – David Walliams“I could see you hosting your own show” – Simon Cowell14+ Age Guide 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 11 May - The Illegal Eagles

    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 Official No.1 Eagles tribute returns in 2018 for another outstanding show promising more of their trademark musical prowess, acute attention to detail, and incredible showmanship. This phenomenal group of musicians have been touring for over two decades and remain true Eagles fanatics! Their longevity and continued international acclaim are due in no small part to their extraordinary mastery of the Eagles’ distinctive sound. Featuring the very best from the Eagles’ repertoire including Hotel California, Take it to the Limit, Life in the Fast Lane, Take It Easy, Lyin’ Eyes, Desperado and plenty more! ‘Amazing Musicianship & Vocals’ – NME  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 Official No.1 Eagles tribute returns in 2018 for another outstanding show promising more of their trademark musical prowess, acute attention to detail, and incredible showmanship.This phenomenal group of musicians have been touring for over two decades and remain true Eagles fanatics! Their longevity and continued international acclaim are due in no small part to their extraordinary mastery of the Eagles’ distinctive sound.Featuring the very best from the Eagles’ repertoire including Hotel California, Take it to the Limit, Life in the Fast Lane, Take It Easy, Lyin’ Eyes, Desperado and plenty more!‘Amazing Musicianship & Vocals’ – NME Book Tickets

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  • 7:30 PM

    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. Showtime Australia presents this spectacular music tribute and full-scale stage production honouring the one and only King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Celebrate Jackson’s creative genius and unsurpassed talent with riveting live performances spanning his early days as a member of the Jackson 5, his groundbreaking theatricsin the 80’s and his continued domination of Pop culture into the 21st century.Songs include Thriller, Billie Jean, Smooth Criminal, Bad, Beat It, ABC, Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough, Human Nature, PYT, They Don’t Really Care About Us and many more.Get the full Michael Jackson concert experience with accomplished impersonator Dantanio – electrifying in his role as Jackson – plus a live band, choreographed dancers, authentic costumes, state of the art sound and theatrical lighting, vision and effects. Truly a mind-blowing stage production – do not miss it! 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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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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