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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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  • Sun 21 Oct - Hertfordshire Wedding Fair

    11:00 AM

    11.00am – 4pm Free Admission 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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  • 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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  • Fri 16 Nov - Live At The Alban Arena!

    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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  • 7:00 PM

    YOU SHALL GO TO THE BALL! Don’t miss our hilarious, fun-packed family pantomime, Cinderella starring RACHEL STEVENS (S Club 7), children’s favourite, BEN FAULKS (CBeebies’ Mr Bloom) and local legend, (this time wearing the trousers!) BOB GOLDING. The show also features St Albans’ favourites IAN KIRKBY and JEMMA CARLISLE, plus a full supporting West End cast. Once again, the show will be written by PAUL HENDY and produced by EVOLUTION, the same team behind last year’s Box Office smash hit, Aladdin. Cinderella promises to be spectacular, top-quality entertainment with the emphasis on strong casting, high production values and a genuinely funny script. — Praise for last years production: “St Albans audiences have high expectations for their pantos, and once again the Arena delivers in spades” “Slick, stylish spectacular” – The Herts Advertiser “An outstanding evening of pantomime family entertainment” “This is pantomime as it should be” – PocketSizedTheatre.com YOU SHALL GO TO THE BALL!Don’t miss our hilarious, fun-packed family pantomime, Cinderella starring RACHEL STEVENS (S Club 7), children’s favourite, BEN FAULKS (CBeebies’ Mr Bloom) and local legend, (this time wearing the trousers!) BOB GOLDING.The show also features St Albans’ favourites IAN KIRKBY and JEMMA CARLISLE, plus a full supporting West End cast.Once again, the show will be written by PAUL HENDY and produced by EVOLUTION, the same team behind last year’s Box Office smash hit, Aladdin.Cinderella promises to be spectacular, top-quality entertainment with the emphasis on strong casting, high production values and a genuinely funny script.Signed performances are;—Praise for last years production:“St Albans audiences have high expectations for their pantos, and once again the Arena delivers in spades”“Slick, stylish spectacular” – The Herts Advertiser“An outstanding evening of pantomime family entertainment”“This is pantomime as it should be” – PocketSizedTheatre.com Book Tickets

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  • Wed 09 Jan - King of Thieves (15)

    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. King of Thieves is a British crime film based on the Hatton Garden safe deposit burglary of 2015. Directed by James Marsh, the film stars Michael Caine, Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon, Charlie Cox, Jim Broadbent, Paul Whitehouse and Ray Winstone. A famous thief in his younger years, 77 year old widower Brian Reader pulls together a band of misfit criminals to plot an unprecedented burglary at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit. The thieves, all in their 60s and 70s except for one, employ their old-school thieving skills to plan the heist over the Easter holiday weekend. Posing as servicemen, they enter the deposit, neutralise the alarms, and proceed to drill a hole into the wall of the safe. Two days later, they manage to escape with allegedly over £200 million worth of stolen jewels and money. When police are called to the scene and the investigation starts, the cracks between the misfit gang members begin to show as they row over how to share the goods and become increasingly distrustful of each other.  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.King of Thieves is a British crime film based on the Hatton Garden safe deposit burglary of 2015.Directed by James Marsh, the film stars Michael Caine, Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon, Charlie Cox, Jim Broadbent, Paul Whitehouse and Ray Winstone.A famous thief in his younger years, 77 year old widower Brian Reader pulls together a band of misfit criminals to plot an unprecedented burglary at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit. The thieves, all in their 60s and 70s except for one, employ their old-school thieving skills to plan the heist over the Easter holiday weekend.Posing as servicemen, they enter the deposit, neutralise the alarms, and proceed to drill a hole into the wall of the safe. Two days later, they manage to escape with allegedly over £200 million worth of stolen jewels and money. When police are called to the scene and the investigation starts, the cracks between the misfit gang members begin to show as they row over how to share the goods and become increasingly distrustful of each other. 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. First Man, the riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969. The movie will explore the sacrifices and the cost—on Armstrong and on the nation—of one of the most dangerous missions in history. First Man is an American biographical drama film directed by Damien Chazelle and written by Josh Singer. Based on the book First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen, the film stars Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, alongside Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll, Ciarán Hinds, Christopher Abbott, Patrick Fugit, and Lukas Haas.  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 Man, the riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969. The movie will explore the sacrifices and the cost—on Armstrong and on the nation—of one of the most dangerous missions in history.First Man is an American biographical drama film directed by Damien Chazelle and written by Josh Singer. Based on the book First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen, the film stars Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, alongside Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll, Ciarán Hinds, Christopher Abbott, Patrick Fugit, and Lukas Haas. Book Tickets

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  • Fri 11 Jan - Beyond The Barricade

    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 UK’s longest running Musical Theatre Concert Tour features past principal performers from Les Miserables. Delivering over two hours of the best of Broadway and the West End, and of course ending with a stunning finale from Les Mis. The concert features David Fawcett (Valjean) Andy Reiss ( Enjolras & Resident Director for the National Tour of Les Miserables) Katie Leeming (Eponine) and Poppy Tierney (Cosette), together with a live band who capture the feel of the original orchestrations of the chosen musicals. To this day every musical note is still played and sung live – very rare indeed. Beyond the Barricade gives musical theatre songs a bold concert format treatment – but with the conviction and intention to deliver the material as if the audience are watching the original performance. This incredible concert is now in its 19th successive year. 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. Back to Bacharach celebrates the magical music of Burt Bacharach, one of the most accomplished popular composers of the 20th Century, who together with Hal David penned some of the most memorable and iconic hits that stand the test of time. This exciting production is touring throughout 2018 and into 2019 and is performed by the 3 of the finest west end singers accompanied by a live 10 piece band recreating Burt Bacharach’s timeless hits. Songs featured in the show include: Alfie, Anyone Who Had A Heart, Arthur’s Theme, Always Something There To Remind Me, Close To You, I Say A Little Prayer For You, Magic Moments, Walk On By, What’s New Pussycat?, 24 Hours from Tulsa, Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head and many more. Songs everyone will remember and fall in love with again. Back To Bacharach is a fantastic show for all ages, friends and family! The productions vocalists have performed all over the world most recently seeing them perform on tours with Strictly Come Dancing arena tour, Jesus Christ Superstar ,The Phantom of the Opera, My Fair Lady, Miss Saigon, West Side Story and Whistle Down the Wind. Our Musicians are regular performers for BBC orchestras and various touring shows throughout the U.K. and internationally, as well as recording for many famous artists. This is a first class, classy and excellent show, not many like this touring the theatre circuit.  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.Back to Bacharach celebrates the magical music of Burt Bacharach, one of the most accomplished popular composers of the 20th Century, who together with Hal David penned some of the most memorable and iconic hits that stand the test of time. This exciting production is touring throughout 2018 and into 2019 and is performed by the 3 of the finest west end singers accompanied by a live 10 piece band recreating Burt Bacharach’s timeless hits.Songs featured in the show include: Alfie, Anyone Who Had A Heart, Arthur’s Theme, Always Something There To Remind Me, Close To You, I Say A Little Prayer For You, Magic Moments, Walk On By, What’s New Pussycat?, 24 Hours from Tulsa, Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head and many more.Songs everyone will remember and fall in love with again.Back To Bacharach is a fantastic show for all ages, friends and family! The productions vocalists have performed all over the world most recently seeing them perform on tours with Strictly Come Dancing arena tour, Jesus Christ Superstar ,The Phantom of the Opera, My Fair Lady, Miss Saigon, West Side Story and Whistle Down the Wind. Our Musicians are regular performers for BBC orchestras and various touring shows throughout the U.K. and internationally, as well as recording for many famous artists.This is a first class, classy and excellent show, not many like this touring the theatre circuit. Book Tickets

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  • Sun 13 Jan - The Johnny Cash Roadshow

    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. —‘His Resemblance is uncanny’ – Rosanne Cash, first daughter “Clive captures my Grandfather JUST as he was … Absolutely authentic to the point where it felt as if it wasn’t a tribute”Caitlin Crowell – Granddaughter of Johnny Cash“Clive sings moves and acts just like the ‘Man in Black.’ The Johnny Cash legend will continue”Lasse Lindfors – Author and lifelong friend of Johnny Cash —‘A voice better than the original’ (John Wheatcroft, York Mix) ‘Extraordinary concert’ (Daily Record and Sunday Mail)‘the closest we will get to attending a Johnny Cash concert. We should be grateful for this opportunity’ (The Edge, Bournemouth)‘What an amazing show, you could have sworn that Johnny Cash was there with you’ (The Ironworks, Inverness)‘Clive John was mesmerizing as the Man in Black’ (John Carter, New Theatre, Oxford)‘Energetic and entertaining 5 Star show’ What’s on stage 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. Directed by Ray McVay“RAY’S IN THE MOOD” as the world’s GREATEST Big Band transports you back to the heady days and music of the 1940s – with the fabulous harmonies of the Moonlight Serenaders and the sublime vocals of Catherine Sykes and Mark Porter.Come and hear the music that got us through the war with smiles on our faces and laid the foundations of pop right up to the present day – In the Mood, Moonlight Serenade, American Patrol, Little Brown Jug, Tuxedo Junction and the song that became pop history’s first gold disc, Chattanooga Choo Choo!

Audiences of all ages will be thrilled by the sound of this amazing Big Band. 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 15 Jan - A Star is Born (15)

    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. An American musical romantic drama film produced and directed by Bradley Cooper (in his directorial debut) The film stars Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Andrew Dice Clay, Dave Chappelle, and Sam Elliott. Seasoned musician Jackson Maine discovers and falls in love with struggling artist Ally. She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer until Jackson coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jackson fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.  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.An American musical romantic drama film produced and directed by Bradley Cooper (in his directorial debut) The film stars Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Andrew Dice Clay, Dave Chappelle, and Sam Elliott.Seasoned musician Jackson Maine discovers and falls in love with struggling artist Ally. She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer until Jackson coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jackson fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons. 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.Based on the book series by P. L. Travers and a sequel film to 1964’s Mary Poppins, the film stars Emily Blunt as the title character, with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth, and Meryl Streep in supporting roles.The mysterious Mary Poppins returns to Depression-era London to visit Jane and her brother Michael, now a father of three, and helps them rediscover the joy they knew as children. 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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