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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 15 Nov - Henning Wehn: Get On With It

    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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  • 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 Milton Jones, Angelos Epithemiou, Ivo Graham, Desiree Burch and John Robins.Multi-award winner, Milton Jones, is quite simply one of the country’s best comedians. A regular panelist on the BBC’s Mock The Week and Live At The Apollo,, we’re delighted to bring Milton’s trademark hilarious and surreal one-liners to St Albans.“King of the surreal one-liner” The Times“No one can touch Jones when he hits his stride.” 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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  • Mon 18 Mar - Green Book (12A)

    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. New York City bouncer Frank “Tony Lip” Vallelonga is searching for new employment after the nightclub he works at is closed for renovations. He is invited to an interview with “Doc” Don Shirley, a black pianist who is looking for a driver for his eight-week concert tour through the Mid-West and Deep South. Don hires Tony on the strength of his references. They embark with plans to return to New York on Christmas Eve. Tony is given a copy of the Green Book by Don’s record label: a guide for black travelers to find motels, restaurants, and filling stations that would serve blacks. Directed by Peter Farrelly, the film was written by Farrelly, Brian Currie and Vallelonga’s son, Nick Vallelonga, based on interviews with his father and Shirley, as well as letters his father wrote to his mother. The film is named after The Negro Motorist Green Book, a mid-20th century guidebook for African-American travelers written by Victor Hugo Green, to help them find motels and restaurants that would accept them.  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.New York City bouncer Frank “Tony Lip” Vallelonga is searching for new employment after the nightclub he works at is closed for renovations. He is invited to an interview with “Doc” Don Shirley, a black pianist who is looking for a driver for his eight-week concert tour through the Mid-West and Deep South. Don hires Tony on the strength of his references.They embark with plans to return to New York on Christmas Eve. Tony is given a copy of the Green Book by Don’s record label: a guide for black travelers to find motels, restaurants, and filling stations that would serve blacks.Directed by Peter Farrelly, the film was written by Farrelly, Brian Currie and Vallelonga’s son, Nick Vallelonga, based on interviews with his father and Shirley, as well as letters his father wrote to his mother.The film is named after The Negro Motorist Green Book, a mid-20th century guidebook for African-American travelers written by Victor Hugo Green, to help them find motels and restaurants that would accept them. 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. This event is showing the Red Film Programme: Skier vs DroneIt’s a classic battle of man vs machine. Olympic bronze medallist Victor Muffat-Jeandet takes on drone pilot Jordan Temkin on the slopes of Snowbird in UtahFILMMAKER: Mike DouglasDURATION: 4 minutesHow to Run 100 MilesJayson Sime had a tough start to life: he grew up facing poverty, homelessness, dyslexia and bullying. But he learned to fight. In 2017, he entered his first 100-mile mountain ultramarathon (including a daunting 6,000m of ascent), betting on his life-long resilience to carry him to the finish line of Colorado’s epic Run Rabbit Run. A film of pain, suffering, persistence – and glory.FILMMAKER: Brendan LeonardDURATION: 27 minutesViaCruxisMarcel and Andrezj are legendary mountaineers. They have been the first to conquer the highest and hardest peaks. To reach the summit of a daunting unclimbed peak they will have to overcome formidable obstacles, suffer hardships and endure each other’s company for a very long time. But how will they cope when Andrezj is no longer willing to continue in Marcel’s shadow?FILMMAKER: Ignasi López FàbregasDURATION: 11 minutes
This Mountain LifeMartina and her 60-year-old mum Tania embark on an epic ski traverse from Vancouver to Alaska – six months and 2,300km of journeying though relentless mountain wilderness. This Mountain Life is a multi-award-winning film and a riveting portrait of the human passion for adventure, set high in the peaks of British Columbia, Canada.FILMMAKER: Grand Baldwin, Jen RustemeyerDURATION: 38 minutesFar Out: Kai JonesFILMMAKER: Teton Gravity ResearchDURATION: 5 minutesIce and Palms‘Unorthodox’ is the word used to describe German friends Max and Jochen’s many adventures, and their latest expedition – five weeks, 1,800km and 35,000km vertical metres self-propelled across the Alps – is no different. Starting in Germany and finishing at the Mediterranean, Ice and Palms tells of a raucous bikepacking journey, summiting mountains and skiing iconic lines along the way. FILMMAKER: Jochen Mesle, Max KroneckDURATION: 25 minutes
Ascend As a young adult Jon Wilson lost his leg to cancer, but he hasn’t let that stop him sinking his teeth back into life and shredding gnarly mountain bike trails. In Ascend, he shares his motivation for continuing to ride, even though the odds are stacked against him.
FILMMAKER: Simon Perkins, Sharptail MediaDURATION: 6 minutesVisit www.banff-uk.com for more details.Photo Credit: Valentine Fabre, Dent du Géant © Ben Tibbetts. Age Guidance: 12A (TBC)(This means that people under 12 can attend if they are accompanied by an adult.) 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.Get ready for an evening of inspirational adventure films coming at you from the wildest corners of the globe!In this selection of extraordinary short films, follow the world’s top explorers and action film-makers as they brave intrepid journeys into the most spectacular regions of planet Earth.Witness breath-taking cinematography, stunning scenery and an exhilarating dose of adrenaline – all on the big screen!These brand-new films are taken from the world’s most prestigious mountain festival, held every year in Canada. Book Tickets

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  • Wed 20 Mar - Nish Kumar

    7:30 PM

    It’s In Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves 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. Double Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee Nish Kumar is taking his brand new show on a national tour of the UK! The title is a quote from Terminator 2. There will be jokes about politics, mankind’s capacity for self-destruction, and if this will lead to the end of days. GOOD FUN STUFF. He’s the host of the Mash Report, which you might have seen on BBC 2 or on a Facebook video posted by someone you went to school with but haven’t spoken to in a while.As seen on Live at the Apollo (BBC2), Taskmaster (Dave), Live From the BBC (Netflix), QI (BBC2) Have I Got News For You (BBC1) and Joel & Nish Vs The World (Netflix/Comedy Central).“One of the best young comedians we have” The Times“A masterclass by a no-frills stand-up at the height of his powers” The Guardian“Intelligent, inventive, thought-provoking and delivered with a passion, urgency and enthusiasm that makes an hour feel like a fantastic ten minutes” Time OutRose d’Or winner – Best Radio Comedy“A very clever boy” Nish KumarAge Guide: 16+ 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. 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 22 Mar - The Bootleg Beatles

    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 Premier Beatles tribute band continues to draw critical acclaim from across the globe with their stunning recreation of the greatest songbook of all time. Tracing the Fab Four’s journey through the swinging 60s, every tiny detail is meticulously covered from costumes to authentic period instruments; from their witty “Scouse” banter to their “inflection perfect” vocals. With a little help from their own Pepperland Sinfonia and this year featuring a special set celebrating the 50th anniversary of the White album, this has to be a not-to-be-missed event for Fab Four fans of all ages. “Entirely convincing” The Times
“A joy to behold” The Telegraph
“Flawless!” Mojo “Mind-boggling accuracy” 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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  • 10:00 AM

    Doors Open 10am Guests on stage from 10.30am TALKING PICTURES TV brings you THE FIFTH RENOWN FESTIVAL OF BRITISH FILM A variety of films, shorts and Celebrity Guests from the world of Film and the eras we all love, on stage throughout the day and all included in the ticket price! A truly great day out for fans of British film and TV from 1940s, 1950s & 1960s. Fans of Channel Talking Pictures TV on Freeview 81 will enjoy this fantastic, all day event celebrating the British Films and Television Series made in the 1940s, 1950s,1960s and 1970s.Confirmed Guests To Be Interviewed on the stage are: Bernard Cribbins OBE who will be interviewed by the wonderful Jenny Hanley!Brian Murphy (George & Mildred) will be opening the event.Marty Wilde MBE will be joining us on stage to share his music and memories.Anne Aubrey- British film star of ‘The Hellions’, ‘Idol On Parade’, ‘Jazz Boat’ and much moreCraig Douglas – will also be interviewed about ‘Its Trad Dad’ and his UK chart Toppers!And Glyn Baker – son of Stanley Baker will be talking about the career of his much loved father.More stars will be announced early 2019Also included in the day are some 1950s and 1960s LOST British feature films shown in the theatre on a big screen and some public information films and shorts.Do join us for this wonderful event celebrating British Film History. Book Tickets

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  • Thu 28 Mar - Joni’s Soul

    7:30 PM

    Plus special guest support – Graham Robins 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. Joni’s Soul offers a unique opportunity to hear many of her great songs sung and played by some of UK’s finest. Joni’s Soul look beyond merely the faithful reproduction of the Joni Mitchell songbook and shine a light on the most soulful aspects of her words and music. Coyote, Hejira, Edith and the Kingpin, A Case of You, The Hissing of Summer Lawns, Trouble Child, Help Me and Gina Foster’s gorgeous version of Both Sides Now – it’s through songs like these that the band explore the unique songwriting, harmonic concept and gift of performance Joni Mitchell enduringly revealed in her celebrated albums Blue, Court and Spark, Hejira, The Hissing of Summer Lawns and beyond… The band is – Gina Foster – vocals (Eric Clapton, Sinead O’Connor) Ronnie Johnson – guitar (Van Morrison, Bob Dylan) and additional guitars Patrick Johnson Graham Harvey – keyboards (Incognito, George Benson) Steve Pearce – bass (Randy Crawford, Anything But The Girl) Richard Bailey – drums (Stevie Winwood, Jeff Beck) 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.Joni’s Soul offers a unique opportunity to hear many of her great songs sung and played by some of UK’s finest. Joni’s Soul look beyond merely the faithful reproduction of the Joni Mitchell songbook and shine a light on the most soulful aspects of her words and music.Coyote, Hejira, Edith and the Kingpin, A Case of You, The Hissing of Summer Lawns, Trouble Child, Help Me and Gina Foster’s gorgeous version of Both Sides Now – it’s through songs like these that the band explore the unique songwriting, harmonic concept and gift of performance Joni Mitchell enduringly revealed in her celebrated albums Blue, Court and Spark, Hejira, The Hissing of Summer Lawns and beyond…The band is –Gina Foster – vocals (Eric Clapton, Sinead O’Connor)Ronnie Johnson – guitar (Van Morrison, Bob Dylan) and additional guitars Patrick JohnsonGraham Harvey – keyboards (Incognito, George Benson)Steve Pearce – bass (Randy Crawford, Anything But The Girl)Richard Bailey – drums (Stevie Winwood, Jeff Beck) Book Tickets

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  • 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. In early 1970’s Harlem, daughter and wife to be Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny. Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together, but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. If Beale Street Could Talk is an American romantic drama film directed and written by Barry Jenkins, and based on James Baldwin’s novel of the same name. It stars KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Michael Beach, Dave Franco, Diego Luna, Pedro Pascal, Ed Skrein, Brian Tyree Henry and Regina King.  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.In early 1970’s Harlem, daughter and wife to be Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny.Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together, but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit.If Beale Street Could Talk is an American romantic drama film directed and written by Barry Jenkins, and based on James Baldwin’s novel of the same name. It stars KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Michael Beach, Dave Franco, Diego Luna, Pedro Pascal, Ed Skrein, Brian Tyree Henry and Regina King. Book Tickets

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  • Fri 29 Mar - Rumours Of Fleetwood Mac

    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. 50 Years – The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, the world’s finest tribute to Fleetwood Mac, returns to the stage in 2019 with its ‘Anniversary Tour’, a brand new show celebrating 50 years of the very best of Fleetwood Mac, including a very special blues set paying tribute to Fleetwood Mac’s legendary Peter Green era. Channeling the spirit of Fleetwood Mac at their very best, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac offers a unique opportunity for fans, both old and new, to rediscover the songs and performances that have ensured Fleetwood Mac’s place as one of the most loved groups of all time. Personally endorsed by Fleetwood Mac founding member, Mick Fleetwood, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac is the ultimate tribute to one of rock and roll’s most remarkable groups.    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.Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, the world’s finest tribute to Fleetwood Mac, returns to the stage in 2019 with its ‘Anniversary Tour’, a brand new show celebrating 50 years of the very best of Fleetwood Mac, including a very special blues set paying tribute to Fleetwood Mac’s legendary Peter Green era.Channeling the spirit of Fleetwood Mac at their very best, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac offers a unique opportunity for fans, both old and new, to rediscover the songs and performances that have ensured Fleetwood Mac’s place as one of the most loved groups of all time.Personally endorsed by Fleetwood Mac founding member, Mick Fleetwood, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac is the ultimate tribute to one of rock and roll’s most remarkable groups. 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.

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  • 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
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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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