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The Alban Arena

The 800-seat Alban Arena is the most visited arts venue in St Albans. It hosts a varied programme of national touring shows, concerts, comedy, films, exhibitions and pantomime. Drinks, ice cream and confectionary available. Free parking after 6.30pm. Pick up an events brochure, view a seating plan, or join the priority mailing list.

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  • Fri 17 May - 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. Stalls:Rows D to G = £27.50Rows H to P = £24.50 Circle:Rows AA to BB = £24.50All Other Seats = £21.50The Dreamboys, the UK’s most famous girls night out, are back and hotter than ever with a brand new show and UK tour for 2019. 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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  • 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. Jimmy’s brand new show contains jokes about all kinds of terrible things.  Terrible things that might have affected you or people you know and love. But they’re just jokes – they are not the terrible things.  Having political correctness at a comedy show is like having health and safety at a rodeo. Now you’ve been warned, buy a ticket. jimmycarr.com | @jimmycarr | IG: jimmycarrNot suitable for under 16s 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 24 Jul - Tolkien (12A)

    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. Tolkien explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school. Tolkien is a biographical drama film directed by Dome Karukoski and written by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford. It is about the English professor, philologist and author J. R. R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion as well as notable academic works. The film stars Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins.  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.Tolkien explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school.Tolkien is a biographical drama film directed by Dome Karukoski and written by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford. It is about the English professor, philologist and author J. R. R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion as well as notable academic works. The film stars Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins. 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. Come join a journey in time and space, back to the 1960s, across to the sunny shores of the Golden state of California where the surf sound was conceived.Whether you are coming back to see Beach Boyz Tribute Band again or coming for the first time, the show is exhilarating as ever, filling the auditorium with glorious, rich vocal harmony, the five all singing, all playing boys that are Beach Boyz Tribute Band continue to amaze, astound and defy belief in their recreation of America’s biggest and longest selling pop rock band The Beach Boys.No other tribute act can provide a lively fun packed show that showcases over 30 hit records, all performed 100% live.You’ll hear Beach Boyz Tribute Band re-create the early rock and roll sounds with such accurate authenticity you will be transported back to the days of black and white; then carried on a wave of harmony to the multi coloured complex orchestral works of Brian Wilson and the iconic Pet Sounds.Do not be surprised if at the end of the performance you are on your feet, clapping and cheering for more, you will be in good company, for this tends to happen at every Beach Boyz Tribute Band concert across the UK and beyond! 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 26 Jul - Roy Chubby Brown

    7:30 PM

    Front Doors Open: 6.30pm Auditorium Opens : 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. Roy Chubby Brown is back and he’s as naughty as ever. His choice of language and his politically incorrect jokes are all delivered with a cheeky grin and perfect comedy timing. His trademark flying helmet and goggles, coupled with his coat of many patches, make him instantly recognisable as the man who put the “F” in Alice, with his popular version of “that” song.Photo ©Andy Hollingworth ArchivePlus Support – IF EASILY OFFENDED PLEASE STAY AWAY. OVER 18S ONLY 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. Creedence Clearwater Review are the UK’s premier tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival, one of America’s greatest bands who, despite their relatively short career, left an enduring legacy of classic songs written and sung by lead guitarist, singer and songwriter John Fogerty. Capturing the feel, sound and atmosphere of the original songs, Creedence Clearwater Review pack all the hits and more into two hours plus of rootsy, swampy, bluesy and sometimes country flavoured rock and roll. Creedence’s biggest songs, Proud Mary, Bad Moon Rising, Fortunate Son and Who’ll Stop The Rain all get the treatment as well as their covers of classics like I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Midnight Special and Susie Q. There’s audience involvement, singalongs and plenty of rousing choruses to join in on the Review’s authentic and power packed tribute the Creedence legacy. There’s also a nod to John Fogerty’s solo career in the show, with songs like Almost Saturday Night, Hot Rod Heart and of course Rockin’ All Over The World. Dale Taylor takes up the role of John Fogerty on guitar and vocals, which is no easy task considering Fogerty’s power and range. However he fulfils the lead spot, delivering the same rawness and energy of the original performances, backed up with a solid and experienced band who stick as closely to the album tracks as possible. Performing a range of CCR material consisting of all of their biggest, classic hits, album tracks and wonderful obscurities, Creedence Clearwater Review will take you on a nostalgia trip you won’t want to miss. Creedence Clearwater Review, the definitive UK tribute.  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.Creedence Clearwater Review are the UK’s premier tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival, one of America’s greatest bands who, despite their relatively short career, left an enduring legacy of classic songs written and sung by lead guitarist, singer and songwriter John Fogerty.Capturing the feel, sound and atmosphere of the original songs, Creedence Clearwater Review pack all the hits and more into two hours plus of rootsy, swampy, bluesy and sometimes country flavoured rock and roll. Creedence’s biggest songs, Proud Mary, Bad Moon Rising, Fortunate Son and Who’ll Stop The Rain all get the treatment as well as their covers of classics like I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Midnight Special and Susie Q.There’s audience involvement, singalongs and plenty of rousing choruses to join in on the Review’s authentic and power packed tribute the Creedence legacy. There’s also a nod to John Fogerty’s solo career in the show, with songs like Almost Saturday Night, Hot Rod Heart and of course Rockin’ All Over The World.Dale Taylor takes up the role of John Fogerty on guitar and vocals, which is no easy task considering Fogerty’s power and range. However he fulfils the lead spot, delivering the same rawness and energy of the original performances, backed up with a solid and experienced band who stick as closely to the album tracks as possible.Performing a range of CCR material consisting of all of their biggest, classic hits, album tracks and wonderful obscurities, Creedence Clearwater Review will take you on a nostalgia trip you won’t want to miss.Creedence Clearwater Review, the definitive UK tribute. Book Tickets

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  • Sat 10 Aug - Grease

    1:00 PM

    Auditorium will open 30 minutes before the show 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. After the huge successes of Schools Will Rock You, The Wind in the Willows and Beauty and the Beast, Brilliant Theatre Arts and The Alban Arena are excited to present the ‘electrifying’ hit musical, Grease. 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. Direct from London’s West End, You Win Again – Celebrating The Music of The Bee Gees. Prepare to experience the distinct sound of one the greatest bands to have ever graced the stage in this unforgettable concert spectacular. Immerse yourself in the brothers’ music through the sixties, seventies and eighties.Join us for this breath-taking concert spectacular, taking you on a musical journey through all your favourite songs, including: Night Fever, Stayin’ Alive, How Deep is Your Love? 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 13 Sep - La Vida Loca

    7:30 PM

    Front Doors Open: 6.30pm Auditorium Opens : 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. Prepare for Latin Fever at its hottest with the UK’s ultimate showstopping extravaganza of the most iconic Latin pop hits from the 80s, 90s & 00s! This highly acclaimed concert-style production features the music of the world’s most popular Latin artists including Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, Shakira, Gipsy Kings, Santana, Enrique Iglesias and many more!Complete with a full live band and sizzling Cuban themed singers and dancers, La Vida Loca! reignites the passion of pop music’s biggest Latin American infused beats! Featuring classics such as The Rhythm Is Gonna Get You, Bamboleo, Let’s Get Loud, She Bangs, Get On Your Feet, Smooth, Hips Don’t Lie, Hero, La Isla Bonita, Despacito, Havana, and loads 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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  • 1:30 PM

      First Session 13:30 to 17:30 Second session 18:30 to 22:30   General admission – £15.50: Includes 1 drink token, 1 take home gin glass, gin & prosecco booklet   Over 30 different types of gin & proseccos from a wide range of suppliers. Plenty of distillers on hand to tell you about their gins and hand out samples. Also a live band, entertainment and food available. www.ginandproseccofestivals.com    Over 30 different types of gin & proseccos from a wide range of suppliers. Plenty of distillers on hand to tell you about their gins and hand out samples. Also a live band, entertainment and food available.www.ginandproseccofestivals.com Book Tickets

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  • Sun 15 Sep - An Evening with Dolly Parton: Rags to Rhinestone Story

    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 Rags to Rhinestones Story is a smash hit tribute concert production that continues to sell out theatres across the UK. The show is widely accepted as the foremost tribute show to Dolly Parton, and is performed by the Award Winning Miss Julia Martin, the UK’s No1 Dolly Parton impersonator. The show has been described by theatre audiences as totally authentic in every way, and not only captures Dolly’s incredible stage presence, mannerisms and unique comedy one-liners, but also delivers a spectacular evening of entertainment, that no true Dolly fan will want to miss.This foot stomping, clap-along, interactive show is guaranteed to enthral the audience from start to finish. It combines stunning sequined Dolly costumes; classic hit songs, and Dolly’s epic Glastonbury concert performance, into a spectacular sound, light and visual theatre production. The ‘Rags to Rhinestones Story’ not only brings-to-life the inspirational story of Dolly Rebecca Parton, but also takes the audience on a musical journey through the outstanding singing career of this Country Hall of Fame Legend. With meticulous attention to detail, Julia weaves her magic and delivers a show that makes you feel that Dolly herself is actually in the theatre. The show is also raising money for the Autism Unseen Tall Ships Challenge, where 6 groups of autistic youngsters accompanied by team buddies will crew and race around the UK in a 70 foot Challenger racing yacht. This is one of Autism Unseen’s most ambitious challenges to date, and the first time that a challenge of this nature has ever been set. By the time the autistic challenge participants have completed their voyage they will be much more self assured, confident and ready to meet head-on the daily challenges of being autistic.By supporting this event, you will not only have a sensational evening of entertaining, you will also be contributing to a trip of a lifetime for these autistic youngsters. 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. Based on her bestselling book, Ruby’s new show How To Be Human answers every question you’ve ever had about evolution, thoughts, emotions, the body, addictions, relationships, sex, kids, the future and compassion. 

We can’t stop the future from arriving, no matter what drugs we’re on. But even if nearly every part of us becomes robotic, mechanical fingers crossed we’ll still have our minds. Hopefully we’ll use them for things like compassion, instead of just chasing what’s ‘better’ like a hamster on a wheel. If we can do that, we’re on the yellow brick road to happiness. 

This show is the follow up to Ruby’s sell out shows Sane New World and Frazzled and incorporates what she discovered whilst writing her latest book, including finding out about how the mind works with monk Gelong Thubten and learning from neuroscientist Ash Ranpura where everything that makes us ‘us’ can be found in the brain. 

Outrageously witty and smart, blending brilliant comedy and insightful life lessons, How To Be Human is the show you need to help you upgrade your mind as much as you’ve upgraded your iPhone.rubywax.net | @Rubywax 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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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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