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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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  • Tue 04 Feb - Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny

    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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  • 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. Where 1920’s meets 2020’s in an unforgettable night of Dance, Circus and Electro Swing Music. Bursting with talent from London’s West End, credits include Strictly Come Dancing, Pricilla Queen of the Desert and The Lion King. With an impressive CV from the Musicians who have toured worldwide and appeared on TV with Olly Murs, Mark Ronson and Little Mix to events with Peter Andre, Lionel Richie and Katherine Jenkins. Come dressed for the occasion or chill out in your favourite jeans, charge your glasses and let’s get ready to party as you feast your eyes on alluring Dancers, Aerial Performers, Acrobatics, Saxophonist and West End Singers. Featured performances include Dancers, Aerial Pole, Breakdancing, Acrobats, Saxophonist and Singers. To alleviate large queues we ask that you arrive in good time as there are bag searches in place. Where possible please bring small bags with you. Book Tickets

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  • Sat 11 Apr - Tubular Bells

    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. US AND THEM PRESENTS – Tubular Bells – An evening celebrating the music of Mike Oldfield. The team at US AND THEM brings you their stunning performance of the works of Mike Oldfield. The highlight of the evening – their rendition of the global classic Tubular Bells. It was the third-bestselling album of the 1970s in the UK. It is estimated to have sold more than 15 million copies worldwide, including more than 2.6 million in the UK. Tubular Bells was the first release on the Virgin Records label, and its success played an important part in the growth of the Virgin Group. This nine piece band of acclaimed UK musicians brings the piece to life and make it shine. Also, the band perform many of Mike Oldfield’s major hits including that Christmas perennial “In Dulci Jublio” – the barnstorming “Portsmouth” – the majestic “Moonlight Shadow”. The show harks back to the classic era of 1973 when Tubular Bells battled for chart supremacy with Dark Side of The Moon. A show not to be missed.  To alleviate large queues we ask that you arrive in good time as there are bag searches in place. Where possible please bring small bags with you.US AND THEM PRESENTS – Tubular Bells – An evening celebrating the music of Mike Oldfield.The team at US AND THEM brings you their stunning performance of the works of Mike Oldfield. The highlight of the evening – their rendition of the global classic Tubular Bells. It was the third-bestselling album of the 1970s in the UK. It is estimated to have sold more than 15 million copies worldwide, including more than 2.6 million in the UK.Tubular Bells was the first release on the Virgin Records label, and its success played an important part in the growth of the Virgin Group. This nine piece band of acclaimed UK musicians brings the piece to life and make it shine. Also, the band perform many of Mike Oldfield’s major hits including that Christmas perennial “In Dulci Jublio” – the barnstorming “Portsmouth” – the majestic “Moonlight Shadow”.The show harks back to the classic era of 1973 when Tubular Bells battled for chart supremacy with Dark Side of The Moon. A show not to be missed. Book Tickets

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  • 2:00 PM

    Auditorium will be 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.A musical play adapted and directed by DAVID WOOD, based on the book by JUDITH KERRDirect from the West End, the Olivier Award nominated smash hit show, The Tiger Who Came to Tea returns on tour, celebrating over 10 years on stage!The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger!Suitable for children aged 3+.Watch the trailer at TigersTeaLive.com★★★★‘This Tiger is the cat’s meow’The Times★★★★‘A rare and grrreat achievement’Mail on Sunday★★★★‘All the fun of the fur’Daily Express★★★★‘Perfectly pitched’Daily Telegraph★★★★★‘Delightful’Whatsonstage.comILLUSTRATIONS COPYRIGHT © KERR-KNEALE PRODUCTIONS LTD 1968 Book Tickets

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  • Fri 17 Apr - Rapunzel

    2:00 PM

      Auditorium will open 30 minutes before each performance 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. Let your hair down and join us this Spring for a tangled musical adventure as KD Theatre Productions & Scott Ritchie Productions present a brand-NEW staging of the popular fairy tale ‘RAPUNZEL.’ Entrapped by Gothel the Wicked Witch, Rapunzel is starting to feel very lonely on her 18th Birthday. She longs to explore the outside world and be free! Will Prince Caspian and his dashing white steed, Max, save Rapunzel from her tower? Will they be able to stay clear of the Terrible Trolls and Devious Wolves on their journey? Perhaps Rapunzel’s magical hair is the answer to all their problems! Featuring an exciting fresh script, catchy songs, high energy choreography, loveable and hair-larious characters, colourful set andcostumes and an opportunity for the audience to meet the characters after the show, this production has all the right ingredients to be entertaining for all the family.  To alleviate large queues we ask that you arrive in good time as there are bag searches in place. Where possible please bring small bags with you.Let your hair down and join us this Spring for a tangled musical adventure as KD Theatre Productions & Scott Ritchie Productions present a brand-NEW staging of the popular fairy tale ‘RAPUNZEL.’Entrapped by Gothel the Wicked Witch, Rapunzel is starting to feel very lonely on her 18th Birthday. She longs to explore the outside world and be free! Will Prince Caspian and his dashing white steed, Max, save Rapunzel from her tower? Will they be able to stay clear of the Terrible Trolls and Devious Wolves on their journey? Perhaps Rapunzel’s magical hair is the answer to all their problems!Featuring an exciting fresh script, catchy songs, high energy choreography, loveable and hair-larious characters, colourful set andcostumes and an opportunity for the audience to meet the characters after the show, this production has all the right ingredients to be entertaining for all the family. 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. Award-winning band The Bluejays (featuring stars of Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, Dreamboats & Petticoats and Million Dollar Quartet) take you on a jiving journey through the fabulous fifties. Packed with over 40 classic hits including Rock Around The Clock, That’ll Be The Day, Jailhouse Rock, Johnny B. Goode, Tutti Frutti, C’mon Everybody, Stupid Cupid, Great Balls of Fire and La Bamba, all performed live on stage, Rock and Roll Revolution will transport you back to the era when music changed the world forever! From the early days of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis at Sun Studio, via the brief but brilliant careers of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and Eddie Cochran, right through to Rock ‘n’ Roll’s heyday with artists such as Cliff Richard, Connie Francis, Bill Haley and his Comets, Dion and the Belmonts and Little Richard – Rock and Roll Revolution is a whistle-stop tour through music’s most defining decade! “The audience couldn’t wait to get up and start jitterbugging and jiving!” Southend Theatre Scene  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.Award-winning band The Bluejays (featuring stars of Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, Dreamboats & Petticoats and Million Dollar Quartet) take you on a jiving journey through the fabulous fifties.Packed with over 40 classic hits including Rock Around The Clock, That’ll Be The Day, Jailhouse Rock, Johnny B. Goode, Tutti Frutti, C’mon Everybody, Stupid Cupid, Great Balls of Fire and La Bamba, all performed live on stage, Rock and Roll Revolution will transport you back to the era when music changed the world forever!From the early days of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis at Sun Studio, via the brief but brilliant careers of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and Eddie Cochran, right through to Rock ‘n’ Roll’s heyday with artists such as Cliff Richard, Connie Francis, Bill Haley and his Comets, Dion and the Belmonts and Little Richard – Rock and Roll Revolution is a whistle-stop tour through music’s most defining decade!“The audience couldn’t wait to get up and start jitterbugging and jiving!” Southend Theatre Scene Book Tickets

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  • Sun 19 Apr - The Bowie Collective

    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. A Journey Into The Mind Of The Rock ’n Roll Alien Take an incredible two hour trip through the finest work of David Bowie. This group of rock musicians, artists and performers recreate Bowie’s most iconic recordings in exquisite detail against a spell-binding backdrop of lights and visual magic. With glowing endorsements from the likes of Rick Wakeman and Mike Garson this exciting show is a must for Bowie fans and the Bowie-Curious! From the dark depths of isolation and fractured reality of Berlin to the sheer celebration of Let’s Dance, the amazingly accurate Bowie Collective make it their mission to give you the Bowie show you always wanted – and will never forget. “Excellent, you guys did it proud” – 
Rick Wakeman “Congratulations, the best I’ve seen” – 
Mike Garson 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.A Journey Into The Mind Of The Rock ’n Roll AlienTake an incredible two hour trip through the finest work of David Bowie. This group of rock musicians, artists and performers recreate Bowie’s most iconic recordings in exquisite detail against a spell-binding backdrop of lights and visual magic.With glowing endorsements from the likes of Rick Wakeman and Mike Garson this exciting show is a must for Bowie fans and the Bowie-Curious! From the dark depths of isolation and fractured reality of Berlin to the sheer celebration of Let’s Dance, the amazingly accurate Bowie Collective make it their mission to give you the Bowie show you always wanted – and will never forget.“Excellent, you guys did it proud” – 
Rick Wakeman“Congratulations, the best I’ve seen” – 
Mike Garson 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. AGMP presents “Setting Sons” 40th anniversary concert + special guests: TBC This autumn From the Jam will tour the UK celebrating the 40th Anniversary of The Jam’s 4th studio album ‘Setting Sons’. The critically acclaimed album reached #4 in the UK and was the band’s first album to enter the US charts. Succeeding ‘All Mod Cons’, the album became a commercial success, earning them their first top ten hit single – ‘The Eton Rifles’. “We can’t wait to perform the whole of ‘Setting Sons’ live” says vocalist and guitarist Russell Hastings. “The album has been noted as another one of The Jam’s best albums along with ‘All Mod Cons’. It seems that even the obscure album tracks like ‘Little Boy Soldiers’ and ‘Thick As Thieves’ are as popular when we play them live as the hit singles.” says Hastings.   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.AGMP presents“Setting Sons” 40th anniversary concert+ special guests: TBCThis autumn From the Jam will tour the UK celebrating the 40th Anniversary of The Jam’s 4th studio album ‘Setting Sons’. The critically acclaimed album reached #4 in the UK and was the band’s first album to enter the US charts. Succeeding ‘All Mod Cons’, the album became a commercial success, earning them their first top ten hit single – ‘The Eton Rifles’.“We can’t wait to perform the whole of ‘Setting Sons’ live” says vocalist and guitarist Russell Hastings. “The album has been noted as another one of The Jam’s best albums along with ‘All Mod Cons’. It seems that even the obscure album tracks like ‘Little Boy Soldiers’ and ‘Thick As Thieves’ are as popular when we play them live as the hit singles.” says Hastings. Book Tickets

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  • Wed 22 Apr - Rob Brydon – Songs and Stories

    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. Join celebrated comedian, singer, actor, presenter and impressionist ROB BRYDON, for a very special evening of toe-tapping tunes and side-splitting laughter! Best known for feel-good TV favourites like Gavin and Stacey and Would I Lie to You, Rob swaps the screen for the stage as he takes his new show out on the road to a series of intimate venues across the UK. Featuring a sensational live band, ‘SONGS AND STORIES’ tells Rob’s personal musical journey from South Wales to Hollywood and back. With a hugely entertaining and sometimes brilliantly unexpected selection of songs from Tom Jones to Tom Waits and his famed impressions of the likes of Mick Jagger, Michael Caine and Steve Coogan, Rob will regale audiences with hilarious tales from his distant and recent past. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy one of Britain’s finest all-round entertainers doing what he does best.  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.Join celebrated comedian, singer, actor, presenter and impressionist ROB BRYDON, for a very special evening of toe-tapping tunes and side-splitting laughter!Best known for feel-good TV favourites like Gavin and Stacey and Would I Lie to You, Rob swaps the screen for the stage as he takes his new show out on the road to a series of intimate venues across the UK.Featuring a sensational live band, ‘SONGS AND STORIES’ tells Rob’s personal musical journey from South Wales to Hollywood and back. With a hugely entertaining and sometimes brilliantly unexpected selection of songs from Tom Jones to Tom Waits and his famed impressions of the likes of Mick Jagger, Michael Caine and Steve Coogan, Rob will regale audiences with hilarious tales from his distant and recent past.Don’t miss your chance to enjoy one of Britain’s finest all-round entertainers doing what he does best. 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. MIKE PENDER (Original voice of The Searchers) THE TREMS (All former members of The Tremeloes) THE FORTUNES THE SWINGING BLUE JEANS THE DAKOTAS Without doubt the most explosive 60’s show touring the UK, returns to St Albans for one night only. With a brand new production for 2020, The Sensational 60’s Experience brings you a three hour extravaganza of pure 1960’s nostalgia. Five legendary names take to the stage and deliver to you a night never to be forgotten where you’ll find it impossible to remain in your seat. With the definite feel good factor this is must see 60’s show for 2020. BOOK EARLY TO GUARANTEE YOUR SEAT  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.MIKE PENDER (Original voice of The Searchers) THE TREMS (All former members of The Tremeloes) THE FORTUNES THE SWINGING BLUE JEANS THE DAKOTASWithout doubt the most explosive 60’s show touring the UK, returns to St Albans for one night only. With a brand new production for 2020, The Sensational 60’s Experience brings you a three hour extravaganza of pure 1960’s nostalgia.Five legendary names take to the stage and deliver to you a night never to be forgotten where you’ll find it impossible to remain in your seat. With the definite feel good factor this is must see 60’s show for 2020.BOOK EARLY TO GUARANTEE YOUR SEAT Book Tickets

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  • Sat 25 Apr - Swan Lake

    2:30 PM

      Front Doors Open: 1.30pm Auditorium: 2pm Show Starts: 2.30pm 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. Music by Tchaikovsky Join Vienna Festival Ballet as they celebrate their 40th Anniversary with one of ballet’s most powerful and beautiful love stories. Lavish costumes, stunning scenery, international stars, and the glorious music from Tchaikovsky make this a night not to be missed. Swan Lake is the most popular ballet in the world. It’s the ballet that captures like no other the full range of human emotions – from hope to despair, from terror to tenderness, from melancholy to ecstasy. Don’t miss this magical evening. “The entire show was captivating from start to finish”
- WELWYN HATFIELD TIMES ‘’A truly spellbinding performance’’
- BURNLEY EXPRESS “This production looks and feels absolutely right” – WORTHING HERALD ‘’The whole evening was a delight’’ – LICHFIELD LIVE  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.Music by TchaikovskyJoin Vienna Festival Ballet as they celebrate their 40th Anniversary with one of ballet’s most powerful and beautiful love stories. Lavish costumes, stunning scenery, international stars, and the glorious music from Tchaikovsky make this a night not to be missed.Swan Lake is the most popular ballet in the world. It’s the ballet that captures like no other the full range of human emotions – from hope to despair, from terror to tenderness, from melancholy to ecstasy.Don’t miss this magical evening.“The entire show was captivating from start to finish”
- WELWYN HATFIELD TIMES‘’A truly spellbinding performance’’
- BURNLEY EXPRESS“This production looks and feels absolutely right” – WORTHING HERALD‘’The whole evening was a delight’’ – LICHFIELD LIVE Book Tickets

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  • 7:45 PM

    (In the process of being rescheduled)   Evenings at 7.45pm & Saturday Matinee at 2.30pm 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. St Albans Musical Theatre Company More than 40 years since the UK cinema release of the John Travolta classic, St Albans Musical Theatre Company brings SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER to the Alban Arena. SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER tells the story of Tony Manero, who escapes the harsh realities of working-class Brooklyn life when he embarks on a reckless, yet thrilling road to dancing success. The movie soundtrack remains one of the bestselling of all time, featuring the Bee Gees greatest hits including Stayin’ Alive, How Deep Is Your Love, Night Fever, Tragedy and More Than a Woman as well as 70’s favourites Boogie Shoes, Disco Inferno and many more, sure to have you dancing in the aisles! Please note this show contains adult themes and strong language.  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.St Albans Musical Theatre Company More than 40 years since the UK cinema release of the John Travolta classic, St Albans Musical Theatre Company brings SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER to the Alban Arena.SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER tells the story of Tony Manero, who escapes the harsh realities of working-class Brooklyn life when he embarks on a reckless, yet thrilling road to dancing success.The movie soundtrack remains one of the bestselling of all time, featuring the Bee Gees greatest hits including Stayin’ Alive, How Deep Is Your Love, Night Fever, Tragedy and More Than a Woman as well as 70’s favourites Boogie Shoes, Disco Inferno and many more, sure to have you dancing in the aisles! Please note this show contains adult themes and strong language. 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
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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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