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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 30 Jun - The Dreamboys

    7:30 PM

    Front Doors Open: 6.30pm Auditorium: 7pm Show Starts: 7.30pm To alleviate large queues we ask that you arrive in good time as there are bag searches in place. Where possible please bring small bags with you. First 4 Rows “Premium Seats” = £27.50*All Other Stalls = £24.50*Circle = £22.50*The Dreamboys are without a shadow of a doubt the UK’s top Male Strip Show, perfect for a girls night out with all your friends. Their showcase is unquestionably the most famous Male Stripper act the UK has ever produced. 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 have earned themselves the title of the only Male Strip Group 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 stripping 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

    A SHOW HASTILY REWRITTEN IN LIGHT OF RECENT EVENTS- AGAIN! 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. The UK’s leading political comedian and host of Unspun presents a show completely changed by events which haven’t yet happened. Ultra-topical comedy as seen on The Royal Variety Performance, Mock the Week, The One Show and Question Time. Now with added Trump.“Possibly the best political comedy show on the Fringe”. ★★★★★ The Telegraph“A first-class comic” The Guardian“Singlehandedly fulfilling comedy’s brief of taking our political masters to task. Combining spot-on impressions with up-to-the-minute observations” ★★★★ 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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  • Thu 19 Oct - BBC Big Band Featuring Claire Martin OBE

    7:30 PM

    Presents… Ella Fitzgerald: 100 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 internationally acclaimed BBC Big Band and conductor Barry Forgie, are joined by multi award-winning vocalist and BBC Radio 3 presenter, Claire Martin, for a very special concert celebrating the centenary of the birth of ‘The First Lady of Song’, Ella Fitzgerald.Through a diverse repertoire arranged and curated by the BBC Big Band and Claire Martin, the concert celebrates the music of the twentieth century’s most iconic vocalists, and whose legacy and influence defines a classic era of jazz singing.Featuring classic versions of Ella’s most famous songs, including ‘That Old Black Magic’, ‘Too Darn Hot’ and ‘Fascinating Rhythm’, alongside a selection of music from the many bands and orchestras that she worked with, from Chick Webb through to Count Basie – this an evening of world-class music which is not to be missed.They brilliantly continue the tradition of Big Band music. As such they are important, as well as marvellous! – Michael ParkinsonA consummate jazz singer with old-school virtues … she wins plaudits everywhere she works. – The Guardian 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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  • 2:30 PM

    SHOW TIMES: Starts at 2.30pm until 9pm (doors open at 1.30pm to the public)Come and be part of the biggest fitness model championships in the UK and Europe!If fitness and hard bodies is your thing then this show is for you. Categories include Fitness Model, Muscle Model, Ms Bikini, Figure, Junior and Over 35s categories and much more. More details & entry forms HEREFantastic prizes will be awarded to selected competitors, including MP Pro cards and Pro status, articles in on the Miami Pro website, professional photo-shoots and more…Plus, selected lucky models will be the FACES of the next Miami Pro Championships 2018 posters, which will be distributed to all the top gyms in the UK. Miami Pro events are dedicated to promoting fitness models. If you want to be discovered and be the next BIG name in the fitness industry, come and compete at our shows. Book Tickets

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  • Mon 23 Oct - Milkshake! Live ‘The Magic Story Book’

    12:00 PM

    Front Doors Open: 11am & 2.30pm Auditorium: 11.30am & 3pm Show Starts: 12pm & 3.30pm 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. Starring Milkshake! favourites Bob the Builder, Little Princess, Noddy, Fireman Sam, Shimmer & Shine, Pip from Pip Ahoy!, Winnie and Wilbur, Wissper, Milkshake’s very own Milkshake! Monkey and two Milkshake! presenters, this all singing, all dancing, musical masterpiece, will take audiences on a journey through the world’s favourite fairy tales. Set amongst Milkshake’s magical bookcase, this brand new live show is sure to amaze and delight! The Milkshake! cast will be singing songs and sharing stories that audience members, young and old, will know and 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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  • 7:30 PM

    Front Doors Open: 6.30pm & 1.30pm Auditorium: 7pm & 2pm Show Starts: 7.30pm & 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. For Schools rates please contact the Box OfficeLondon Classic Theatre present a major new touring production of Noël Coward’s sparkling comedy. In Private Lives, strong passions and stronger personalities set the stage for a classic battle of the sexes. 1930. The South of France. Two newly-married couples occupy adjoining honeymoon suites in the same hotel. As a distant orchestra plays, Sibyl gazes adoringly at charismatic husband Elyot, while Victor admires his new wife, the vivacious and sophisticated Amanda. Champagne flows and the sea shimmers in the moonlight as the newlyweds prepare for the evening ahead. But when Amanda overhears a familiar voice singing a forgotten song, an old spark reignites, with spectacular consequences. 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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  • Thu 26 Oct - Ray Mears Born To Go Wild

    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. Ray Mears, survivalist, Bushcraft expert, author, photographer and the star of countless television series will embark on a 31 date UK this autumn; BORN TO GO WILD. With a theme of the enjoyment of wild places Mears will give audiences a unique insight into his wilderness travels and survival techniques. Ray who has a new 7-part ITV series this autumn – Australian Wilderness with Ray Mears – will include tales of his most recent travels in Australia, trekking through mountains and deserts, rain-forests and oceans to encounter the weird and wonderful animals that have adapted to survive and thrive. Mears will also take the opportunity to talk extensively about fire, what it means to humanity and the essential role it plays in our survival. The legendary Mears who survived a helicopter crash when filming his first TV series in the early 90’s and helped Northumbria police track down one of the UK’s most notorious criminals in 2010 has been discovering the joys of exploring the wilderness from an early age. Mears is fascinated by those wild areas of the planet that are as yet undisturbed by civilized human activity. His fascination with this environment has shaped his life and established him as a leading voice in this field. Ray will take audiences on a journey that he values for cultural, spiritual, moral and aesthetic reasons and explain why he believes these are vital for creativity and the development of the human spirit.For two decades the name Ray Mears has become recognised throughout the world. His various television series Tracks, World of Survival, Trips, Money Can’t Buy with Ewan McGregor, The Real Heroes of Telemark and more have catapulted him into the public eye and inspired generations across the planet from small children to grandparents. Ray’s down to earth approach, his obvious passion for his subject and the empathy and respect he shows for the natural world and its inhabitants have established him as a force for good. 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. Bursting with fresh and astonishing spontaneity, the voice-throwing queen is back. British Comedy Award Winner Nina Conti improvises unforgettable puppetry using live audience members in cartoonish masks, with the help if her simian sidekick Monkey. She’s stormed Live at the Apollo, Sunday Night at the Palladium and made a BAFTA nominated film all without moving her lips, but this smash hit sell-out show is something to shout about.‘Gut-Bustingly Funny’ Telegraph‘You will see nothing like it onstage’ Evening Standard To alleviate large queues we ask that you arrive in good time as there are bag searches in place. Where possible please bring small bags with you. Book Tickets

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  • Sat 28 Oct - Paul Chowdhry

    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. Following his 2015 100 date sell-out tour, comedy powerhouse and star of Taskmaster, Live at The Apollo and Stand Up for the Week, Paul Chowdhry brings his highly anticipated new stand-up show to venues nationwide. ‘It’s a rare and joyous thing to see a stand up so vibrant and imperiously on top of his game’ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 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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  • 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 stunning 100% live show combine’s first class music together with slick choreography, and an amazing band. Truly outstanding, the best MOTOWN experience you will ever have!You’ll be ‘Dancing On The Ceiling’, with songs from legendary artistes such as Lionel Richie, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson Five, The Isley Brothers, Edwin Starr and many more.Let’s ‘Get Ready’…. to ‘Go Loco… Down in Acapulco’.The UK’s No.1 MOTOWN show will have you dancing ‘All Night Long’www.howsweet.co.uk 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 31 Oct - The Limehouse Golem (15)

    7:30 PM

    The Limehouse Golem (15) is a British horror-thriller film directed by Juan Carlos Medina with screenplay by Jane Goldman. The film, an adaptation of Peter Ackroyd’s 1994 murder mystery novel Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem, stars Olivia Cooke, Bill Nighy, and Douglas Booth.A series of murders has shaken the community to the point where people believe that only a legendary creature from dark times – the mythical so-called Golem must be responsible. 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. Be part of the magic as A Night of Dirty Dancing, heads out on its BIGGEST Tour yet – This Autumn 2017.No film has captured the hearts of a generation like Dirty Dancing. Relive the Passion, the Romance & Joy of the Cult Classic and celebrate the music of one of the greatest movie soundtracks of all time.Be part of the glorious summer of ‘63 and experience all your favourite songs such as She’s Like The Wind, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Hey Baby, Wipe-out, Hungry Eyes. And of course, the Oscar Winning (I’ve Had) The Time of my Life.*Please note this show is not affiliated with ‘Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage’ currently on tour in the UK and worldwide. To alleviate large queues we ask that you arrive in good time as there are bag searches in place. Where possible please bring small bags with you. Book Tickets

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Overview

  • Dates and times: Open Mon-Sat 10.30am-8pm. Open until 6pm on non-performance days.
  • Hire information: Contact venue for hire information.

Address and Contact info

  • Address: Civic Centre
  • Town: St Albans
  • County: Herts
  • Postcode: AL1 3LD

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Review Overview

Armstrong and Miller, Alban Arena, 20 November 2010 - review by herts critic
If you’re not the parent of a tweeny, or if you don’t like middle of the road music or dance, it’s probably only the comedy line-up that would bring you to The Alban Arena. Among the many top comic names, Armstrong and Miller are arguably the most celebrated to stop in as part of their national tour. 

It’s their two most recognised characters who open the show, the two World War II airmen, parachuting into the Arena. It’s always tricky to explain comedy but the twist in this sketch is that the airmen speak with 1940’s Queen’s English accents, but their language is... like, that of young chavs? Many of the favourites from the series make an appearance: the pair of musicians whose songs are unexpectedly crude, the TV historian who inevitably destroys a ‘quite literally priceless’ piece of antiquity, the husband who returns home early but fails to realise despite blatant evidence that his wife is having an affair with his boss and best friend, and the regency dancers whose flirtation becomes extremely explicit.  

The most successful sketches involved audience participation: including the pair of female organic stallholders who instigate a food fight, the dentist whose outrageous conversation can’t be stopped by his patient, and Jim whose wife has jilted him on their wedding day. Arguably the best sketch was that of the apologising children’s TV presenters, who have ‘let down’ their audience and have to explain in age-appropriate language their exceedingly adult late-night capers, much of which have clearly made the press. There were only a few spots that didn’t quite hit the target: the neanderthal song about language development was difficult to follow, the vampires appearing at a get fit session slowed the pace, and the odd shoehorning in of local references to please the St Albans audience was a little lame. 

Armstrong and Miller are fine comic actors, and one wonders whether, especially with a live audience, they have played the show a little safe – could they push the subject matters a little more, or demonstrate the broad range of their talents with some darker or more challenging material? Nevertheless, they do offer an excellent evening’s entertainment. The pace never slackens, and they are consummate performers. And in any case, this reviewer is glad to be anonymous, just in case Armstrong’s character may pretend to be friendly, and then turn to his intercom and utter “KILL HIM!” Verdict: King of Herts (4 out of 5)

26 Nov 10
2010-11-26T11:16:57.0000000+00:00
4
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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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