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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 20 Sep - Sinatra, Sequins & Swing: The Capitol Years Live!

    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. Attention Sinatra & Big Band Swing fans, you will not want to miss UK’s only Sinatra show endorsed by President of Sinatra Music Society. The ultimate homage to his golden years of 1953-61, this critically-acclaimed concert has wowed audiences for over six years with its spectacular sounding, visually evocative celebration of the era’s legendary songs & its ‘50s Hollywood glamour.  So relive the mighty Capitol Records  years through a cavalcade of greatest hits like Chicago (That Toddlin’ Town), Night & Day, Lady Is A Tramp, Wee Small Hours, The Tender Trap, I’ve Got You Under My Skin & many, many more. And if that wasn’t enough, enjoy recreations of famous songs from Sinatra’s memorable films & TV specials, some timeless hits from his famous Capitol tablemates – Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald and Bobby Darin – a vocally mesmerising ‘Marilyn Monroe’, fun and a surprise ‘guest’ in between.The show stars two of the most exciting & talented vocalists of this genre on the scene today, backed by the full-on-and-fabulous Capitol Orchestra (feat. players from Ronnie Scotts Jazz Orchestra/BBC Big Band/John Wilson Orchestra). The quality and charisma of the two vocal stars, Kevin Fitzsimmons/Kitty La Roar, has consistently mesmerised audiences worldwide. Similarly, the impact of the orchestra will hypnotise both newcomers and the most avid fans of the era. So get set for a brilliantly produced, exhilarating show by world-class swing vocal stars and musicians. But don’t just take our word for it…no lesser authority than Ken Barnes – President of Sinatra Music Society/Sinatra family’s representative in Europe – said: “If you hear of ‘Sinatra, Sequins & Swing’ in your area be sure to see it. You won’t find a better evening entertainment anywhere”. ‘With a perfectly natural timbre to his voice Fitzsimmons immediately conjures up Old Blue Eyes in his glory years.’ – The Stage‘…Kitty stole the show with her Marilyn-esque style and her own brand of sexy naughtiness, lovely voice and impossible curves!’ – LIFE magazine 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 show is inspired by the imagination of PT Barnum. Join our cast of West End Singers and LIVE band as we take you on a journey through music from “The Greatest Showman” “Moulin Rouge” “Barnum” and many others. A memorable night that will have you singing along and dancing in the aisles. This IS the greatest 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. Book Tickets

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  • Sat 22 Sep - The 2-Tone Tribute Tour

    7:30 PM

    Feat. classics from the Specials, Bad Manners and Madness Front Doors Open: 6.30pm Auditorium: 7pm 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.2-Tone took the British music charts by storm in 1979, and for a short, but incredibly exciting period, turned the country into a sea of black and white check. The seven young men at the heart of this musical revolution were the Specials, a band which created a blend of musical genres, mixing punk and Jamaican ska, producing an energy not seen on stage before. The Specials led the way for other bands that joined the 2-Tone movement such as The Selecter, Madness, the Beat, and the Bodysnatchers.Bad Manners were not so much about politics, but all about dance! Whilst not part of the 2-Tone label, their infectious ska tunes were perfect for the music of the time. They were led by their iconic lead singer, Buster Bloodvessel. Hot and sweaty in his oversized jump suit and his huge tongue seemingly permanently out, Bad Manners soon built up a massive following.Madness have been a favourite band of the British public ever since their early days as part of the 2-Tone movement. Although they moved away from 2-Tone for their 2nd album, they are still loved by rude boys and rude girls across the UK. Their ‘nutty’ sense of humour and their longevity as a band has won them a place in the hearts of many. Oh, and their incredible knack of producing memorable songs time after time.The 2-Tone Tribute Tour was formed to bring back that fantastic moment in time for a generation who lived through it. It’s all about the look, the attitude and, of course, the dancing!These iconic bands will be represented by London-based Special Kinda Madness, who play as the Specials and Madness, and The Special Brew from Cardiff who perform as Bad Manners. Two top tribute bands who tour nationally.So dust down your pork pie hats, and put on your Fred Perry, your Harrington, your DMs or your loafers. Because you’re on for a BIG night out. Three and a half hours of live 2-Tone and ska music from your favourite bands. Let’s relive 1979 all over again!Tributes to the Specials, Bad Manners and Madness, all on one stage.3 Bands … 2-Tone … 1 Fantastic Night! Book Tickets

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  • 11:00 AM

    Opening times and admission:Wednesday £3.00 Thursday £4.0011.00am – 11.00pm(CAMRA members free)Friday £5.00Saturday £6.0011.00am – 11.00pm(CAMRA members free)Up to 350 real ales, 50 ciders and perries, 50 bottle conditioned beers and 80 foreign beers from all over the world. Live music from The Landlords Thursday evening, Swan Vesta Social Club Saturday lunchtime and The Overtures Saturday evening. Short walk from St Albans City & Abbey railway stations.For more information:Web: stalbansbeerfestival.org.uk.Facebook: https:www.facebook.com/stalbansbeerfestival.Twitter: @stalbansbf Book Tickets

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  • Wed 03 Oct - Brian Blessed

    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. Larger than life British actor Brian Blessed is known for his hearty, king-sized portrayals on film and television. A giant of a man accompanied by an eloquent wit and booming, operatic voice.

An evening with Brian Blessed is an experience that nobody should miss. His eloquence and humour will have the audience captured from the moment he walks on stage until the moment he leaves.

Brian will talk about his career on stage and screen including anecdotes from Flash Gordon, Black Adder, I Claudius and Z Cars and his many appearances in Shakespearean Productions.

 He is also an avid climber and has conquered Everest and Kilimanjaro amongst others. 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 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 the spring of 2017 At Last – The Etta James Story toured the UK, selling out theaters in London, Liverpool, Manchester and across the country, receiving 5 star reviews and multiple standing ovations wherever it played. Starring the sensational Vika Bull ‘At Last’ tells the story of soul legend Etta James turbulent life and features some of her most beloved songs including Tell Mama, Something’s Got A Hold On Me, Sugar On The Floor, the heart rending I’d Rather Go Blind, her iconic signature song At Last and more. Vika puts her heart and soul into this unforgettable show and is joined on stage by some of Australia’s finest and funkiest musicians. During a long and tumultuous career that saw her win six Grammy Awards and a star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame, Etta James has influenced a vast array of artists from Diana Ross, Janis Joplin, Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones and Rod Stewart and is acknowledged as inspiring the careers of a new generation of singers from Christina Aguilera, Joss Stone, Adele and the late Amy Winehouse. Sadly, Etta’s frantic recording and touring schedule coincided with her ever-growing addiction problems and over time she not only sang the blues…she lived the blues. Mercifully, her passion for life and strength of character saw her conquer her demons and she continued to record and perform into her seventies. With respect, this is her story. 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 05 Oct - Magic Of Motown

    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. Now seen by over 1 million people worldwide, music fans are invited to the biggest party of the year as the unstoppable Magic of Motown show steams into town.Prepare yourself for 40 back-to-back classic Motown hits, glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves and outstanding musicianship in this explosive concert experience.Celebrate the sound of a generation as the timeless music of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Jackson 5, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson and many more are sensationally recreated for you by an exceptionally talented cast and band.This breath-taking concert spectacular takes you on a musical journey through all your favourite songs, including: Ain’t No Mountain, Signed Sealed Delivered, Grapevine, Get Ready, Dancing In The Streets, My Girl, Blame It On The Boogie, Uptight, Endless Love, My Cherie Amor, All Night Long, Heatwave, I’m Coming Out, Loco In Acapulco plus many 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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  • 3:00 PM

    Front Doors Open: 2pm Auditorium: 2.30pm Show Starts: 3pm 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 Searchers, The Merseybeats, The Fortunes, PJ Proby, Love Affair’s – Steve Ellis & Vanity Fare Following last years’ successful tour, Sixties Gold returns with an even stronger line-up of artists that, between them, scored over 50 UK Top 30 hits.With a career spanning 6 decades, The Searchers now embark upon what will be their ‘Farewell 60s’ tour. It all began in Liverpool, where they were tipped to be as big as The Beatles, The Searchers spent 128 weeks in the charts, with sales of more than 50 million, including 3 massive UK No.1 hits. The Merseybeats. Another success story from the Liverpool, Merseybeat boom years. Great memorable hit records including; Sorrow, I Think of You, and Wishin’ and Hopin’.Following on in the wake of Merseybeat, The Fortunes added another dimension to the sound of the classic pop song. With hits including; ‘You’ve Got Your Troubles’ and ‘Here It Comes Again’, The Fortunes remain one of the UK’s premier harmony groups.This will be ponytailed P.J. Proby’s final tour. His controversial trouser splitting shocked the nation and in 1964 and was the Melody Maker teen idol award winner. His hit records spent 91 weeks in the charts.Steve Ellis, the original lead vocalist and founder of Love Affair who had five Top 20 singles, including their No. 1 Everlasting Love.Finally, Vanity Fare, scored with three top 20 hits in the late sixties, including their catchy ‘Hitchin’ A Ride.Re-live the magic of the 1960s with Six of the biggest chart acts of the decade. 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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  • Sun 07 Oct - 50 Years – A Gala Celebration

    7:00 PM

    Front Doors Open: 6pm Auditorium: 6.30pm Show Starts: 7pm 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. Hosted by Bob Golding Joined by Phil Gallagher and Ian Kirkby Starring : Adam Hills Gareth Gates Shaun Williamson Rita Simons The 78 RPM Big Band Pete Firman Barry from Watford The West End Gospel choir Hats off To Led Zeppelin Vicky Arlidge Asha Banks The Alban Arena dancers … and introducing some stars of the future Plus a very special surprise guest artist Bob Golding Our very own adopted Son, the newly appointed Patron of The Alban Arena Bob Golding will be hosting this wonderful event. St Albans’ Pantomime royalty, Bob has been here with us for 8 years now and he premiered the last tour of the brilliant play Morecambe here after three previous tours and a west end run … – ‘Morecambe’ is – A one man play celebrating comic legend Eric Morecambe, winning the Fringe first award, Lawrence Olivier award for Best Entertainment and an Olivier award Best actor nomination, Best solo performer at the Whats on Stage Awards & performed at the Royal Variety Performance 2010. As well as being in many plays and musicals on tour and West End runs, Bob has also graced our screens in Mr Selfridge (ITV1) Tommy Cooper Not Like That, Like This ( ITV1) Trying Again (SKY) Eastenders (BBC) Watson & Oliver (BBC) Hetty Feather (BBC) The Slammer (CBBC) Diddy Movies/ Diddy TV (CBBC) Hoopla (CBBC), Hetty Feather (CBBC) Peter Kay’s ‘Britain’s Got The Pop Factor 1&2 (Channel 4) Family Affairs (Channel 5) Me Before You (MGM Films) The Last Laugh (Evolution Films) winning him best actor at the Discover Film Awards , Best Actor in the St Albans Film Festival and Best Supporting actor at the Southampton Film Festival. Phil Gallagher The super lovely Phil has appeared as the title character Mister Maker since 2007 on Cbeebies for the BBC. In 2009, he was nominated for the BAFTA Children’s Awards as Best Presenter for his role in Mister Maker and has been well loved all around the world on multiple sell out tours. We love Phil here at The Alban Arena as he has been in 3 of our most successful pantomimes. He also appeared in 2 episodes of Bear Behaving Badly as the Robot Rat Catcher and the Mummy, he has also played the role of ‘Mr Liker Biker’ in Grandpa In My Pocket. Ian Kirkby Ian is a long serving and well loved member of The Alban Arena pantomime cast. His Panto roles have had audiences in fits of laughter and his on stage partnership with Bob Golding has proved legendary in the pantomime world, earning Ian a nomination in last years Great British Pantomime awards for best supporting actor. Other work includes Harry Batt on CBBC’s Dick and Dom in da Bungalow, including many series with dick n dom, he played the much loved role of Mr. Burgess in the CBBC talent programme The Slammer and numerous theatre and television roles since leaving R.A.D.A in 1992. Adam Hills Already a gold-plated star in Australia, Adam Hills has now taken the UK by storm with his own talk show on Channel Four – The Last Leg. Originally a one-off series for the 2012 London Paralympics, the poms loved him so it has been on air ever since!Dubbed as the nicest guy in comedy, when he is not conquering the small screen he is treading the boards as one of the finest stand-up comedians, selling out rooms around the country and around the world. Gareth Gates In 2002, Gareth was famously runner-up to Will Young in the UK’s first Pop Idol. Instead of disappearing into ‘pop oblivion’, he carved out a very successful career for himself, having hits and travelling worldwide. Gareth sold 5 million records worldwide, released three albums and had five UK number-one singles. He won record of the year in 2002 and with that had the second best-selling single of the ‘noughties’ with ‘Unchained Melody’. Outside of the UK, Gareth was awarded Best International Male in 2003/04 from MTV Asia, MTV China & Taiwan. Gary joined the cast of Legally Blonde on its UK tour, playing the role of Warner. In addition to this, he toured with a new production of Boogie Nights with The Osmonds, and even sang ‘Puppy Love’ to delighted crowds! He also appeared on the second series of the popular ITV2 show The Big Reunion, which saw him join other pop stars in creating a new boy band, Fifth Story, who appeared at a sold-out concert at the Hammersmith Apollo, London. This year Gareth has just finished touring the UK with Footloose the Musical, where he played the comedy role for the first time! He loved it. Shaun Williamson Shaun is an English actor, singer, media personality, and occasional presenter, best known for his role as Barry Evans in EastEnders and as a satirical version of himself in the BBC/HBO Ricky Gervais sitcoms Extras and Life’s too short. He competed in Celebrity Big Brother 20, and became the eighth housemate to be evicted on day 23. In 2009, Williamson toured the UK playing habitual criminal Norman Stanley Fletcher in a stage version of the classic TV comedy Porridge to great acclaim and in 2012, he toured in a stage revival of the Ealing Studios film The Ladykillers. Also played the roles of Baron Bomburst and Lord Scrumptious in the UK tour production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as well as countless Pantomimes including here at the Alban Arena. We love Shaun. Rita Simons Our Rita is an English actress, singer, and model from Hertfordshire,who is known for playing Roxy Mitchell in the BBC soap opera EastEnders from 2007 to 2017, when her character was killed off. For her performance on the show Rita received many accolades, including the 2008 National Television Award for Most Popular Newcomer.nShe’s a loved regular on the pantomime circuit playing gutsy baddies and she was a huge success here at The Alban Arena in Snow White two years ago. She’s just completed a long national tour in the hit musical ,Legally Blonde. The 78 RPM Big Band Formed in 1990, the 78 RPM Big Band dominates the jazz, blues and funk scene in Cambridge. Its lively and versatile approach has quickly established it as one of the most popular bands in the Eastern Region and beyond. With their showmanship and energetic style, performances are definately not to be missed. The individual musicians have impressive credentials with varied and interesting backgrounds. They have a wealth of experience in live performing, coming from the QE2 and the Canberra, have featured in numerous radio and TV broadcasts and have played with Mark Rattray, Luke Goss, Bernie Marsden and Colin Blunstone, The Drifters, Shakatak and Katrina and the Waves. Pete Firman Pete is the UK’s leading comedian/magician and a TV regular. Recent appearances include ‘The Generation Game‘ (BBC1), ‘The Next Great Magician’ (ITV1), ‘Tonight at the London Palladium’ (ITV1), ‘Let’s Sing & Dance for Comic Relief’ (BBC1) and ‘Tommy Cooper Forever‘ (ITV1). He is the funniest and by far the most accomplished performer on the New Magic scene… funnier than most comedians and more magical than Dumbledore on a good day. ‘This guy is a complete star’ – TIME OUT‘The new poster-boy for British comedy magic’ – THE TELEGRAPH‘Scintillating magic tricks from an ebullient comedy mind’ – THE INDEPENDENT Barry From Watford Barry is the 82 year old lifestyle guru from Steve Wright’s BBC Radio 2 show and Noel Edmond’s short lived C4 game show Cheap Cheap Cheap. Never one to hark on about the old days, he is a redoubtable ex cockney who moved out to the suburbs during the war who believes the ills of the world can be solved with some no nonsense 1950s short sharp shocks. He is to the point but endearingly hilarious.“A comedic genius” – Matthew Parris (Radio Times) The West End Gospel Choir The West End Gospel choir in its 11th year is a Dynamic, Theatrical Gospel Choir Under The Artistic Direction Of Nathaniel Morrison. It is made up of 25+ West End and Industry Performers with a wide and varied range of musical genres in their repertoire from Gospel, Musical Theatre, Soul, Classical, Pop… you name it. The Choir is excited and humbled to be celebrating 50 successful years at The Alban Arena and with the love they also have for Theatre and music look forward to sharing their distinctive, rich and undeniably unique sound with all attending the 50 year celebration Gala Show. Hats Off to Led Zeppelin Hats Off to Led Zeppelin has received many accolades over the years, most recently winning BEST LED ZEPPELIN tribute for the third year running at the National Tribute Awards and BEST TRIBUTE BAND IN THE UK 2017 as voted for by the AGENTS ASSOCIATION OF GREAT BRITAIN. Having played with QUEEN, Ray Davies, Edwin Starr, Iron Maiden, Gerry & the Pacemakers, PJ Proby, Shaun Ryder & the Seahorses as well as appearing in some of the West End’s most enduring show including WE WILL ROCK YOU, Tommy, Thriller LIVE!, American Idiot, Jersey Boys, Dancing in the Streets & Buddy, these guys are a truly professional outfit guaranteed to give you a night that you won’t forget in a hurry! Vicky Arlidge Vicky fell into comedy in 2011 after her song “Mum, can you wipe my bum?” went viral on youtube. 60,000 Youtube hits later she has taken two one-woman shows to the Edinburgh Festival, been nominated for the Funny Women Best Show Award and has performed twice at Glastonbury. She has also been short listed for the BBC New Comedy Award and reached the semi-finals of the Golden Jester, Funny Women and Musical Comedy Awards.“Haven’t laughed so much since my husband died!” – Pamela Humphreys.“She’s quite good, but not as funny as a man” – Donald Trump.” Asha Banks St Albans very own rising star Asha recently Played Pandora Braithwaite in The musical of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, aged 13 ¾ at the Menier Chocolate Factory, London. She has also played major roles in west end musicals and tours including the part of Violet In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Les Miserables and Annie. Watch this space for a very exciting career in Show Business. The Alban Arena Dancers The finest dancers seen here at the Alban Arena;Natalie wrightJoe CrickJess AdamsRyan ToussaintEmily Barnett SalterJack Warren 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 Alban Arena is extremely proud to present an evening of entertainment, music, comedy and more as we celebrate our 50th anniversary as Hertfordshire’s Premier Entertainment VenueOur very own adopted Son, the newly appointed Patron of The Alban Arena Bob Golding will be hosting this wonderful event. St Albans’ Pantomime royalty, Bob has been here with us for 8 years now and he premiered the last tour of the brilliant play Morecambe here after three previous tours and a west end run … – ‘Morecambe’ is – A one man play celebrating comic legend Eric Morecambe, winning the Fringe first award, Lawrence Olivier award for Best Entertainment and an Olivier award Best actor nomination, Best solo performer at the Whats on Stage Awards & performed at the Royal Variety Performance 2010. As well as being in many plays and musicals on tour and West End runs, Bob has also graced our screens in Mr Selfridge (ITV1) Tommy Cooper Not Like That, Like This ( ITV1) Trying Again (SKY) Eastenders (BBC) Watson & Oliver (BBC) Hetty Feather (BBC) The Slammer (CBBC) Diddy Movies/ Diddy TV (CBBC) Hoopla (CBBC), Hetty Feather (CBBC) Peter Kay’s ‘Britain’s Got The Pop Factor 1&2 (Channel 4) Family Affairs (Channel 5) Me Before You (MGM Films) The Last Laugh (Evolution Films) winning him best actor at the Discover Film Awards , Best Actor in the St Albans Film Festival and Best Supporting actor at the Southampton Film Festival. The super lovely Phil has appeared as the title character Mister Maker since 2007 on Cbeebies for the BBC. In 2009, he was nominated for the BAFTA Children’s Awards as Best Presenter for his role in Mister Maker and has been well loved all around the world on multiple sell out tours. We love Phil here at The Alban Arena as he has been in 3 of our most successful pantomimes. He also appeared in 2 episodes of Bear Behaving Badly as the Robot Rat Catcher and the Mummy, he has also played the role of ‘Mr Liker Biker’ in Grandpa In My Pocket.Ian is a long serving and well loved member of The Alban Arena pantomime cast. His Panto roles have had audiences in fits of laughter and his on stage partnership with Bob Golding has proved legendary in the pantomime world, earning Ian a nomination in last years Great British Pantomime awards for best supporting actor. Other work includes Harry Batt on CBBC’s Dick and Dom in da Bungalow, including many series with dick n dom, he played the much loved role of Mr. Burgess in the CBBC talent programme The Slammer and numerous theatre and television roles since leaving R.A.D.A in 1992.Already a gold-plated star in Australia, Adam Hills has now taken the UK by storm with his own talk show on Channel Four – The Last Leg. Originally a one-off series for the 2012 London Paralympics, the poms loved him so it has been on air ever since!Dubbed as the nicest guy in comedy, when he is not conquering the small screen he is treading the boards as one of the finest stand-up comedians, selling out rooms around the country and around the world.In 2002, Gareth was famously runner-up to Will Young in the UK’s first Pop Idol. Instead of disappearing into ‘pop oblivion’, he carved out a very successful career for himself, having hits and travelling worldwide. Gareth sold 5 million records worldwide, released three albums and had five UK number-one singles. He won record of the year in 2002 and with that had the second best-selling single of the ‘noughties’ with ‘Unchained Melody’. Outside of the UK, Gareth was awarded Best International Male in 2003/04 from MTV Asia, MTV China & Taiwan. Gary joined the cast of Legally Blonde on its UK tour, playing the role of Warner. In addition to this, he toured with a new production of Boogie Nights with The Osmonds, and even sang ‘Puppy Love’ to delighted crowds! He also appeared on the second series of the popular ITV2 show The Big Reunion, which saw him join other pop stars in creating a new boy band, Fifth Story, who appeared at a sold-out concert at the Hammersmith Apollo, London. This year Gareth has just finished touring the UK with Footloose the Musical, where he played the comedy role for the first time! He loved it.Shaun is an English actor, singer, media personality, and occasional presenter, best known for his role as Barry Evans in EastEnders and as a satirical version of himself in the BBC/HBO Ricky Gervais sitcoms Extras and Life’s too short. He competed in Celebrity Big Brother 20, and became the eighth housemate to be evicted on day 23. In 2009, Williamson toured the UK playing habitual criminal Norman Stanley Fletcher in a stage version of the classic TV comedy Porridge to great acclaim and in 2012, he toured in a stage revival of the Ealing Studios film The Ladykillers. Also played the roles of Baron Bomburst and Lord Scrumptious in the UK tour production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as well as countless Pantomimes including here at the Alban Arena. We love Shaun.Our Rita is an English actress, singer, and model from Hertfordshire,who is known for playing Roxy Mitchell in the BBC soap opera EastEnders from 2007 to 2017, when her character was killed off. For her performance on the show Rita received many accolades, including the 2008 National Television Award for Most Popular Newcomer.nShe’s a loved regular on the pantomime circuit playing gutsy baddies and she was a huge success here at The Alban Arena in Snow White two years ago. She’s just completed a long national tour in the hit musical ,Legally Blonde.Formed in 1990, the 78 RPM Big Band dominates the jazz, blues and funk scene in Cambridge. Its lively and versatile approach has quickly established it as one of the most popular bands in the Eastern Region and beyond. With their showmanship and energetic style, performances are definately not to be missed. The individual musicians have impressive credentials with varied and interesting backgrounds. They have a wealth of experience in live performing, coming from the QE2 and the Canberra, have featured in numerous radio and TV broadcasts and have played with Mark Rattray, Luke Goss, Bernie Marsden and Colin Blunstone, The Drifters, Shakatak and Katrina and the Waves.Pete is the UK’s leading comedian/magician and a TV regular. Recent appearances include ‘The Generation Game‘ (BBC1), ‘The Next Great Magician’ (ITV1), ‘Tonight at the London Palladium’ (ITV1), ‘Let’s Sing & Dance for Comic Relief’ (BBC1) and ‘Tommy Cooper Forever‘ (ITV1). He is the funniest and by far the most accomplished performer on the New Magic scene… funnier than most comedians and more magical than Dumbledore on a good day. ‘This guy is a complete star’ – TIME OUT‘The new poster-boy for British comedy magic’ – THE TELEGRAPH‘Scintillating magic tricks from an ebullient comedy mind’ – THE INDEPENDENTBarry is the 82 year old lifestyle guru from Steve Wright’s BBC Radio 2 show and Noel Edmond’s short lived C4 game show Cheap Cheap Cheap. Never one to hark on about the old days, he is a redoubtable ex cockney who moved out to the suburbs during the war who believes the ills of the world can be solved with some no nonsense 1950s short sharp shocks. He is to the point but endearingly hilarious.“A comedic genius” – Matthew Parris (Radio Times)The West End Gospel choir in its 11th year is a Dynamic, Theatrical Gospel Choir Under The Artistic Direction Of Nathaniel Morrison. It is made up of 25+ West End and Industry Performers with a wide and varied range of musical genres in their repertoire from Gospel, Musical Theatre, Soul, Classical, Pop… you name it. The Choir is excited and humbled to be celebrating 50 successful years at The Alban Arena and with the love they also have for Theatre and music look forward to sharing their distinctive, rich and undeniably unique sound with all attending the 50 year celebration Gala Show.Hats Off to Led Zeppelin has received many accolades over the years, most recently winning BEST LED ZEPPELIN tribute for the third year running at the National Tribute Awards and BEST TRIBUTE BAND IN THE UK 2017 as voted for by the AGENTS ASSOCIATION OF GREAT BRITAIN. Having played with QUEEN, Ray Davies, Edwin Starr, Iron Maiden, Gerry & the Pacemakers, PJ Proby, Shaun Ryder & the Seahorses as well as appearing in some of the West End’s most enduring show including WE WILL ROCK YOU, Tommy, Thriller LIVE!, American Idiot, Jersey Boys, Dancing in the Streets & Buddy, these guys are a truly professional outfit guaranteed to give you a night that you won’t forget in a hurry!Vicky fell into comedy in 2011 after her song “Mum, can you wipe my bum?” went viral on youtube. 60,000 Youtube hits later she has taken two one-woman shows to the Edinburgh Festival, been nominated for the Funny Women Best Show Award and has performed twice at Glastonbury. She has also been short listed for the BBC New Comedy Award and reached the semi-finals of the Golden Jester, Funny Women and Musical Comedy Awards.“Haven’t laughed so much since my husband died!” – Pamela Humphreys.“She’s quite good, but not as funny as a man” – Donald Trump.”St Albans very own rising star Asha recently Played Pandora Braithwaite in The musical of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, aged 13 ¾ at the Menier Chocolate Factory, London. She has also played major roles in west end musicals and tours including the part of Violet In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Les Miserables and Annie. Watch this space for a very exciting career in Show Business. 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. My fellow Vaudevillians,Following the extraordinary success of the Cradle To Grave tour I was asked to reconsider my initial statement that I would never undertake such a venture again. The applause of the public can be a seductive narcotic and weaker souls than I would be tempted to repeat the thrills harvested during that ‘uproarious whirligig of joy’ simply to bolster their already outsized egos. After much reflection I have decided that I cannot allow such rampant narcissism to cloud my judgment. I said ‘one farewell’ tour’ and I meant ‘one farewell tour’. There will be no more.These exhibitions will be startling, high kicking, fresh, eruptive and often under three hours long. On this, once again, you have my word. To help me mark the festivities I will joined on some nights by both Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan – two of the nicest dogs I have ever owned.I hope people will understand my resolve never to tour again and also why these upcoming performances are absolutely necessary to mark such a declaration. I hope you can once more attend to help celebrate my iron will in this matter and on the night reflect that, even in these fickle times, there are still men who will hold fast to their principles.I am that man. So vote for me. Sorry, not ‘vote’, I meant ‘come and see’.It will be almost certainly your last chance. To quote the philosopher Slocombe, “I am unanimous in that.’Now raise the curtain, pour the drinks, play the music – because here we go again…★★★★★ “A delightful nostalgia fest. An ‘evening with’ like no other”, Mail on Sunday★★★★★ “A raft of cracking anecdotes”, Mail on Sunday★★★★ “Boy can he sell a story… a compelling, evocative account of his south London roots”, Evening Standard★★★★ “A sequel surely beckons” Evening Standard★★★★ “Entertaining audiences with stories that are eclectic”, The I★★★★ “Brings them to life through a blend of irrepressible gusto” The I“Good fun”, The Times“Baker is at ease on stage”, The Times“It’s hard not to marvel at the flow”, The Guardian“Baker makes a compelling case for the liveliness of his personal golden age. His glee, and his love for their protagonists, bring them leaping to life. As a host, he’s entirely unpretentious and fires off stories as they come to him”, 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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  • Tue 09 Oct - The Children Act (12A)

    12:30 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. The Children Act is a drama film directed by Richard Eyre, produced by Duncan Kenworthy, and written by Ian McEwan, based on a 2014 novel of the same name. It stars Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, and Fionn Whitehead.  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 Children Act is a drama film directed by Richard Eyre, produced by Duncan Kenworthy, and written by Ian McEwan, based on a 2014 novel of the same name. It stars Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, and Fionn Whitehead. Book Tickets

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  • 5:30 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. A working class family man, Christopher Robin( Ewan McGregor), encounters his childhood friend Winnie the Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life.  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 working class family man, Christopher Robin( Ewan McGregor), encounters his childhood friend Winnie the Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life. 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
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
The Alban Arena
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
The Alban Arena
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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