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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 16 Jul - 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. Ready to go on a journey like no other? This Autumn, Winners of BBC’s ‘The Naked Choir’, The Sons of Pitches are taking you on an A Cappella journey ‘Around The World’!They’ve sung 100 UK number ones in one night, they’ve channel hopped around the world of television but now they are singing songs from all over planet Earth. The boys will be attempting to leave no stone unturned as they perform tunes from the US to Sweden, Iceland to Japan and Australia to Colombia. There’ll be multiple languages, numerous styles of music and plenty of hits by some of the biggest international artists out there. Not only will you be hearing tracks you know and love but the boys will be once again bringing their trademark improvised numbers to the world stage; a song about a beach in Skegness in a Bossa Nova style – you’ve got it! There’ll be plenty of moments for you to get involved with the Sons’ on their global expedition through music. With over three million YouTube hits and a growing international reputation, it’s fair to say that ‘The Sons’ have “given a cappella a kick up the backside”.Since their formation in 2010, the Sons of Pitches, which is made up of Joe Novelli, Joe Hinds, Joe Belham, Josh Mallett and Midé Naike, have established themselves as one of the premiere vocal groups currently working in the UK.   With a programme of inventive pop covers, original numbers and entertaining improvised songs, the Sons of Pitches have performed at both public and private engagements with previous clients including Microsoft, Sky, ASOS, Nokia and the NFL, and headline performances on The London Eye, Hampton Court, the NEC Birmingham, Vale Fest, Greenwich Festival and international events in Hong Kong, Austria, Spain and the USA, together with a sell-out debut run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.In addition, ‘The Sons’ completed three hugely successful headline UK tours throughout 2016 and 2017, performing 72 shows to over 60,000 fans. Most recently, the Sons of Pitches starred as the house band on Sky1’s TV entertainment series Sing: Ultimate A Cappella, presented by Cat Deeley, who posted a picture of her with the band with the caption “My favourite guys in the whole wide world.” You really can expect something for everyone as The Sons of Pitches go intercontinental with their brand new show ‘Around The World.’ 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 17 Oct - Live at the Alban Arena 2019

    7:30 PM

    Front Doors Open: 6.30pm Auditorium: 7pm Show Starts: 7.30pm To alleviate large queues we ask that you arrive in good time as there are bag searches in place. Where possible please bring small bags with you. The biggest names in stand-up, live in St Albans. Join us for our celebration of the biggest and best comedians on the UK circuit. This edition’s phenomenal line-up features Sara Pascoe, Glenn Moore, Felicity Ward and Fin Taylor.SARA PASCOEThe multi award-winning comedian and author visits St Albans following a sell-out run in the West End and a nationwide tour. A regular face on our screens, she’s appeared on Live at the Apollo, Mock The Week, QI, Taskmaster and many more.“Whipsmart and winningly funny” ★★★★ The GuardianGLENN MOOREAs regularly seen on BBC Two’s Mock The Week and regularly heard on Absolute Radio, Glenn was nominated for the 2018 Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Show for his unique, rapid-fire jokes and quick-witted one-liners.“Pure joke-writing skill” ★★★★ The GuardianFELICITY WARDAs seen on BBC Two’s Live at the Apollo, her own Netflix stand-up special for Live from the BBC, and heard on her BBC Radio 4 series, Felicity is a unique voice on the stand-up circuit. She’s a regular co-host of The Guilty Feminist podcast and she’ssupported Katherine Ryan and Maria Bamford on tour.“A gloriously entertaining stand-up at the top of their game” ★★★★ Evening StandardFIN TAYLORAs seen on BBC Two’s Live at the Apollo and The Mash Report, with his own Comedy Central stand-up special, Fin has quickly established himself as one of the most original voices on the comedy circuit.“A gutsy, ingenious and fearless truth-teller with the jokes to back up his attitude” ★★★★ The TimesLARRY DEANGlaswegian comic Larry Dean (BBC Two’s Live at the Apollo, BBC Two’s Mock The Week, BBC One’s Michael McIntyre’s Big Show, Comedy Central’s Roast Battle) is quickly becoming one of the country’s biggest rising stars.Contains adult themes and language. The line-up is subject to change. To alleviate large queues we ask that you arrive in good time as there are bag searches in place. Where possible please bring small bags with you. Book Tickets

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  • 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 Drifters are back on tour in the UK with a brand-new show performing all their classic hits from the last six decades. The legendary group have previously been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, listed among the Greatest Artists of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine and have produced an incredible list of hits – including; Saturday Night at the Movies, Come on Over to My Place, Stand By Me, Under the Boardwalk and many, many more!Following phenomenal success for their 65th Anniversary tour in 2018, The Drifters are back on the road with string of additional dates for 2019, with a line up hand-picked by Tina Treadwell herself – President of the Treadwell Entertainment Group and owner of The Drifters name.Tina, who previously worked for Disney as an executive producer and casting director, believes this current line-up is one of the best to date and looks forward to the upcoming concert tour. “I am very excited that following our 65th anniversary year we have a new show for the fans who we invite to join us in celebrating this incredible and everlasting story of The Drifters.” 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 19 Oct - Tabby McTat

    1:30 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. Freckle Productions presents… From the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler “Me, you and the old guitar, How perfectly, perfectly happy we are. MEEE-EW and the old guitar. How PURRRR-fectly happy we are!” Tabby McTat is a cat with the loudest of meee-ews and a best friend with a guitar. Together they sing their favourite songs delighting the crowds, until one day Fred disappears. Separated and alone, Tabby finds shelter and a new life with all the home comforts that any cat could dream of. However, memories of his life with Fred haunt him, and he sets off to search the streets for his long-lost friend. From the team behind Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales and Zog, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Tabby McTat is a heart-warming tale of friendship and loyalty interwoven with original songs and a sprinkling of magic. Suitable for children and families of all ages. ★★★★ ‘The zippiest Donaldson adaptation I’ve seen – a real delight’ Time Out ‘Very funny. A lovely heart-warming story that I would recommend to all’ Mini Travellers ★★★★ (4.5 stars) ‘A bright and colourful, hour-long stream of story-telling, music, dance and magic’ What’s Worth Seeing ‘Simply stunning Freckle keep excelling themselves’  Rock N Roller Baby ‘Magic’ The Mini Malpi Creative Team; Directed by JJ Green with Bobby Delaney Design Consultant – Zoe Squire Original Direction – Alan Lane Music – Bobby Delaney Lyrics – JJ Green   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.Freckle Productions presents… From the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler“Me, you and the old guitar, How perfectly, perfectly happy we are. MEEE-EW and the old guitar. How PURRRR-fectly happy we are!”Tabby McTat is a cat with the loudest of meee-ews and a best friend with a guitar. Together they sing their favourite songs delighting the crowds, until one day Fred disappears. Separated and alone, Tabby finds shelter and a new life with all the home comforts that any cat could dream of. However, memories of his life with Fred haunt him, and he sets off to search the streets for his long-lost friend.From the team behind Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales and Zog, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Tabby McTat is a heart-warming tale of friendship and loyalty interwoven with original songs and a sprinkling of magic.Suitable for children and families of all ages.★★★★ ‘The zippiest Donaldson adaptation I’ve seen – a real delight’ Time Out‘Very funny. A lovely heart-warming story that I would recommend to all’ Mini Travellers★★★★ (4.5 stars) ‘A bright and colourful, hour-long stream of story-telling, music, dance and magic’ What’s Worth Seeing‘Simply stunning Freckle keep excelling themselves’  Rock N Roller Baby‘Magic’ The Mini MalpiCreative Team; Directed by JJ Green with Bobby Delaney Design Consultant – Zoe Squire Original Direction – Alan Lane Music – Bobby Delaney Lyrics – JJ Green Age suitability: All ages welcome. 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. Strictly Come Dancing favourites Ian Waite and Vincent Simone are joining forces in 2019 with their brand new production – THE BALLROOM BOYS.Argentine Tango legend Vincent and King of the Ballroom Ian, will be joined by two professional female dancers and a wonderful vocalist. The night will be packed with dances, songs and loads of banter!Expect dances like the Waltz, Quickstep, Paso Doble, Foxtrot and of course, the Argentine Tango!Get ready for a high intensity evening of glitz and glamour with Ian & Vincent… THE BALLROOM BOYS!Produced by Strictly Theatre Co 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 22 Oct - Abba Mania

    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. You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life…. Celebrating Over 40 Years of ABBA Europe’s leading Abba tribute, Abbamania continue to entertain audiences with their outstanding vocals and musical performances live on stage. Abbamania’s widely acclaimed tribute to Abba is a sensational two hour show featuring record breaking and timeless bits from ‘Waterloo, Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia, Fernando and Chiquitita’, which will have you dancing I the aisles! So dust off your platforms, put on your flares and come along to enjoy an unforgettable night with Abbamania!  To alleviate large queues we ask that you arrive in good time as there are bag searches in place. Where possible please bring small bags with you.You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life….Celebrating Over 40 Years of ABBAEurope’s leading Abba tribute, Abbamania continue to entertain audiences with their outstanding vocals and musical performances live on stage.Abbamania’s widely acclaimed tribute to Abba is a sensational two hour show featuring record breaking and timeless bits from ‘Waterloo, Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia, Fernando and Chiquitita’, which will have you dancing I the aisles!So dust off your platforms, put on your flares and come along to enjoy an unforgettable night with Abbamania! Book Tickets

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  • 12:00 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. Milkshake Monkey can’t wait to put on a spectacular new musical for you all! But when stage fright hits, his favourite Milkshake friends come to help, creating the most dazzling show you have ever seen! Be part of this fantastic production as you learn the amazing songs and dances with your favourite Milkshake friends, and watch as the music, the lights, the costumes and stage come together. With great Milkshake friends, anything is possible. Starring Fireman Sam, Noddy, Shimmer & Shine, Digby Dragon, Wissper, Nella the Princess Knight and the Floogals, alongside two Milkshake Presenters, this brand-new show has plenty of laughter, audience interaction and great fun to get everyone up on their feet! It’s a family 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.Milkshake Monkey can’t wait to put on a spectacular new musical for you all! But when stage fright hits, his favourite Milkshake friends come to help, creating the most dazzling show you have ever seen!Be part of this fantastic production as you learn the amazing songs and dances with your favourite Milkshake friends, and watch as the music, the lights, the costumes and stage come together. With great Milkshake friends, anything is possible.Starring Fireman Sam, Noddy, Shimmer & Shine, Digby Dragon, Wissper, Nella the Princess Knight and the Floogals, alongside two Milkshake Presenters, this brand-new show has plenty of laughter, audience interaction and great fun to get everyone up on their feet! It’s a family show not to be missed!Legals: Book Tickets

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  • Fri 25 Oct - Lost in Music – One Night at The Disco

    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. One Night at The Disco Get ready to recreate the Magical 70’s and let us take you on a musical journey straight to the heart of Disco!Relive some of the greatest songs of all time from Artists such as Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, Earth, Wind & Fire, Sister Sledge and Chic.This show boasts a sensational live band, incredibly talented cast and stunning vocals and is sure to have you dancing in the aisles! So, come dressed to impress as we celebrate the golden age of Disco!With songs such as Never Can Say Goodbye, On The Radio, Hot Stuff, Car Wash, Boogie Wonderland and many, many more!It’s the feel-good show of the year! Lose yourself with us and leave your troubles at home!This is a tribute show and is in no way affiliated with any original artists/estates/management companies or similar shows.Promoter reserves the right to alter the programme. 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 Big O & the Wilburys show is back – bigger and better than ever! Come and celebrate with the band as they commemorate 30 YEARS since the Wilburys original album release and pay a special tribute to The Big O, who died later the same year.Roy Orbison and the Traveling Wilburys Experience will take you on a journey through the story of the Wilburys. With expert narrative and BIG SCREEN ACTION, this 30th Anniversary Special is unmissable. With tributes to, Jeff Lynne, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison and Bob Dylan. All the Traveling Wilbury hits and classics are included in the show including Handle with Care, End of the Line, Wilbury Twist, Heading for the Light, Tweeter and the Monkey Man, Nobody’s Child, Last Night and many more. Totally unique to this production are five authentic Lookalike-Sound-alike’s to the famous Traveling Wilburys, enabling the show to explore the Solo Hits of the Famous Five. Mr Blue Sky, Pretty Woman, Blowin in the Wind, Here Comes The Sun, Runnin Down a Dream, Sweet Talkin Woman, Only the Lonely, the Mighty Quinn and I Got My Mind Set on You are just a few of the Million-Selling hits you’ll hear throughout the show. This joyous, up-tempo feel-good celebration of classic pop music is guaranteed to have you singing and dancing in the aisles. Web Site www.travelingwilburystribute.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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  • Sun 27 Oct - Miami Pro

    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. We have top models and famous athletes competing from all over the world for the Miami Pro Universe Championship title, so if you’re a fitness model, Men’s Physique or Bikini competitor then come and compete at this prestigious event. Categories include: * Men’s Physique * Fitness Model * Muscle Model * Bikini, * Tattooed Bikini & Fitness Model * Junior and Over 35s categories and much more. If you too want to compete, then enter here: www.MiamiProEvents.co.uk Fantastic prizes will be awarded to selected competitors, including MP Pro cards and Pro status, professional photo shoots and more… Plus, selected lucky models will be the FACES of the next Miami Pro Championships 2020 posters & flyers 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. 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. We have top models and famous athletes competing from all over the world for the Miami Pro Universe Championship title, so if you’re a fitness model, Men’s Physique or Bikini competitor then come and compete at this prestigious event.Categories include: * Men’s Physique * Fitness Model * Muscle Model * Bikini, * Tattooed Bikini & Fitness Model * Junior and Over 35s categories and much more.If you too want to compete, then enter here: www.MiamiProEvents.co.ukFantastic prizes will be awarded to selected competitors, including MP Pro cards and Pro status, professional photo shoots and more… Plus, selected lucky models will be the FACES of the next Miami Pro Championships 2020 posters & flyers 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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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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