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The Alban Arena

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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  • Thu 04 Mar - We Will Rock You

    7:30 PM

    Front Doors Open: 6.30pm Auditorium: 7pm Show Starts: 7.30pm   Front Doors Open: 12.30pm Auditorium: 1pm Show Starts: 1.30pm   Front Doors Open: 5.30pm Auditorium: 6pm Show Starts: 6.30pm 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. £17 (best seats stalls) £15.50 (standard stall seats) £12.50 (rear of stalls)*   Concessions: Rare Productions brings their latest spectacular youth production to The Alban Arena. Featuring chart-topping Queen songs including “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Killer Queen,” “We Will Rock You,” “Somebody To Love,” “We Are the Champions,” and many more This exciting new adaptation of the West End show follows two young rebels as they restore rock ‘n’ roll to “the iPlanet” in a post-apocalyptic world. WE WILL ROCK YOU is a musical for our time: a fist-pumping, foot-stomping anthem to individuality.   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. Featuring chart-topping Queen songs including “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Killer Queen,” “We Will Rock You,” “Somebody To Love,” “We Are the Champions,” and many moreThis exciting new adaptation of the West End show follows two young rebels as they restore rock ‘n’ roll to “the iPlanet” in a post-apocalyptic world. WE WILL ROCK YOU is a musical for our time: a fist-pumping, foot-stomping anthem to individuality. Book Tickets

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  • 10:00 AM

    In the process of being rescheduled, check back for update   Doors open 10am – 7pm   First guest on stage at 10:30am 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. Renown Pictures and Talking Pictures TV are delighted to announce another festival of film for 2020 A truly great day out for fans of British film and TV from the 1940s, 1950s & 1960s. The day includes a variety of films, shorts and celebrity guests from the world of film and the eras we all love, on stage throughout the day. PLUS a selection of stalls selling film memorabilia, special book signings & DVDs. FULL GUEST LINE-UP AND SCREENING PROGRAMME TO BE ANNOUNCED   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.Renown Pictures and Talking Pictures TV are delighted to announce another festival of film for 2020A truly great day out for fans of British film and TV from the 1940s, 1950s & 1960s. The day includes a variety of films, shorts and celebrity guests from the world of film and the eras we all love, on stage throughout the day. PLUS a selection of stalls selling film memorabilia, special book signings & DVDs.FULL GUEST LINE-UP AND SCREENING PROGRAMME TO BE ANNOUNCED Book Tickets

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  • Thu 01 Apr - Direct from the USA – The Ultimate Barry White Revue

    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. William Hicks with his live band and three-piece female group The Supreme Dreamgirls celebrate the music of the legend that is Mr Barry White. An experience as close to the man and his music as possible featuring all the hits including Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love Babe, You’re The First My Last My Everything, Never Never Gonna Give You Up, and Love Theme.  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.William Hicks with his live band and three-piece female group The Supreme Dreamgirls celebrate the music of the legend that is Mr Barry White.An experience as close to the man and his music as possible featuring all the hits including Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love Babe, You’re The First My Last My Everything, Never Never Gonna Give You Up, and Love Theme. 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. 40th Anniversary Show With a career spanning more than three decades and a back catalogue packed with groove classics Shakatak have enjoyed a level of success and career longevity rarely achieved in contemporary music, in fact the year 2020 will be the 40th anniversary of the band. Because of the nature of their music their fan base is far reaching while always retaining an “underground” element. This paradox sees the band, who are known primarily as serious musicians, enjoying both high cult status and instant recognition as a household name. Their many hits include the singles Easier Said Than Done, Night Birds and Down on the Street, and they have released more than 50 CDs plus three DVDs, their brand-new cd “In the Blue Zone” has recently been released. The six-piece line-up features the four original members: Bill Sharpe, Jill Saward, Roger Odell and George Anderson.  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.With a career spanning more than three decades and a back catalogue packed with groove classics Shakatak have enjoyed a level of success and career longevity rarely achieved in contemporary music, in fact the year 2020 will be the 40th anniversary of the band.Because of the nature of their music their fan base is far reaching while always retaining an “underground” element. This paradox sees the band, who are known primarily as serious musicians, enjoying both high cult status and instant recognition as a household name.Their many hits include the singles Easier Said Than Done, Night Birds and Down on the Street, and they have released more than 50 CDs plus three DVDs, their brand-new cd “In the Blue Zone” has recently been released.The six-piece line-up features the four original members: Bill Sharpe, Jill Saward, Roger Odell and George Anderson. Book Tickets

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  • Sat 17 Apr - The Sensational 60’s Experience

    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 and best 60’s show touring the UK is appearing at The Alban Arena for one night only, with a brand new production for 2021. The Sensational 60’s Experience brings you a three hour 60’s spectacular of pure nostalgia. The show with the definite feel good factor will transport you back to that magical decade that was the 1960’s. The Sensational 60’s Experience will deliver to you a night never to be forgotten where you’ll find it impossible to remain in your seat. Whether you come to this show to relive your childhood memories or you just simply want to see what your parents have been raving about for all these years. Come and experience the musical phenomena of the 1960s for yourself. This is must see 60’s show for 2021 Starring Mike Pender (Original voice of The Searchers, 80TH Birthday Tour) The Fortunes, The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Fourmost and Meet The Beatles starring The Revolvers. Hits include Needles and Pins, Storm In A Teacup, Hippy Hippy Shake, A Little Lovin, A Hard Day’s Night plus many more. Step back in time to when pop music was at its very best. 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.The biggest and best 60’s show touring the UK is appearing at The Alban Arena for one night only, with a brand new production for 2021. The Sensational 60’s Experience brings you a three hour 60’s spectacular of pure nostalgia. The show with the definite feel good factor will transport you back to that magical decade that was the 1960’s. The Sensational 60’s Experience will deliver to you a night never to be forgotten where you’ll find it impossible to remain in your seat.Whether you come to this show to relive your childhood memories or you just simply want to see what your parents have been raving about for all these years. Come and experience the musical phenomena of the 1960s for yourself. This is must see 60’s show for 2021Starring Mike Pender (Original voice of The Searchers, 80TH Birthday Tour) The Fortunes, The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Fourmost and Meet The Beatles starring The Revolvers. Hits include Needles and Pins, Storm In A Teacup, Hippy Hippy Shake, A Little Lovin, A Hard Day’s Night plus many more. Step back in time to when pop music was at its very best. Book Tickets

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  • 7:30 PM

    – In the process of being rescheduled, check back for an update    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. Now celebrating 40 years since their debut on the West End stage in ‘Beatlemania’, the world’s Premier Beatles band continues to draw critical acclaim with their flawless recreation of the greatest songbook in history. Tracing the Fab Four’s journey through the swinging 60s, every tiny detail is forensically observed from their authentic period costumes and instruments, to their witty stage banter and mind bogglingly accurate vocal impersonation. With a little help from their own orchestral ensemble, and featuring a special set to mark the 50th anniversary of Let It Be, this show is an absolute must-see for Beatle-maniacs of all ages. “Entirely convincing.” The Times “Less a Tribute, more a reincarnation” The Telegraph “A terrific show” Sir George Martin  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 celebrating 40 years since their debut on the West End stage in ‘Beatlemania’, the world’s Premier Beatles band continues to draw critical acclaim with their flawless recreation of the greatest songbook in history.Tracing the Fab Four’s journey through the swinging 60s, every tiny detail is forensically observed from their authentic period costumes and instruments, to their witty stage banter and mind bogglingly accurate vocal impersonation. With a little help from their own orchestral ensemble, and featuring a special set to mark the 50th anniversary of Let It Be, this show is an absolute must-see for Beatle-maniacs of all ages. Book Tickets

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  • Sat 24 Apr - The George Michael Legacy

    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. International tribute artiste Wayne Dilks and his band pay tribute to the late George Michael in this stunning show. The former frontman, producer of “Faith” (2017- 2018) and “Freedom!’19” returns in 2021 with his new production – “The George Michael Legacy” Wayne has been a George Michael tribute artiste for almost 20 years, dedicating his professional career to pay homage to the late pop phenomenon. He delivers his heartfelt tribute to the global superstar in a sensitive and spectacular way, receiving 5 star reviews nationwide. Join Wayne and his incredible band for a celebration of George’s fantastic 35 year career with songs from his Wham days up to his final album, Symphonica.  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.International tribute artiste Wayne Dilks and his band pay tribute to the late George Michael in this stunning show.The former frontman, producer of “Faith” (2017- 2018) and “Freedom!’19” returns in 2021 with his new production – “The George Michael Legacy”Wayne has been a George Michael tribute artiste for almost 20 years, dedicating his professional career to pay homage to the late pop phenomenon.He delivers his heartfelt tribute to the global superstar in a sensitive and spectacular way, receiving 5 star reviews nationwide.Join Wayne and his incredible band for a celebration of George’s fantastic 35 year career with songs from his Wham days up to his final album, Symphonica. Book Tickets

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  • 7:30 PM

    – In the process of being rescheduled, check back for an update    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. That’ll be the Day reaches another milestone in 2020 as it celebrates its 35th anniversary! From humble beginnings, the show has grown into a “must see” attraction all over the UK, coming up with a new production from its multi-talented cast year after year. Unashamedly nostalgic, TBTD takes its audience on a rollercoaster ride through the ‘golden’ age of Rock and Roll and Pop. The show has been described as ‘Relentlessly Entertaining,’ mixing brilliant vocals and superb musicianship with impersonations and hilarious comedy routines. Guaranteed a great night out, this is truly the best ‘feel good’ show on the road. You won’t be disappointed! Website: https:www.thatllbetheday.com Facebook: thatllbethedayuk Twitter: tbtdshow  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.That’ll be the Day reaches another milestone in 2020 as it celebrates its 35th anniversary!From humble beginnings, the show has grown into a “must see” attraction all over the UK, coming up with a new production from its multi-talented cast year after year.Unashamedly nostalgic, TBTD takes its audience on a rollercoaster ride through the ‘golden’ age of Rock and Roll and Pop.The show has been described as ‘Relentlessly Entertaining,’ mixing brilliant vocals and superb musicianship with impersonations and hilarious comedy routines. Guaranteed a great night out, this is truly the best ‘feel good’ show on the road. You won’t be disappointed!Website: https:www.thatllbetheday.com Facebook: thatllbethedayuk Twitter: tbtdshow Book Tickets

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  • Mon 10 May - Twirlywoos

    2:00 PM

      From the producers of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show and Sarah and Duck Live on Stage comes another enchanting show for young audiences.The Twirlywoos are setting sail around the UK to welcome young fans along for a theatrical adventure.Expect mischief, music and plenty of surprises as they share the delight of discovery. With beautifully inventive puppetry the show promises a cast full of all your favourite characters from the hit TV show Book Tickets

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  • 7:30 PM

    – In the process of being rescheduled, check back for an update  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. Petty Criminals – The UK’s No. 1 Tribute to Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Petty Criminals bring you an evening of classic rock in the shape of an iconic American band: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.

 The “Criminals” dig deep into the life, the music and the incredible influence of the man. You will experience Tom Petty’s legendary career through stories, multimedia, authentic performances and a huge catalogue of his music spanning decades. From deep cuts to greatest hits, you’ll journey through early hits like ‘American Girl’, ‘Breakdown’ and ‘Refugee’, through the ‘80s and early ‘90s with classics like ‘Freefallin”, ‘Runnin’ Down A Dream’, ‘I Won’t Back Down’ and ‘Learning To Fly’ with highlights from the seminal album Wildflowers and various musical outings including collaborations with Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac and the Traveling Wilburys. This show is an unforgettable musical journey through the life and works of one of the greatest and much missed rock stars of our time. Audience Testimonials: “Petty Criminals are absolutely brilliant! These guys are completely professional. They sound so authentic and look the part. Covering all the big hits and the lesser known songs. All with a Great stage show and real presence. If you’re looking for a tribute act – look no further. They are the best.” – Marc Smith. “A brilliant show by a brilliant band playing brilliant music.” – Gary Ross. “Petty Criminals smashed the evening and rocked the audience . The attention to musical detail was superb – the musicianship first class but oh those backing vocals and harmonies took the songs and tribute to another level. As a lifelong TPHB fan I would recommend you hear and go see these guys for a brilliant night and soak up Tom Petty’s great songwriting legacy!” – Terry Phillips. “Absolutely excellent and made me revisit Tom Petty material which seems to have passed me by previously.” – Dave Millner. “Great choice of songs, really well played and sung. Looking forward to seeing this band again.” – Paul Donatantonio. “Great gig, great musicians. What more can you say other than brilliant” – Bob Hitner “The audience loved this band who played two memorable sets finishing the second with three Tom Petty classics – Running Down A Dream, Free Fallin’ and American Girl.” – Colin Fenn. “Tom would be proud! Sound great. You’re the best.” – Judy Calvery 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.Petty Criminals bring you an evening of classic rock in the shape of an iconic American band: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.

 The “Criminals” dig deep into the life, the music and the incredible influence of the man. You will experience Tom Petty’s legendary career through stories, multimedia, authentic performances and a huge catalogue of his music spanning decades.From deep cuts to greatest hits, you’ll journey through early hits like ‘American Girl’, ‘Breakdown’ and ‘Refugee’, through the ‘80s and early ‘90s with classics like ‘Freefallin”, ‘Runnin’ Down A Dream’, ‘I Won’t Back Down’ and ‘Learning To Fly’ with highlights from the seminal album Wildflowers and various musical outings including collaborations with Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac and the Traveling Wilburys.This show is an unforgettable musical journey through the life and works of one of the greatest and much missed rock stars of our time.Audience Testimonials: “Petty Criminals are absolutely brilliant! These guys are completely professional. They sound so authentic and look the part. Covering all the big hits and the lesser known songs. All with a Great stage show and real presence. If you’re looking for a tribute act – look no further. They are the best.” – Marc Smith.“A brilliant show by a brilliant band playing brilliant music.” – Gary Ross.“Petty Criminals smashed the evening and rocked the audience . The attention to musical detail was superb – the musicianship first class but oh those backing vocals and harmonies took the songs and tribute to another level. As a lifelong TPHB fan I would recommend you hear and go see these guys for a brilliant night and soak up Tom Petty’s great songwriting legacy!” – Terry Phillips.“Absolutely excellent and made me revisit Tom Petty material which seems to have passed me by previously.” – Dave Millner.“Great choice of songs, really well played and sung. Looking forward to seeing this band again.” – Paul Donatantonio.“Great gig, great musicians. What more can you say other than brilliant” – Bob Hitner“The audience loved this band who played two memorable sets finishing the second with three Tom Petty classics – Running Down A Dream, Free Fallin’ and American Girl.” – Colin Fenn.“Tom would be proud! Sound great. You’re the best.” – Judy Calvery Book Tickets

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  • Sun 23 May - The UK Rock Show

    7:30 PM

    – In the process of being rescheduled, check back for an update    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. From the producers of the hugely popular Bon Jovi Forever ‘One Wild Night Tour’ Harder Rock Productions is Proud to bring you ‘The UK Rock Show’. Get ready to be transported back to the 80s heyday of classic rock, combining the feel of a rock festival with the atmosphere of a top end rock arena tour. Expect fireworks, flames, amazing lighting and exacting attention to detail as this amazing 5 piece band, who have numerous recording credits and having travelled the Globe extensively, recreate hits from rock gods such as Journey, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Kiss, AC/DC, Van Halen and many more! If you are a fan of live classic rock this is the show for you!  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.From the producers of the hugely popular Bon Jovi Forever ‘One Wild Night Tour’ Harder Rock Productions is Proud to bring you ‘The UK Rock Show’.Get ready to be transported back to the 80s heyday of classic rock, combining the feel of a rock festival with the atmosphere of a top end rock arena tour. Expect fireworks, flames, amazing lighting and exacting attention to detail as this amazing 5 piece band, who have numerous recording credits and having travelled the Globe extensively, recreate hits from rock gods such as Journey, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Kiss, AC/DC, Van Halen and many more!If you are a fan of live classic rock this is the show for you! Book Tickets

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  • 7:30 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 Night To Remember – The Joe Longthorne Songbook is a show that celebrates the music and the life of the singers singer!The show features star of TV star and musical theatre Andrew Lancel – DI Neil Mason in The Bill and most recently Captain Von Trapp in the Sound of Music. He is joined by very special guest Tracey Jordan, one of Joe’s backing singers, and the Joe Longthorne Band under the directorship of Andy Mudd, Joe’s musical director.Endorsed by Joe’s husband Jamie, images of Joe and video footage of him at home and on stage will feature on screen. Tracey will also sing the duet You Don’t Bring Me Flowers with Joe as they did on many shows.The production also features all the big songs that the Joe’s fans love to hear –Mary In The Morning, Don’t Cry Out Loud, Wind Beneath My Wings, My Mother’s Eyes, If I never Sing Another Song and many more.www.aimshows.co.uk 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.

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  • 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
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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User Rating: 3 out of 5  ( 4 reviews )

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