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The Alban Arena

The 800-seat Alban Arena is the most visited arts venue in St Albans. It hosts a varied programme of national touring shows, concerts, comedy, films, exhibitions and pantomime. Drinks, ice cream and confectionary available. Free parking after 6.30pm. Pick up an events brochure, view a seating plan, or join the priority mailing list.

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  • Fri 03 Mar - Stewart Lee

    8:00 PM

    CONTENT PROVIDER After four years writing and performing his TV show Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, Content Provider is Stewart’s first brand new full-length show since the award-winning Carpet Remnant World.“The most consistently funny show of his brilliant career … I laughed till it hurt.” The Times ★★★★★ “Characteristically twisty and frequently brilliant” The Guardian ★★★★ “Venomously funny” Standard ★★★★ “Two marvellous misanthropic hours… there’s no-one else to touch him” Mail on Sunday ★★★★★ “The delusional ravings of a man who has lost his way in the world” Mail on Sunday ★★★★★ Age guidance: 16+ Book Tickets

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  • 7:30 PM

    First 4 Rows “Premium Seats” = £27.50*All Other Stalls = £24.50*Circle = £22.50*The Dreamboys are without a shadow of a doubt the UK’s top Male Strip Show, perfect for a girls night out with all your friends. Their showcase is unquestionably the most famous Male Stripper act the UK has ever produced. With special guest appearances on some of the UK’s biggest TV shows such as The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Celebrity Big Brother, Loose Women, This Morning, Geordie Shore and The Only Way Is Essex, plus massive sold out Worldwide Tours, it’s no wonder The Dreamboys have earned themselves the title of the only Male Strip Group in history to have celebrity status. If you’re looking for the very best girls night out in the UK, look no further than these incredible stripping hunks. An action packed 2 hour Show from start to finish, these boys will literally have you begging for more!!! Book Tickets

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  • Wed 13 Sep - The Whitney Houston Show

    7:30 PM

    Showtime Australia presents the critically-acclaimed live concert honoring the talent, music and memory of Whitney Houston. Featuring the breathtaking vocals of Belinda Davids accompanied by a fabulous 6-piece live band and dancers, this is a beautifully crafted tribute to one of the world’s most revered singers.The two-hour production will fill you with joy, nostalgia and wonderment as you are taken on a heartfelt musical journey through Houston’s greatest hits including I Will Always Love You, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, How Will I Know, One Moment in Time, I Have Nothing, Run to You, Didn’t We Almost Have It All, Greatest Love of All, I’m Every Woman, Queen of the Night, Exhale (Shoop Shoop) and more.The Greatest Love of All: The Whitney Houston Show has already wowed audiences across the US, Canada, Europe, South Africa, Asia, UAE, Australia and New Zealand and now following its debut UK tour in 2016 the show returns due to popular demand for a second tour in 2017.This is a show that should NOT be missed – for those lucky enough to witness it, this is truly a special event you will talk about for years to come! Book Tickets

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  • 6:30 PM

          The UK’s first, biggest and best gin festival is making its first ever visit to St Albans and we’re bringing over 100 different gins with us! As well as the opportunity to try a huge variety of gins from all over the world, (including exclusive gins you won’t see anywhere else) there will be live music, great food and a gin cocktail bar. There will also be gin masterclasses and the opportunity to meet gin distillers in person, try free samples and chat about their gin. On arrival you will be handed your very own Gin Festival Copa Balloon Glass and a brochure that tells you all about the gins at the festival. Our bars operate on a token system and do not take cash so you will need tokens to get your drinks. Tokens are £5 each with one token paying for a single measure of gin, garnish and a Fever-Tree mixer. Throughout the event there will be live music and entertainment, talks from gin industry experts, delicious food and lots of chit chat with other gin lovers! New to gin? Don’t worry! Our friendly staff are full of recommendations to get you going.    The UK’s first, biggest and best gin festival is making its first ever visit to St Albans and we’re bringing over 100 different gins with us!As well as the opportunity to try a huge variety of gins from all over the world, (including exclusive gins you won’t see anywhere else) there will be live music, great food and a gin cocktail bar.There will also be gin masterclasses and the opportunity to meet gin distillers in person, try free samples and chat about their gin.On arrival you will be handed your very own Gin Festival Copa Balloon Glass and a brochure that tells you all about the gins at the festival.Our bars operate on a token system and do not take cash so you will need tokens to get your drinks. Tokens are £5 each with one token paying for a single measure of gin, garnish and a Fever-Tree mixer.Throughout the event there will be live music and entertainment, talks from gin industry experts, delicious food and lots of chit chat with other gin lovers!New to gin? Don’t worry! Our friendly staff are full of recommendations to get you going. Book Tickets

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  • Sun 17 Sep - Rockin on Heaven’s Door

    7:30 PM

    Back by popular demand for a 35 date UK tour…ROCKIN’ ON HEAVEN’S DOOR is a breathtaking roller-coaster ride back to the heady days of the very first teenagers – fabulous 50s and the swinging 60s. This is a real, live wire show, quite rightly referred to in The Stage & Television Today as ‘A Classic Slice of Social History’. Featuring stunning portrayals of Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Eddie Cochran and the King Himself, Elvis Presley and backed by a superb rock ‘n’ roll band. Book Tickets

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  • 8:00 PM

    “The very definition of rock drumming” – Modern Drummer “The real deal” – Malcolm Young“THE rock drummer” – Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp)“The heart and soul of AC/DC” – Eric Singer “You couldn’t find a more solid person or drummer than Phil Rudd” – Brian Johnson Book Tickets

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  • Wed 20 Sep - Tosca

    7:30 PM

    Russian State Opera presentsPremiere of the Opera Tosca – A dramatic masterpiece where love and, politics collide and murder takes place at the highest level. Music by G.PucciniLibretto by G.Giacosa and L.IllicaSung in Italian with English Surtitles Featuring an impressive cast and accompanied by a large live Orchestra with over 30 musicians‘By far the best company to bring Russian ballet to British audiences’ Stage Talk MagazineTosca is set in Rome in 1800. It was a very unsettling time for the Italians due to political turmoil. Tosca, the beautiful singer and Cavaradossi’s lover is tricked by Scarpia to go to Cavaradossi’s house so Scarpia’s minors can follow her there. Scarpia soon learns that the police cannot find Angelotti (one of the republicans, that escaped prison) but that they have arrested Cavaradossi. In order to seduce Tosca, Scarpia tortures Cavaradossi…Tosca is one of the iconic operas of all times. There are three famous arias, ‘Recondita armonia (Hidden harmony), Vissi d’arte, vissi d’amore (I live for art, I lived for love) and ‘E lucevan le stele’ (And the stars shone).The duet of Tosca and Scarpia is the most powerful and breath taking scene. If you’ve never seen opera before, you will love this full orchestra experience with fantastic colourful costumes, exquisite singing and wonderful tunes that the audience will still be humming on their way home, making this a must-see opera production for everyone.For more information, please go to www.amande-concerts.co.uk Book Tickets

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  • 8:00 PM

    Make Something Great Again For Stronger Better Future Tomorrow Together Scottish comedian Danny Bhoy embarks on his maiden tour of his brand-new show this autumn in selected theatres throughout the UK. Don’t miss this internationally renowned and critically acclaimed comedian who regularly sells out tours all over the world with his unique brand of observational story telling.“He creates a remarkable intimacy with his audience. A must see.” The Age, Australia“His routines have the mark of those which are quoted from for years to come.” The Herald, UK“This is a show you could see time and time again. Exceptional.” The Sunday Mail, Australia Book Tickets

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  • Wed 27 Sep - St Albans Beer & Cider Festival 2017

    11:00 AM

    Opening times and admission: Wednesday & Thursday11.00am – 11.00pm£3.00 (CAMRA members free)Friday & Saturday11.00am – 11.00pm£5.00 (CAMRA members free)Seven bars with up to 350 real ales, 50 ciders and perries, 50 bottle conditioned beers and 80 foreign beers from all over the world plus hot and cold food stands, breweriana auctions and our famous quiz on Saturday afternoon with superb prizes.Live music:Thursday evening: The Slaves (http://www.theslaves.net/)Saturday lunchtime: Lilac Sheer (https://www.lilacsheer.com/)Saturday evening: Dr Feelgood (http://www.drfeelgood.org/)For more information:Web: stalbansbeerfestival.org.uk.Facebook: https:www.facebook.com/stalbansbeerfestival.Twitter: @stalbansbf Book Tickets

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  • 7:30 PM

    Dancing through the 50’s Live on stage with BBC Radio Two’s Leo Green with musicians, dancers and singers Jay McGuiness, Natalie Lowe and Louis Smith will swing, bop, jitterbug, lindy hop, jive and ballroom through the greatest songs from the greatest decade of music! The music in the show spans various styles from romantic ballads and crooner songs through to classic pop hits and the shattering world of rock ’n’ roll. Includes: Smile, Mona Lisa, Cry, Unforgettable, When I Fall In Love, One For My Baby, Wonderful World, Mambo Italiano, Fly Me To The Moon, Young & Foolish, My Baby Just Cares, That’ll Be The Day, Summertime Blues, Only You, The Great Pretender, Fools fall In Love, You Send Me, Hound Dog, Bye Bye Love, C’Mon Everybody, I Only Have Eyes For You. “If you loved Dreamboats & Petticoats, That’ll Be The Day, with a little twist of Strictly then this is the show for you!” The Greatest Songs from The Greatest Decade!   TWO STRICTLY CHAMPIONS TOGETHER WITH ONE STRICTLY PROFESSIONALLive on stage with BBC Radio Two’s Leo Green with musicians, dancers and singersJay McGuiness, Natalie Lowe and Louis Smith will swing, bop, jitterbug, lindy hop, jive and ballroom through the greatest songs from the greatest decade of music! The music in the show spans various styles from romantic ballads and crooner songs through to classic pop hits and the shattering world of rock ’n’ roll.Includes: Smile, Mona Lisa, Cry, Unforgettable, When I Fall In Love, One For My Baby, Wonderful World, Mambo Italiano, Fly Me To The Moon, Young & Foolish, My Baby Just Cares, That’ll Be The Day, Summertime Blues, Only You, The Great Pretender, Fools fall In Love, You Send Me, Hound Dog, Bye Bye Love, C’Mon Everybody, I Only Have Eyes For You.“If you loved Dreamboats & Petticoats, That’ll Be The Day, with a little twist of Strictly then this is the show for you!”The Greatest Songs from The Greatest Decade!  Book Tickets

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  • Thu 05 Oct - Joel Dommett Live 2017

    8:00 PM

    14+ (Parental Guidance) Likely to be swearing and adult contentOne of the UK’s most energetic and exciting comedians returns to the road with his solo show, Joel Dommett: LIVE. Catch the star of 2016’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and Sky1’s Bring The Noise as he delivers his high octane comedy to venues up and down the country.Joel came onto the comedy scene in 2007 and has never looked back. After receiving great critical acclaim for his Edinburgh Fringe shows, he has gone on to appear in numerous television shows including; Impractical Jokers (BBC3), Reality Bites (ITV2), Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC), Drunk History (Comedy Central), and has performed in acting roles for Popatron (BBC2) and Skins (E4).★★★★★ Time Out‘Simply hilarious and highly recommended.’ ★★★★★ ThreeWeeks‘Dommett’s enthusiasm is infectious and the patter hilarious.’ Metro Book Tickets

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  • 7:30 PM

    Autographed poster T-shirt Lapel pin Tote bag Magnet set Live Nation / Kennedy Street are delighted to announce that legendary singer-songwriter Justin Hayward will tour the UK in support of his latest album release All The Way. The possessor of one of the most recognisable voices in rock, Justin will be performing new songs from the album as well as Moody Blues favourites.All The Way includes the newly released single The Wind of Heaven, a heartfelt song about a wounded warrior who has left his soul on the battlefield and is having a difficult time adjusting to being home. The song is dedicated to all of those who have served their country. The song has received standing ovations worldwide. Justin himself said, “I’m always so thrilled to have the opportunity to tour in the UK, particularly at this time in in my career when no one knows what the future holds. I’m bringing my ‘song writing’ guitars from home on the road with me, so the gigs will have the feel and sound of my music room along with the vibe I was feeling as I wrote the songs. I look forward to singing and playing new songs and old songs, particularly Forever Autumn, which I only get to perform in my solo show, and The Wind Of Heaven from the forthcoming movie, and also to tell the real stories behind all the songs and the events that surrounded them at the time. It’s a joy to share a stage with such wonderful young and inspiring talents as Mike Dawes (one of a new generation of brilliant young guitar masters – worth the price of admission alone) and Julie Ragins, a truly exceptional musician and singer. She and I have shared stages all over the world for many years, loving the music we play, both with the Moody Blues and solo. I look forward to seeing you on the road”. Book Tickets

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Overview

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

Address and Contact info

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

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Review Overview

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

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

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

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

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