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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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  • 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. Join Ed as he takes a long hard look at himself and tries to decide if he has ANY traits that are worth passing on to his children.Ed Byrne presents his brand-new masterclass in observational comedy hot on the heels of his 17/18 Touring hit, Spoiler Alert!A TV household name, in the past year Ed has appeared on Live At The Apollo (Host, BBC), Mock The Week (BBC), The Pilgrimage (BBC), Top Gear (BBC) and QI (BBC).www.edbyrne.com / TWITTER @MrEdByrne Praise For The Last Tour:✭✭✭✭✭“A one-hour tour de force performance from the master comedian”BROADWAYBABY✭✭✭✭✭“Hysterical…..a must see show. My face hurts from laughing so much!”The Student Newspaper✭✭✭✭✭“The hour is self-deprecating, never self-indulgent, and his packed audience are well entertained”SUNDAY EXPRESS✭✭✭✭✭“Expert stand up from the brilliant Ed Byrne”FRINGE BISCUIT✭✭✭✭“Thoroughly entertaining… he is a total pro and terrific company”THE TIMES✭✭✭✭“There is a reason why he has become a household name”ED FEST MAG 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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  • Wed 20 Nov - Alexander Armstrong – All Mouth and Some Trousers

    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. Alexander Armstrong embarks on his first ever stand-up tour with ‘All Mouth and Some Trousers’. A brand new and “deliciously irreverent” account of a career that has taken him from Armstrong & Miller, to presenting, documentary making, singing and – ultimately – taking his rightful place as the Voice Of Toilet Duck.There will be shocking candourThere will be comic songsThere will – please God – be trousers 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. Show of Hands fans rejoice as Steve Knightley and Phil Beer, two undisputed kings of the folk, roots and acoustic scene reunite with long-term collaborator Miranda Sykes for a brand-new album and tour for 2019. Bass and vocal queen Sykes was much-missed during her recent sabbatical, and excitement is building around her return to the fold.And there’s more, because the trio is expanding to include master percussionist Cormac Byrne who returns with his blistering additions by popular demand. There’s no doubt that Show of Hands the four-piece, now something of a supergroup, and their combined musicianship is guaranteed to sound nothing short of magical.There are no support acts on this tour, and instead during the opening set each musician will introduce themselves and play in six unique duo combinations where literally anything could happen! This will be an evening spent immersed in the talents of some of the most accomplished musicians of their time, and is not to be missed.Steve says, “With the heartbeat and harmonies that Cormac and Miranda add, we are at last creating a sound we’ve dreamed of making for twenty-five years!”.The album and tour promise infectious new songs and a sound with more depth and intensity than ever before. Now We Are Four is destined to be the festival hit of 2020, and you saw it here first. 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 22 Nov - Steeleye Span

    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. ‘Space Oddity’. ‘Suspicious Minds’. ‘Pinball Wizard’. ‘Whole Lotta Love’. ‘Come Together’ – 1969 could easily be said to be a vintage year for music, the end of a decade that changed the world and the introduction to one that would prove equally inspirational. It would also see the birth of a band that would start as an idea to electrify traditional music and would go on to become one of the most enduring stories in the folk world and beyond. Fifty years on and Steeleye Span are set to mark this incredible milestone with a tour that will celebrate a band that are still as creative and vital now as they were all those years ago.Led as ever by the iconic Maddy Prior, the latest seven piece line-up will draw on the group’s incredible history to provide a night of favourites and surprises from down the decades. To alleviate large queues we ask that you arrive in good time as there are bag searches in place. Where possible please bring small bags with you. Book Tickets

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  • 2:30 PM

    Front Doors Open: 1.30pm Auditorium: 2pm Show Starts: 2.30pm To alleviate large queues we ask that you arrive in good time as there are bag searches in place. Where possible please bring small bags with you. Be swept away on a magical adventure in one of the most famous classical ballets of all time – The Nutcracker. With its combination of enchanting choreography and unforgettable music, this fabulous ballet is a Christmas treat like no other.Set to Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous score, the traditional tale of The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara and her enchanted nutcracker doll. Their adventures see Clara and the Nutcracker combat the Mouse King, and join the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier on a wonderful journey through the glistening Land of Snow to a kingdom made entirely of sweets. Returning by popular demand, Vienna Festival Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker promises to delight audiences of all ages with its festive setting and light-hearted story.“A truly spellbinding performance!”BURNLEY EXPRESS★★★★WHAT’S ON STAGE“A perfect evening’s entertainment for you and your family”WELWYN & HATFIELD TIMES“This production looks and feels absolutely right”WORTHING HERALD 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 23 Nov - The UCD “Old” School Disco Party!

    7:00 PM

      Opening Times: Doors Open & Reception Events: 7pm Soul Cellar: 7.45pm Main Auditorium: 8.30pm 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 UCD present our 3rd annual end of term “Old” School Disco Party!                 Hosted by Graham Kentsley & his “Hello Sailor” Discotheque! Plus all the Dirty Dozen DJ’s And back by Public Demand great live music from “The Push”, playing the “End of Term” Christmas party set!             Re-live your school days with our Ultimate “Old”School Prom! Great 70’s and 80’s music in the main arena and the best Soul Funk and Disco down in the “Soul Cellar” from all our guest DJ’s Dig out your old school uniform or just dress to impress! Caps ties socks and pants or prom outfit etc all welcome… but please do leave your hockey sticks at home! Proudly wear your “Old” school Badge! Prizes for the best dressed! Further event information from the Arena Box office. Proceeds from the event will once again go towards the new St Albans Museum project – doors open at 7.00 with some fun fund raising events in the main foyer from all our sponsors! And the local Radio Station Verulam Radio will once again be in attendance. 3 bars with Late licence Get into the pre Christmas party spirit and join us at the Ultimate “End of Term” Prom Party!    Doors Open & Reception Events: 7pm Soul Cellar: 7.45pm Main Auditorium: 8.30pmTo 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 Graham Kentsley & his “Hello Sailor” Discotheque! Plus all the Dirty Dozen DJ’sAnd back by Public Demand great live music from “The Push”, playing the “End of Term” Christmas party set!      Re-live your school days with our Ultimate “Old”School Prom!Great 70’s and 80’s music in the main arena and the best Soul Funk and Disco down in the “Soul Cellar” from all our guest DJ’sDig out your old school uniform or just dress to impress!Caps ties socks and pants or prom outfit etc all welcome… but please do leave your hockey sticks at home!Proudly wear your “Old” school Badge!Prizes for the best dressed!Further event information from the Arena Box office.Proceeds from the event will once again go towards the new St Albans Museum project – doors open at 7.00 with some fun fund raising events in the main foyer from all our sponsors! And the local Radio Station Verulam Radio will once again be in attendance.3 bars with Late licenceGet into the pre Christmas party spirit and join us at the Ultimate “End of Term” Prom Party!      — FB and Instagram : @UltimateCivicDisco Twitter: @CivicDisco Email: [email protected] Book Tickets

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  • 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. Mick Perrin Worldwide in association with Dawn Sedgwick Management presents…Ardal O’Hanlon, star of Death in Paradise ,Father Ted, and My Hero (BBC), continues to tour his acclaimed stand-up shows worldwide. Because he loves it. And it’s a compulsion. And the world is a funny place.In an age of raging populism, MeToo, identity politics, the end of truth, the collapsing middle ground, peak avocado and £15 Gin and Tonics, and terrified of being on the wrong side of history, and desperate to prove that his gender, race, age and class don’t necessarily define him, Ardal is forced to saddle his high horse again and ride fearlessly into the culture wars (with a white hankie in his pocket just in case), comedy as ever being the best emergency response mechanism to extreme events there is.Age rating: Recommended 16+ 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 26 Nov - The Elvis Years at Christmas

    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. Experience an Elvis style Christmas like never before in an evening packed with solid-gold classics from ‘the King’, plus all the moments that help to make Christmas the most wonderful time of the year.An impromptu pre-show Yuletide welcome will get you in the party mood ahead of the main event; two hours of rock and roll favourites such as Ready Teddy, Hound Dog, Devil in Disguise, Return to Sender, All Shook Up, Viva Las Vegas, Suspicious Minds PLUS popular festive songs such as Blue Christmas, Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree, Walking in a Winter Wonderland – and even a good old carol sing-along around the piano. Santa is in the building!www.theelvisyears.com 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. Topped with lashings of Christmas spirit get ready to party as That’ll Be The Day returns with its Brand New 2019 Christmas Show!The UK’s most popular Rock ‘N’ Roll variety show celebrates the festive season with all your favourite Christmas classics from the 50s, 60s & 70s, plus plenty of hilarious comedy!‘The best Rock & Roll show on the road!’ – Time OutWebsite www.thatllbetheday.com 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 28 Nov - Nat King Cole Story

    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. Featuring world class live music, alongside narration and projected archive images and footage, this is the unique concert celebrating the centenary of the birth of one the greatest vocalists of the Twentieth Century: Nat King Cole. Featuring acclaimed vocalist, Atila, alongside a world class group of musicians, this thoughtful and entertaining new show takes a fresh look at the life and work of the timeless Nat King Cole – whose vocal styling in songs such as Nature Boy, Unforgettable and When I Fall in Love defined a golden era of music and earned him a place in the history of American music as one of the most iconic vocalists of all time. Following sell out shows at London’s Hippodrome and Ronnie Scott’s, and featuring many of Nat King Cole’s most celebrated songs, stylish reworkings of his lesser known gems, as well as rare archive images and footage, this is a unique evening of music celebrating one of music’s all time greats! To alleviate large queues we ask that you arrive in good time as there are bag searches in place. Where possible please bring small bags with you. Book Tickets

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Overview

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

Address and Contact info

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

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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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