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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. 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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  • Thu 24 Oct - Milkshake! Live – Milkshake Monkey’s Musical

    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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  • 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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  • Sat 26 Oct - Roy Orbison & The Traveling Wilburys 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 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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  • 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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  • Mon 28 Oct - Harry Redknapp

    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. I’m a Celebrity winner HARRY REDKNAPP comes to town!Harry is genuinely one of the funniest celebrity/football storytellers in the countryCome and see him LIVE! This will be a fun filled event with tales of the jungle and of a football managers life Included will be Audience Q&A 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. Professional Wrestling – The King of the action sports! You’ve seen it on television and now you can see it live when All Star Superslam Wrestling returns with an extravaganza of high-flying action that will feature all of your favourite heroes and villains of the ring. Why not come along and boo the villains or cheer for your favourites as some of the country’s top ring stars clash in a two hour action-packed spectacle that will have you on the edge of your seats! V.I.P. 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 30 Oct - Respect – The Aretha Franklin Songbook

    7:30 PM

    Front Doors Open: 6.30pm Auditorium Opens : 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. RESPECT: The Aretha Franklin Songbook is an amazing live concert that pays tribute to the Queen of Soul! Featuring sensational lead vocals from Cleopatra Higgins, Tanya Edwards, Stacy Francis and Cleo Stewart accompanied by a Live band and Gospel Choir.  The two-hour production directed by Racky Plews (Footloose, American Idiot) will take you on an uplifting musical journey as a powerful sermon is delivered throughout celebrating Aretha Franklin’s life and greatest hits including Think, I Say A Little Prayer, Son Of A Preacher Man, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Natural Woman and 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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  • 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. Taking you on a whistle stop tour from the heart of London’s theatre land to the glitz of Broadway, the critically acclaimed Mad About The Musicals is back – celebrating the very best songs from the shows we all know and love!With a host of your favourite numbers from the pen of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Boublil & Schonberg, the talented cast of Mad About The Musicals evoke the true spirit of the stage, with brilliant vocals, stunning costumes and a spectacular light show, to bring you the very best show in town!From the bittersweet For Forever to the powerful One Day More and the rousing This Is Me! Sit back and enjoy two hours of unforgettable London and New York favourites, brought to you by a talented cast – a pure slice of entertainment’!‘Outstanding!’ (The Stage)‘The best show of its kind’ (Encore 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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  • Fri 01 Nov - A Beautiful Noise

    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. Over 50 years since his first hit single, with sales of over 130 million records, there is no doubt that the legend that is Neil Diamond is one of the greatest performers and best-selling artists of all time. Led by Fisher Stevens a full live band and brass orchestra A Beautiful Noise, the internationally acclaimed production celebrates the music of Neil Diamond. The show pays homages to Neil Diamond’s incredible career from his teenage dreams of song writing to the Brill Buildings in New York where he became a lone songwriter turning out hit after hit to achieving success as one of the world’s most famous singer/songwriters.Celebrating all the classic hits of one of the world’s greatest ever singer songwriters, this is a musical adventure unrivalled by any other re visiting over five decades of sparkling musical gems including, Love On The Rocks, Sweet Caroline, Forever In Blue Jeans, Song Sung Blue, I am …I Said, America, Holly Holy, Red Red Wine, I’m A Believer and 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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  • 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. A stunning celebration of the music and life of one of the greatest singers of our time. This award winning production features a sensational line-up of musicians and artistes, and together with a powerhouse and breath-taking performance in the spirit of Whitney, deliver a show that exceeds expectation on every level.Taking us on a magical rollercoaster ride through three decades of classic hit’s that include, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, One Moment In Time, I’m Every Woman, My Love is Your Love, So Emotional Baby, Run to You, Saving All My Love, I will Always Love You, and many more, this show beautifully remembers the most highly awarded female artiste in the world ever!Whitney’s one true legacy was her music which touched most of us at some time in our lives. Share her life and get ready for the greatest love of all in Queen of the Night!“Spellbinding, the company delivered a flawless performance and captured the hearts of the sold out His Majesty’s Theatre” Rita Brown. The PRESS & JOURNAL. Aberdeen. 15416“Hearts were pounding, feet tapping, people were feeling so good. It was a great performance and night; a must-see for Whitney fans.” Danielle Travis. The NEWS (Portsmouth & Southsea) 16616Mightily impressive……. this top notch show is a celebration of Whitney’s music and a fine and fitting way to ensure it lives on’ Simon Duke. 21216 CHRONICLE LIVE The Sage – Gateshead.“Masterly recreated for the stage. A fantastic show with a tightness than can only be achieved after long hard sessions in the rehearsal room”.Owen J Lewis. 32/17 www.loveshrewsbury.comwww.queenofthenight.coBrought to you by the Producers of the smash hit Tina Turner show, ‘What’s love got to do with it?’​ 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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