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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 04 Feb - 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. They’re back at last! Dillie Keane, Adèle Anderson and Liza Pulman are heading out on tour. With a selection of old favourites, songs you haven’t heard before and some you wish you’d never heard in the first place. The songs are hilarious and topical – the glamour is unstoppable. With three Olivier Award nominations and over 25 million YouTube and Facebook hits for Cheap Flights and their incredibly rude Christmas song how can you possibly miss them? “Cabaret Heaven” ★★★★★ Metro “Outrageous… seductive” ★★★★ Guardian “I can’t recommend this show highly enough” ★★★★★ Mail on Sunday “Hilarious” ★★★★ Telegraph “Engages the brain as well as the funny-bone” ★★★★★ Times Age guidance: 14+  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.They’re back at last!Dillie Keane, Adèle Anderson and Liza Pulman are heading out on tour.With a selection of old favourites, songs you haven’t heard before and some you wish you’d never heard in the first place. The songs are hilarious and topical – the glamour is unstoppable.With three Olivier Award nominations and over 25 million YouTube and Facebook hits for Cheap Flights and their incredibly rude Christmas song how can you possibly miss them?“Cabaret Heaven” ★★★★★ Metro“Outrageous… seductive” ★★★★ Guardian“I can’t recommend this show highly enough” ★★★★★ Mail on Sunday“Hilarious” ★★★★ Telegraph“Engages the brain as well as the funny-bone” ★★★★★ TimesAge guidance: 14+ Book Tickets

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  • Thu 01 Oct - The Bruno Mars Songbook – 24k Magic Theatre Tour

    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. Direct from the USA as seen on AMERICAN IDOL and BBC ONE’S EVEN BETTER THAN THE REAL THING. In Celebration of One of The World’s best-selling artists with over 100 Million sales and 2 Grammy Awards, Jeff Dingle with his totally captivating stage presence and incredible vocal backed by a powerhouse band and choreographed dancers presents a truly spectacular tribute to BRUNO. The show includes all of the global Superstars greatest hits including ‘Millionaire’, ‘Lazy Song’, ‘Just the Way You Are’, ‘When I Was Your Man’, ‘Runaway Baby’, ‘Upton Funk’, ‘Marry You’, ‘Locked Out of Heaven’, ‘Grenade’ and many, 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.Direct from the USA as seen on AMERICAN IDOL and BBC ONE’S EVEN BETTER THAN THE REAL THING.In Celebration of One of The World’s best-selling artists with over 100 Million sales and 2 Grammy Awards, Jeff Dingle with his totally captivating stage presence and incredible vocal backed by a powerhouse band and choreographed dancers presents a truly spectacular tribute to BRUNO.The show includes all of the global Superstars greatest hits including ‘Millionaire’, ‘Lazy Song’, ‘Just the Way You Are’, ‘When I Was Your Man’, ‘Runaway Baby’, ‘Upton Funk’, ‘Marry You’, ‘Locked Out of Heaven’, ‘Grenade’ and many, many more. Book Tickets

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  • 8:00 PM

      Front Doors Open: 8pm 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. The Ultimate Commitments and Blues Brothers Experience In a show that has been described as “absolutely amazing” and “truly authentic”, take a trip down memory lane as you hear the best songs from The Commitments and The Blues Brothers in a full live-band experience. Get your dancing shoes on, as Jake and Elwood meet Deco and Jimmy in a fantastic experience where Chicago Blues meets Dublin Soul. The stage show includes state of the art audio visual effects as well as iconic scenes from both cult-classic films. Expect top quality musical performance from the professional 12 piece Big Soul Band, along with authentic performances including songs from favourites such as Aretha Franklin, The Blues Brothers and Andrew Strong. Songs including ‘Everybody (needs somebody)’, ‘Try a Little Tenderness’, ‘R.E.S.P.E.C.T’ and ‘Jailhouse Rock’ can be heard in the repertoire in a night to truly remember. Definitely a 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.The Ultimate Commitments and Blues Brothers ExperienceIn a show that has been described as “absolutely amazing” and “truly authentic”, take a trip down memory lane as you hear the best songs from The Commitments and The Blues Brothers in a full live-band experience.Get your dancing shoes on, as Jake and Elwood meet Deco and Jimmy in a fantastic experience where Chicago Blues meets Dublin Soul.The stage show includes state of the art audio visual effects as well as iconic scenes from both cult-classic films.Expect top quality musical performance from the professional 12 piece Big Soul Band, along with authentic performances including songs from favourites such as Aretha Franklin, The Blues Brothers and Andrew Strong.Songs including ‘Everybody (needs somebody)’, ‘Try a Little Tenderness’, ‘R.E.S.P.E.C.T’ and ‘Jailhouse Rock’ can be heard in the repertoire in a night to truly remember.Definitely a show not to be missed. Book Tickets

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  • Wed 21 Oct - Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever

    10:00 AM

      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. Peppa Pig is excited to be going on a special day out with George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig – it’s going to be her best day ever! Get ready for a road-trip full of fun adventures. From castles to caves, dragons to dinosaurs and ice-creams to muddy puddles – there is something for all of the family and their friends to enjoy, including Miss Rabbit, Mr Bull, Suzy Sheep, Gerald Giraffe and more! Prepare for the brand new Peppa Pig live show packed full of songs, games and laughter, it really is the best day ever for Peppa Pig fans!   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.Peppa Pig is excited to be going on a special day out with George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig – it’s going to be her best day ever!Get ready for a road-trip full of fun adventures. From castles to caves, dragons to dinosaurs and ice-creams to muddy puddles – there is something for all of the family and their friends to enjoy, including Miss Rabbit, Mr Bull, Suzy Sheep, Gerald Giraffe and more!Prepare for the brand new Peppa Pig live show packed full of songs, games and laughter, it really is the best day ever for Peppa Pig fans! Book Tickets

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  • 7:30 PM

    Derek Nicol and Paul Walden for Flying Entertainment present 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. 1950s heartthrob Marty Wilde takes to the road again in Dreamboats and Petticoats – Music that Lives Forever! Joining Marty are pals Eden Kane and Mark Wynter with special guest Roxy Wilde and his long serving band, The Wildcats. The late fifties and early sixties were without doubt some of the most exciting and important years in the history of music. With the arrival of rock n’ roll, a whole new pop culture was born. Performing their own hits and collaborating live on stage, Marty, Eden and Mark, the original teen idols, show us how rock n’ roll with its fusion of sound and rhythm shaped the style of music that we listened to then and still do today. 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 27 Oct - Joel Dommett – Unapologetic (If That’s Ok?)

    8:00 PM

    In the process of being rescheduled Front Doors Open: 7pm Auditorium: 7.30pm Show Starts: 8pm AGE GUIDANCE: STRICTLY 14+ Likely to be swearing and adult content. 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 Joel as he brings you bang up to date on his life since his last live show!He has become a regular face on TV, from being a finalist in 2016’s I’m a Celebrity, GetMe Out of Here! (ITV), to then hosting ITV2’s I’m a Celebrity Extra Camp alongsideScarlett Moffatt and Joe Swash. He starred in two series of the critically acclaimedComedy Central Show Joel and Nish VS the World, is the host of ITV2’s quiz show HeyTracey and he’s the presenter of prime time, international smash The Masked Singer(ITV).The start of 2019 saw Joel release a 30 minute stand-up special for NETFLIX as part of aglobal comedy event Comedians of the World.He has also achieved a place on the Sunday Times Bestseller list with his book It’s NotMe It’s Them which was recently released in paperback. STRICTLY 14+ Likely to be swearing and adult content. 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. Derek Nicol and Paul Walden for Flying Entertainment presents…Join the legendary Manfreds and Georgie Fame for an evening of Rhythm and Blues nostalgia, and some of the greatest hits ever written.The Manfreds with an all-star line-up of original members Paul Jones, Mike D’Abo, Tom McGuinness and Mike Hugg with Rob Townsend, Marcus Cliffe and Simon Currie will be recreating many of their greatest hits both as part of Manfred Mann and as successful solo artists.Joining the Manfreds is bone fide legend Georgie Fame. With more than 20 albums and a career full of collaboration with music’s most famous names, Georgie has rightly earned iconic status in the British music scene.An all-star line-up with the hits to match! 
5-4-3-2-1 • Do Wah Diddy • The Mighty Quinn • Pretty Flamingo • Fox On The RunHandbags & Gladrags • Yeh Yeh • Get Away  • The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde 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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  • Sat 31 Oct - Buddy Holly & The Cricketers

    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. Reviews “The audience were dancing in the aisles and roaring for more” The Stage“Buddy brilliant!” Graham Norton, BBC One 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.28 Years of Rock ’n’ Rolling The World!This breath-taking show has rock ’n’ rolled audiences across the globe from Cardiff to California, Barking to Bangkok and Swindon to Sweden and is guaranteed to have everyone singing along to the music and dancing in the aisles.It stars some of the finest actor-musicians in the UK whose combined West End credits include Buddy, Lennon, Forbidden Planet and Jailhouse Rock and was endorsed as Britain’s most popular Buddy Holly act when the boys guested on BBC One’s Saturday night live programme, “The One and Only”, hosted by Graham Norton.The show rarely pauses for breath and is, quite simply, the most compelling concert of its kind. The hits just keep on coming – That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Heartbeat, It Doesn’t Matter Anymore, Raining In My Heart, Oh Boy! – and much, much more.Whatever the season, whatever the excuse to party, make your Heartbeat a little faster with the show that has thousands of fans the world over saying:  “I can’t believe it’s not Buddy!” 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. Hello Again – The Story of Neil Diamond Evocative imagery, video and narration enhance the magic, as the show takes you on amusical journey through Neil Diamond’s glittering 50 year career.From The Bang Years to the present day you’ll soon be singing along to all the hitsincluding Sweet Caroline, Cracklin’ Rosie, Forever in Blue Jeans, Song Sung Blue,Hello Again, Love on the Rocks, America and many more.“Brooklyn Creed sounds JUST like Neil Diamond…Worthy of a West End production…I would recommend to see this show more than once! FAB, FAB, FAB!”⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 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 07 Nov - The Dreamboys

    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. Circle: Rows AA to BB = £24.50 All Other Seats = £21.50 Scream if you are ready to misbehave because Dreamboys are coming to St Albans with their 2020 Too Hard To Resist Tour. Let the boys tease, tantalise and sweep you off your feet as you and your friends enjoy the raunchiest night out of the year. Think chiselled torsos, high-energy dance routines and boy-next-door seduction that will leave your heart pounding. Dreamboys is seen by millions of people annually, that’s a lot of ripped t-shirts, men in uniform, and breath-taking antics. This West End style show has been created for all ages from 18 to 80 whether you are celebrating something special or just fancy embracing your inner flirt for a cheeky night out on the town. With larger than life personalities and appearances from celebrity guest stars, the Dreamboys are have truly stolen the hearts of millions of people worldwide. Dreamboys are all about adventure so join us for the ride of your life. Take a deep breath, enjoy the show, and embrace the irresistible. Age 18+  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.Stalls: Rows D to G = £27.50 Rows H to P = £24.50Circle: Rows AA to BB = £24.50 All Other Seats = £21.50Scream if you are ready to misbehave because Dreamboys are coming to St Albans with their 2020 Too Hard To Resist Tour. Let the boys tease, tantalise and sweep you off your feet as you and your friends enjoy the raunchiest night out of the year. Think chiselled torsos, high-energy dance routines and boy-next-door seduction that will leave your heart pounding.Dreamboys is seen by millions of people annually, that’s a lot of ripped t-shirts, men in uniform, and breath-taking antics. This West End style show has been created for all ages from 18 to 80 whether you are celebrating something special or just fancy embracing your inner flirt for a cheeky night out on the town. With larger than life personalities and appearances from celebrity guest stars, the Dreamboys are have truly stolen the hearts of millions of people worldwide.Dreamboys are all about adventure so join us for the ride of your life. Take a deep breath, enjoy the show, and embrace the irresistible. Age 18+ 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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