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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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  • Sun 25 Oct - Dreamboats & Petticoats Featuring Marty Wilde

    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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  • 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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  • Fri 30 Oct - Max R&B – The Manfreds

    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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  • 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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  • Thu 19 Nov - Genesis Connected

    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. Join the production, that is taking audiences by storm ‘Genesis Connected’ the biggest celebration of music from Genesis, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel and Mike + The Mechanics. Packed with, an incredible mix of material. From atmospheric anthems to chart topping hits, keeping the crowd singing & dancing in the aisles. Performing hits such as Sledgehammer, In The Air Tonight, Over My Shoulder, Against All Odds, That’s All, You Can’t Hurry Love, The Living Year’s & so many more. Fronted by the sensational Pete Bultitude with his versatile vocals, that transport you to an original Phil Collins concert & backed by a truly talented band, with mesmerising solo’s & drum off that will keep you on the edge of your seats from start to finish. 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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  • 7:00 PM

    Our Annual Pantomime has been postponed this year due to COVID-19. However next year we will be back bigger than ever! We will be contacting ticket holders in due course, we appreciate your patience at this time. The legendary Pantomime Dame, Bob Golding said: “For myself, all the team at Evolution Pantomimes and The Alban Arena family, this news is heart-breaking as we pride ourselves year after year on bringing the best possible quality panto to St Albans… and although this isn’t the best announcement to make, please do continue to support your theatre in every way you can…. & like a Phoenix we WILL rise again.” The mother of all pantomimes! Don’t miss our fun-filled family pantomime Mother Goose – starring St Alban’s favourite Bob Golding, with a star studded cast to be announced!Once again, this fabulous production will be written and directed by Paul Hendy and brought to you by Evolution, the same creative team behind last year’s record-breaking Sleeping Beauty.With hilarious comedy, beautiful sets and costumes, and fantastic music, Mother Goose will be our funniest and most spectacular pantomime ever!Book now for the best seats!Praise for Sleeping Beauty 2019-20—Herts Ad – Caroline Thain, FIVE STAR REVIEW‘Absolutely genius!’THE STAGE – 4 STAR REVIEW‘Slick production… Dazzling!’Pocketsizetheatre.com FOUR STAR REVIEW‘Modern-day masters!’HERTS AD‘A riotous fusion of slapstick, special effects and showbiz!’LUTON TODAY ‘Hugely impressive… perfect family festive fun!’ The legendary Pantomime Dame, Bob Golding said: “For myself, all the team at Evolution Pantomimes and The Alban Arena family, this news is heart-breaking as we pride ourselves year after year on bringing the best possible quality panto to St Albans… and although this isn’t the best announcement to make, please do continue to support your theatre in every way you can…. & like a Phoenix we WILL rise again.” Book Tickets

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  • Sun 10 Jan - From The Jam

    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. AGMP presents “Setting Sons” 40th anniversary concert + special guests: TBC This autumn From the Jam will tour the UK celebrating the 40th Anniversary of The Jam’s 4th studio album ‘Setting Sons’. The critically acclaimed album reached #4 in the UK and was the band’s first album to enter the US charts. Succeeding ‘All Mod Cons’, the album became a commercial success, earning them their first top ten hit single – ‘The Eton Rifles’. “We can’t wait to perform the whole of ‘Setting Sons’ live” says vocalist and guitarist Russell Hastings. “The album has been noted as another one of The Jam’s best albums along with ‘All Mod Cons’. It seems that even the obscure album tracks like ‘Little Boy Soldiers’ and ‘Thick As Thieves’ are as popular when we play them live as the hit singles.” says Hastings.  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.AGMP presents“Setting Sons” 40th anniversary concert+ special guests: TBCThis autumn From the Jam will tour the UK celebrating the 40th Anniversary of The Jam’s 4th studio album ‘Setting Sons’. The critically acclaimed album reached #4 in the UK and was the band’s first album to enter the US charts. Succeeding ‘All Mod Cons’, the album became a commercial success, earning them their first top ten hit single – ‘The Eton Rifles’.“We can’t wait to perform the whole of ‘Setting Sons’ live” says vocalist and guitarist Russell Hastings. “The album has been noted as another one of The Jam’s best albums along with ‘All Mod Cons’. It seems that even the obscure album tracks like ‘Little Boy Soldiers’ and ‘Thick As Thieves’ are as popular when we play them live as the hit singles.” says Hastings. Book Tickets

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  • 8:00 PM

    Front Doors Open: 7pm Auditorium Opens : 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 Foundations were one of the biggest groups of the Swinging Sixties!With the international chart-toppers ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’ and ‘Baby Now That I’ve Found You’.Plus a string of other hits like ‘Back On My Feet Again’, ‘Any Old Time (You’re Lonely And Sad)’, ‘In The Bad Bad Old Days (Before You Loved Me)’ and ‘Born To Live, Born To Die’.Now original lead guitarist/vocalist Alan Warner is keeping the magnificent sound of The Foundations alive with a group of hugely talented musicians 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 Jan - 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. Five Fabulous Tributes in One Evening ROY ORBISON GEORGE HARRISON TOM PETTY JEFF LYNNE BOB DYLAN Now in its eighth successful year of touring, hit production “Paul Hopkins’ Roy Orbison & the Traveling Wilburys Experience has wowed audiences with their uncanny visual, vocal and musical resemblances to the original band members. And with the Traveling Wilburys never actually going on tour – perhaps partly due to the untimely death of Roy Orbison – this is a wonderful chance to enjoy a live Traveling Wilburys Experience. Unique Perhaps the most famous Supergroup of all time, the Traveling Wilburys formed by happy accident in 1988 when George Harrison enlisted pals Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and Roy Orbison to help with a B-side for his latest Single. A band was born, with the five legends of the music industry creating a sound like no other. And it’s that unique sound is captured so brilliantly by tribute show, Roy Orbison & the Traveling Wilburys Experience.Formed eight years ago by Paul Hopkins (who plays Roy Orbison), the band is a group of extremely talented lookalikes and sound-alikes who play in an easy relaxed style, with great respect for each other’s talents – much like the original Wilburys. Hopkins, who has performed his tribute to the “Big O” for twenty years, is joined by Mark Pearson (who plays George Harrison), Aubrey Robinson (Bob Dylan), Buddy Baker (Tom Petty) and Red Litchfield (Jeff Lynne). Add to that a very talented drummer and you have a two hour, 100% live musical extravaganza The Show A real up-tempo, feel good show, audiences are treated to a range of hits, not just from the Wilburys (Handle with Care, End of the Line, Tweeter and the Monkey Man and others), but also from the back catalogue of the famous five themselves – from Dylan’s Blowing in the Wind and Mighty Quinn, to Tom Petty’s always rousing Runnin Down A Dream. Other highlights include George Harrison’s Here Comes the Sun and Mr Blue Sky by Jeff Lynne.The show also features Big Screen Projection throughout. 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 in its eighth successful year of touring, hit production “Paul Hopkins’ Roy Orbison & the Traveling Wilburys Experience has wowed audiences with their uncanny visual, vocal and musical resemblances to the original band members. And with the Traveling Wilburys never actually going on tour – perhaps partly due to the untimely death of Roy Orbison – this is a wonderful chance to enjoy a live Traveling Wilburys Experience. Perhaps the most famous Supergroup of all time, the Traveling Wilburys formed by happy accident in 1988 when George Harrison enlisted pals Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and Roy Orbison to help with a B-side for his latest Single. A band was born, with the five legends of the music industry creating a sound like no other. And it’s that unique sound is captured so brilliantly by tribute show, Roy Orbison & the Traveling Wilburys Experience.Formed eight years ago by Paul Hopkins (who plays Roy Orbison), the band is a group of extremely talented lookalikes and sound-alikes who play in an easy relaxed style, with great respect for each other’s talents – much like the original Wilburys. Hopkins, who has performed his tribute to the “Big O” for twenty years, is joined by Mark Pearson (who plays George Harrison), Aubrey Robinson (Bob Dylan), Buddy Baker (Tom Petty) and Red Litchfield (Jeff Lynne). Add to that a very talented drummer and you have a two hour, 100% live musical extravaganza 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. Join celebrated comedian, singer, actor, presenter and impressionist ROB BRYDON, for a very special evening of toe-tapping tunes and side-splitting laughter!Best known for feel-good TV favourites like Gavin and Stacey and Would I Lie to You, Rob swaps the screen for the stage as he takes his new show out on the road to a series of intimate venues across the UK.  Featuring a sensational live band, ‘SONGS AND STORIES’ tells Rob’s personal musical journey from South Wales to Hollywood and back. With a hugely entertaining and sometimes brilliantly unexpected selection of songs from Tom Jones to Tom Waits and his famed impressions of the likes of Mick Jagger, Michael Caine and Steve Coogan, Rob will regale audiences with hilarious tales from his distant and recent past. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy one of Britain’s finest all-round entertainers doing what he does best. 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 03 Feb - An Evening With Sir Geoff Hurst

    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. Sir Geoff comes to The Alban Arena! Back by popular demand after 2019’s successful tour. Geoff will talk amusingly about his illustrious WEST HAM & ENGLAND CAREER . Everyone that came in 2018 and 2019 had a great time and we have had so many requests to do it again. So here we are back on the road with his great friend and agent Terry Baker from A1 Sporting speakers once again asking the questions VIP ticket holders will have a chance to meet him and have a photograph with him before the show. The second half will be a question & answer session with the audience. T This will be a great event for football 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.Sir Geoff comes to The Alban Arena!Back by popular demand after 2019’s successful tour. Geoff will talk amusingly about his illustrious WEST HAM & ENGLAND CAREER . Everyone that came in 2018 and 2019 had a great time and we have had so many requests to do it again. So here we are back on the road with his great friend and agent Terry Baker from A1 Sporting speakers once again asking the questionsVIP ticket holders will have a chance to meet him and have a photograph with him before the show. The second half will be a question & answer session with the audience. TThis will be a great event for football fans! 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
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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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