Those of us who enjoy an evening being entertained are in luck as St Albans is home to a wide variety of venues with performances catering to all tastes. There are three main theatres; the Alban Arena with a jam-packed programme of rock and pop concerts, stand-up comedy nights, and well-known national touring shows. The Arena is also home to the town’s Christmas pantomime. The Maltings Arts Theatre is a lively fringe venue hosting both plays and films. They have their very own resident theatre company, OVO.
The Abbey Theatre based at Westminster Lodge holds performance by both professional and amateur theatre companies and is the base for ‘Company of Ten’, which is one of the best amateur dramatic groups in the country.
One of the most welcome additions to the entertainment scene is the recent renovation of the old Odeon Cinema on London Road which has been turned into The Odyssey, a 500-seater luxury cinema complete with its very own bar.
Catering to a younger audience is the Trestle Arts Base, a charity based in the south-east of the town. Participation is at the heart of this theatre company, which runs training courses, workshops and a youth theatre. Set in Sandringham School is the Sandpit Theatre which is used by both school and community groups.
If it is a more static show you are looking for then the University of Hertfordshire puts on many exhibitions throughout the year at the Weston Auditorium and at St Albans Museum showing paintings, sculpture, ceramics, glass and prints.
St Albans certainly provides its residents with full calendar of arts and entertainment, and you can find all you need to know at www.enjoystalbans.com.