Give a Show of Hands for Omid and The Nutcracker at the Alban Arena

Omid Djalili

Omid Djalili - Credit: Archant

Comedy dominates the forthcoming week at the Alban Arena with two performances each from Omid Djalili and Ross Noble.

Show of Hands

Show of Hands - Credit: Archant

First up is Omid Djalili who drops into the Arena at 7.30pm next Monday, November 21, and again at 8pm on Saturday, November 26.

The award-winning comedian and actor, best known for his stand-up performances, has credits ranging from Hollywood to TV and live on the West End stage. He recently starried in Dickensian, Lucky Man and Going Forward, all TV programmes.

Tickets for the show, Schmuck for the Night, are £24, available from the box office on 01727 844488 or click here.

The man dubbed the Randomist, Ross Noble, brings his Brain Dump show to the Arena at 8pm next Tuesday, November 22, and the following night, Wednesday, November 23.


Nutcracker - Credit: Archant

Famed for his quick freewheeling style and imaginative flights of fancy, he has, as always, lots of stuff backing up in his head and is ready to let it all out.

His career in comedy started 25 years ago when he was 15 and he is regarded as a top live stand-up act.

Tickets are £25.

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The show with special guest Megan Henwood reunites the band witn Miranda Sykes on double bass.

Show of Hands are recognised by many as England’s finest and most popular roots partnership and something of a “people’s band”, voicing the hopes, fears and life stories of scores of people in song.

Regular airplay on BBC Radio 2 by Mark Radcliffe, Steve Wright and Janice Long has been a highlight of this year.

Tickets are £24 and £22.

One of the most famous classical ballets of all time, The Nutcracker, is being danced by The Vienna Festival Ballet, at 2.30pm next Saturday, November 26.

Set to Tchaikovsky’s score, it tells the story of Clara and her enchanted nutcracker doll as they combat the Mouse King and join the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier on a journey through the Land of Snow to a kingdom made entirely of sweets.

Tickets are £23, £19, and under 16s £15.

* Kevin Bloody Wilson, who comes to the Arena next Friday, November 25, has sold out.