Olympic spirit at the Alban Arena

A CELEBRATION of the spirit of the Olympics comes to the Alban Arena on Sunday evening (29) in the shape of musical production Beyond Gold.

It blends a mix of dance, drama and gospel music to tell the true and inspiring stories of some of the world’s greatest athletes including Marion Jones, Derek Redmond and Eric Liddle.

An original piece of theatre, it features singers, dancers and actors in a production which engages the audience with stories of faith and determination as well as the successes and failures that provide the backdrop to the epic quest for Olympic glory.

Beyond Gold starts at 7pm and tickets at �25 and �20 with concessions �15 are available from the Arena box office on 01727 844488 or online at www.alban-arena.co.uk

Comedian Jimmy Carr returns to the Arena next Saturday, August 4, with his Gagging Order tour.

The show at 7pm and 10pm will be packed with one-liners, stories and jokes, some clever, some rude and a few totally unacceptable. Some tickets remain for the 10pm performance.

Film continues at the Arena with Red Lights in which psychologist Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and her assistant study paranormal activity, which leads them to investigate a world-renowned psychic (Robert De Niro) who has resurfaced years after his toughest critic mysteriously passed away.

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It is being shown at 5pm on next Tuesday, July 31, 8pm on Wednesday, August 1, 5pm on Friday, August 3, and 1.30pm on Wednesday, August 15.

English subtitled film Where Do We Go Now? is being screened at 8pm next Tuesday, July 31, and 1.30pm on Wednesday, August 1.

Fed up with mourning their husbands and sons, the women of a remote Lebanese village where Christians and Muslims live side by side, concoct radically inventive schemes to prevent sectarian violence from further corrupting their loved ones.

To quash inter-religious conflicts, the women are not above sabotaging the village’s sole television, colluding with the priest and imam, nor enlisting a busload of sexy Ukrainian strippers to distract their men.

Think Like A Man at 5pm on Thursday, August 2, and 8pm on Friday, August 3, follows four interconnected and diverse men whose love lives are shaken up after the ladies they are pursuing buy Steve Harvey’s relationship book and start taking his advice to heart.

When the band of brothers realise they have been betrayed by one of their own, they conspire using the book’s insider information to turn the tables and teach the women a lesson of their own.

Finally, A Thousand Kisses Deep at 8pm next Thursday, August 2, cinematically captures and recreates the psychoanalytic experience. Caught in a timeless world of passions and betrayals, Mia searches for the truth behind a mysterious woman’s death.

Tickets for film matinees are �5 and for evenings are �7 or �5 for concessions.

n The Arena is closing its doors in from Monday, August 6, until Wednesday, August 15, to carry out annual maintenance and repairs. Online booking will still be available 24 hours a day at www.alban-arena.co.uk and this year the telephones will be manned from 10.30am to 3pm on 01727 844488.