Paul swaps news for Impro Chums at Alban Arena

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Arena images - Credit: Archant

Comedian Paul Merton and his Impro Chums return to the Alban Arena next Friday, April 24.

Arena images

Arena images - Credit: Archant

There are still a few tickets available for the show in which the Have I Got News For You star will be joined by Mike McShane, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Sukie Webster.

Paul has taken to the road again following the publication of his autobiography Only When I Laugh and more than a decade of sell-out seasons at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The show starts at 8pm and tickets at £21 with concessions £2 off are available from the box office on 01727 844488 or online at

Also making a return to the Arena next Thursday, April 23, are Eagles tribute act The Illegal Eagles

They have established themselves as a tribute band following a number of critically acclaimed UK and European tours.

The original line-up of Phil Aldridge, Keith Atack, Jeff Green and Darin Murphy has been joined by Garreth Hicklin and Greg Webb for a show which features all the classics.

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The performance begins at 8pm and tickets are £24.50 and £22.50.

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Performances are at 7.30pm both evenings and there is also a Wednesday matinee at 1.30pm.

Tickets for matinees are £5 and for evenings they are £7 or £5 concessions.