Spandau Ballet star, show tunes, Pinter and Motown come to the Arena next week

Ninety glorious years celebrating the Queen’s milestone birthday is marked with everything from show tunes to the swinging sixties at the Alban Arena next Tuesday, June 7.

The show, entitled 90 Glorious Years, features Neil Sands and a West End cast as they seek out memories with songs made famous by many of her favourite singers and stars from Royal Command performances.

Starting at 2.30pm, it will feature a cockney knees-up and a flag-waving finale.

Tickets are £15.50, available from the Arena box office on 01727 844488 or go to the website.

An Evening with Martin Kemp at 7.30pm on the same day finds the Spandau Ballet star talking about life with the band and beyond.

Best known for playing bass guitar in Spandau Ballet who went on to tour the world and had a number of Top 20 hits in the 80s, the band reformed recently.

Martin has also had a successful film and TV acting career, most notably starring alongside his brother Gary in the film The Krays and as the villain Steve Owen in Eastenders from 1998 to 2002.

Tickets are £22.50.

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Harold Pinter masterpiece The Birthday Party is being performed at the Arena next Thursday, June 9, by London Classic Theatre.

Set in a shabby boarding house in a small English seaside town, an elderly couple take care of a solitary guest who rarely ventures out

The arrival of two enigmatic strangers seems to offer a welcome distraction from their mundane existence. But when an impromptu, seemingly innocent birthday party, abruptly turns into a deadly game of cat and mouse, there are horrifying repercussions.

The Birthday Party, Harold Pinter’s first major work, can be seen at 7.30pm and tickets are £18 with concessions £16.

A celebration of Motown’s greatest hits can be seen at the Arena the following night, Friday, June 10, in the shape of Dancing in the Streets.

It brings to life Motown songs with a touch of soul and includes music from The Four Tops, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie and many more.

The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £26.50 and £24.50.

Choirs from across the region compete in the first round of the UK’s biggest choral competition at the Arena next Sunday, June 12.

The two Choir Of The Year auditions, featuring singers of all ages, are at 9.30am and 2.30pm.

The music ranges from classical to contemporary and audience members will also be invited to join in with the choirs in a big sing at the end of each session.

Tickets for each audition session are £12 /£8 concessions with a combined ticket for both sessions at £20/£15 concessions.

* Subtitled dark comedy the Brand New Testament is being screened at the Arena at 1.30pm and 7.30pm next Wednesday, June 8.

The French film finds God living in an apartment in Brussels which he shares with his wife and 10-year-old daughter, a grumpy sadist who created humankind specifically to have something to torment.

When his daughter discovers his secret, she steals the key to his office and accesses the pre-destined dates of death of every human and releases it to the world.

Tickets are £7 with concessions £5.