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St. Albans's nightlife centers on theater. The Company of Ten, with its base at the Abbey Theatre, Westminster Lodge, Holywell Hill (tel. 01727/857861; www.abbeytheatre.org.uk), is one of the leading amateur dramatic companies in Britain. The troupe presents 10 productions each season in either the well-equipped main auditorium or a smaller studio. Performances begin at 8pm; tickets cost from £7.50 to £9.50. The box office is open Monday to Saturday 10:30am to 7pm.

Maltings Arts Theatre, in the Maltings Shopping Centre (tel. 01727/844222; www.stalbans.gov.uk/mat), presents performances based on literature -- from Shakespeare to modern novels. Plays are generally presented only once and begin at 8:30pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (there is a children's show at 3pm). Tickets are £6.50 to £12. The theater box office is open Monday to Saturday 11am to 5pm.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.