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Truestory Theatre & Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts present:

Blu & The Magic Web

A new fairytale adventure

Once upon a time, there was a village

A village hidden by a wood covered with cobwebs

A village where all of the children have disappeared -

All, that is, except Blu...

A brand new production for 2021 created by the team behind Brighton’s A Christmas Carol at The Spire.

Join Blu, as together we adventure through the tangled woods for a new spin on old tales. Along the way, you will bump into characters from some of the world’s best loved stories reimagined for the next generation - Blu & the Magic Web is a fairytale mash-up featuring Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel & Gretel, Rapunzel and some brand new characters to add to your storybooks.

Can you help unravel the Magic Web this Christmas?

Truestory Theatre are known for their strikingly visual style and physical feats – this creative team have been wowing audiences for five years with their shows at The Spire (including the long running A Christmas Carol, selling out every season since 2015). This world premiere show for ACCA comes with full-scale production – expect mesmerising sets & costumes that leap from the stage together with original music, comedy and drama – all told by a cast of nine professional actors.

Join us for what promises to be a feel-good spectacular for all the family.

What they said about our previous shows:

“This is a must see show for anyone who loves theatre, feels in need of spiritual absolution or simply has a heart.”

★★★★★ The Argus

"Comedy, drama, music and story are in near perfect balance and this truly is a production that will transition you readily into the Christmas mood.”

[Outstanding Show] FRINGE REVIEW

“This is a blockbuster spectacle that will not disappoint ... You will not see better staging, set & design anywhere in Brighton.”

★★★★★ Broadway Baby

Is this a show just for children?

Not at all! All of our shows are designed for broad audiences and whilst it is not suitable for the littlest ones (6+), we pride ourselves in telling stories that speak across generations. Come with your friends, extended family, work colleagues, internet dates or come by yourself (we will look after you!). Ticket deals are available for all groups of 5 or 10+.

What are your plans for Covid?

Book with confidence – we have extended our refund policy so if you, or a member of your party, need to isolate we will refund your tickets. We also allow you to swap the show/time or even booking name if you make a different night or want to pass them on.

For those who prefer or need more space, we have added several performances with min. 1 metre gap between groups. These will also be relaxed performances, and will have softer lighting & sound, relaxed auditorium and some house lighting. The following shows will be relaxed performances:

Sunday 12 December 5pm

Sunday 19 December 5pm

Wednesday 29 December 2pm

We will follow government guidance to help stop the spread of Covid-19. This may include asking to see either your vaccination status or asking you to take a lateral flow in the 48 hours before you come.

Creative team:

Written & Directed by Gary Sefton

Set & Costume Designer Ryan Dawson Laight

Lighting Designer Clare O’Donaghue

Composer H.C White

Producer James Turnbull (for Frolic)

Find out more about the company, our ethos & vision, and get more details about the show via our website

Dates & Times

Thursday 09 December, 2021 5:00pm
– Friday 31 December, 2021 2:00pm


  • Preview shows - 9th Dec
  • 10th - 16th Dec: Standard
  • 10th - 16th Dec: Concessions
  • 10th - 16th Dec: Group 5+
    £16.50 per ticket
  • 10th - 16th Dec: Group 10+
    £15 per ticket
  • 17th - 31st Dec: Standard
  • 17th - 31st Dec: Concessions
  • 17th - 31st Dec: Group 5+
    £19.50 per ticket
  • 17th - 31st Dec: Group 10+
    £17.50 per ticket
  • Suitable for ages 6 and up.
  • Running time: 65 minutes (no interval)
We have now made the decision to adapt the seating plan for performances from Saturday 18 December onwards to a socially distanced configuration. The auditorium will have seats in use on alternate rows and there will be two seats left free between groups on each row. This means that you will be not be able to choose your exact seats, but you will be automatically allocated seats that are at least 2 seats apart from another group. Please note the performance contains flashing lights (other than performances which have been advertised as relaxed performances)

Covid safety policy

We want all our guests to have a safe visit to ACCA. Here is some information on the things we are doing to help everyone feel confident while attending an event.

Measures we have in place:

  • Ventilation system in the auditorium which draws fresh air into the space and extracts stale air.
  • Automatic hand sanitiser stations in place around the venue.

Please look after others by:

  • Continuing to wear a face mask unless you are exempt
  • Taking a lateral flow test before attending the venue

Please do not attend the venue if you:

  • Have symptoms of Covid-19
  • Have tested positive for COVID-19 on a lateral flow or PCR test
  • Have been in close proximity to anyone who has experienced symptoms in the last 14 days
  • Have been advised to self-isolate

See our Covid-19 Safety Information page for more detailed information

Free Tickets for Personal Assistants

Personal assistance tickets are available free of charge for those accompanying customers who would be unable to attend the venue without a PA’s assistance.


Concession tickets available for:

  • Under 16s
  • Students in full-time education
  • Over 65s
  • Anyone in receipt of benefits
Christmas Show
Truestory Theatre Present: Blu & The Magic Web
Thursday 09 December  – Friday 31 December

Truestory Theatre Present: Blu & The Magic Web Tickets

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