A prequel stage production based on Netflix’s hit “Stranger Things” is heading to the Phoenix Theatre in London’s West End. “Stranger Things: The First Shadow” is based on an original story by show creators The Duffer Brothers, Jack Thorne, and Kate Trefry.
The play is written by Trefry, and is directed by Stephen Daldry with co-direction by Justin Martin.
The play will take place in the fictitious town of Hawkins in 1959. So don’t expect it to be drenched in ‘80s nostalgia like the show. What seems like a regular town with regular problems like Jim Hopper’s car won’t start, Bob Newby’s sister won’t take his radio show seriously, and Joyce Maldonado just wanting to graduate and get the hell out of town. Everything changes when new student Henry Creel arrives. His family finds that a fresh start in Hawkins isn’t so easy. The shadows of the past have a funny way of finding you, no matter where you run.
“Stranger Things: The First Shadow” will be produced by both Netflix and Sonia Friedman Productions. With The Duffer Brothers acting as creative producers, and 21 Laps as an associate producer.
“We are beyond excited about Stranger Things: The First Shadow,” Matt and Ross Duffer said of the news. “Collaborating with the brilliant Stephen Daldry has been nothing short of inspiring, and Kate Trefry has written a play that is at turns surprising, scary, and heartfelt. You will meet endearing new characters, as well as very familiar ones, on a journey into the past that sets the groundwork for the future of Stranger Things. We’re dying to tell you more about the story but won’t – it’s more fun to discover it for yourself. Can’t wait to see you nerds in London!”
“Stranger Things: The First Shadow” will open this spring, with more details coming later this month. Priority access to tickets will be given to fans who register here.