Stranger Things Hits the Stage in London with The First Shadow Play Image

Stranger Things Hits the Stage in London with The First Shadow Play

Written by Estelle Ross

Apr 01, 2023

Stranger Things fans, get ready for an exciting new adventure! "The First Shadow," a theatrical play set in the world of Stranger Things, is coming to London. Produced by Netflix and Sonia Friedman Productions, this play will be directed by the renowned Stephen Daldry with co-director Justin Martin. The play features an all-star creative team including set design by Miriam Buether, costume design by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, lighting design by Jon Clark, sound design by Paul Arditti, illusions design & visual effects by Jamie Harrison & Chris Fisher, video design & visual effects by 59 Productions, movement direction by Coral Messam, wigs, hair, and make-up design by Campbell Young Associates, casting by Charlotte Sutton CDG, international casting consultancy by Jim Carnahan, Gary Beestone for Gary Beestone Associates as Technical Director, with further creative team members to be announced.


The story of "The First Shadow" is set in Hawkins, Indiana, in 1959, before the events of the hit TV series. The play follows young Jim Hopper, Bob Newby, and Joyce Maldonado as they deal with the regular worries of life in a small town. But when new student Henry Creel arrives, the shadows of the past start to emerge, and a fresh start becomes much more difficult. The play promises to take audiences on a journey into the past that sets the groundwork for the future of Stranger Things.

Kate Trefry has written the play, and the creative team has promised that the story will be surprising, scary, and heartfelt. They are excited to introduce endearing new characters, as well as familiar ones, in this gripping new adventure. While they won't reveal too much about the plot, they encourage fans to discover the story for themselves.

Photo credit: Matt and Ross Duffer, Kate Trefry (CR. Brad Torchia/Netflix)

The play promises to take theatrical storytelling and stagecraft to a whole new dimension, with illusions design & visual effects by Jamie Harrison & Chris Fisher and video design & visual effects by 59 Productions. The team has also promised to create a world that is both nostalgic and immersive, transporting audiences to the small town of Hawkins in the 1950s.

The play is expected to be a hit among Stranger Things fans, who have been eagerly awaiting the show's return after the release of its fourth season was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While it is not a replacement for the TV show, the play promises to offer a unique and exciting new way to experience the world of Stranger Things.

When & Where?

"The First Shadow" will premiere at the Theatre Royal Stratford East in London in November 2023. Tickets are expected to sell out fast, so make sure to get yours as soon as possible. Fans can visit the play's official website for more information and updates on the creative team and casting announcements.

"The First Shadow" promises to be an exciting new addition to the Stranger Things universe. With an all-star creative team and a gripping story set in the world of the hit TV show, fans can expect a unique and immersive theatrical experience that will transport them back to the beginning of the Stranger Things story. Get ready to discover the shadows of the past and the key to the future of Stranger Things in this thrilling new adventure.

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