Stranger Things to hit the stage in new West End production - The First Shadow

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1 Mar 2023, 14:24

The Stranger Things universe is headed to the West End in a brand new play. 

Written by Kate Trefry, Stranger Things: The First Shadow will land at the Phoenix Theatre, London later this year. 

Duffer Brothers, Matt and Ross Duffer wrote the original story for the production and will act as creative producers too, while streaming service Netflix will produce the show alongside Sonia Friedman Productions. 

It’s not yet known who could be joining the cast, but it seems this new story will be a prequel to the Netflix series. 

The official synopsis reads: “Hawkins, 1959: a regular town with regular worries. Young Jim Hopper’s car won’t start, Bob Newby’s sister won’t take his radio show seriously and Joyce Maldonado just wants to graduate and get the hell out of town. 

“When new student Henry Creel arrives, his family finds that a fresh start isn’t so easy…  and the shadows of the past have a very long reach.”

On the exciting announcement, the Duffer Brothers said in a statement: “We are beyond excited about Stranger Things: The First Shadow.  Collaborating with the brilliant Stephen Daldry [director] 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!”

Tickets for Stranger Things: The First Shadow will go on sale later this year, but fans wanting priority tickets will have to register their interest on

The Stranger Things: The First Shadow will be a bit of welcome news for fans who have been patiently waiting for series five of the sci-fi series. 

In November, it was revealed that the first episode of the final season will be called The Crawl, and while the news sparked fan theories - some of them about popular character Eddie Munson - David Harbour has been pondering what will happen to Hopper.

Like many of the characters in the hit Netflix series, Hopper has had a rough old time of it. Last season was spent in a freezing cold Russian gulag, where he almost ended up as a Demogorgon’s dinner.  

In an interview with Total Film, the actor said that he hopes the Duffer brothers decide that things should work out for his character. “I believe in a fundamental morality in storytelling, and that characters should get what they deserve,” he explained. “Which is more complex than just smiles. But I certainly think that Hopper is someone who’s been through a lot. I think he deserves peace, so I’d like to see that achieved.”

However, a happy Hopper ending depends, according to Harbour, on what kind of writers the Duffer brothers are. “But the real question you have to ask yourself is: are the Duffers Dickensian? Or are they Kafka-esque?” he said.

Showdates and tickets for Stranger Things: The First Shadow will be announced soon. Stranger Things season 1-4 are now available to stream on Netflix.