Stranger Things play “The First Shadow” to tease events of series’ final season

by Matthew Escosia
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“Stranger Things” is going to the theater – but unlike stage adaptations of beloved movies and series, this adaptation is featuring all-new stories about the residents of the town of Hawkins.

The play entitled “Stranger Things: The First Shadow” is set in Hawkins during 1959 where we meet familiar characters like Joyce Byers, Jim Hopper, Bob Newby and a mysterious Henry Creel. Read the play’ description below:

“Hawkins, 1959: a regular town with regular worries. Hopper’s car won’t start, Bob’s sister won’t take his radio show seriously and Joyce just wants to get out as soon as she can. When new student Henry Creel and his family arrive, they find a fresh start isn’t that easy… and the shadows of the past have a very long reach.”

A trailer was also released with a reveal that the play will also serve as a prelude to the events of the upcoming final season of the “Stranger Things” series on Netflix.


“The First Shadow” is directed by Tony Award winner Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin, and written by Kate Trefry. It is based on an original story by the Duffer Brothers, Trefry and Jack Thorne.

“Expanding our world beyond the TV series is a thrilling experience and collaborating with this incredible team, led by the inspiring Stephen Daldry, is a joyous process of discovery,” said Matt and Ross Duffer in a press statement from Netflix. “Bringing this new Stranger Things story to the stage, with live audiences, is a prospect that we find enormously exciting, and we are delighted that a city with such a rich theater culture as London will receive the world premiere of our new story. We can’t wait to share it with you.”

Stranger Things The First Shadow West End

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The play will be coming to London’s West End starting late 2023 with tickets now on sale at

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