Stranger Things The First Shadow - London

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Phoenix Theatre, London
Booking to 25 August 2024

★★★★★ “Breathtaking theatre” – Guardian ★★★★★ Evening Standard ★★★★★FT ★★★★★ Whatsonstage ★★★★★Telegraph ★★★★★ Sunday Times

Based on the hit Netflix series

Get ready to journey into the supernatural world of Stranger Things: The First Shadow at the Phoenix Theatre in London’s West End.

Based on the smash-hit Netflix TV series, this gripping new adventure takes you right back to the beginning of the Stranger Things story – and may hold the key to the end…

Directed by acclaimed, award-winning director Stephen Daldry (The Crown, Billy Elliot the Musical), and creatively overseen by Matt & Ross Duffer – the Duffer Brothers, the show is a major new addition to the Stranger Things universe, and takes theatrical storytelling and stagecraft to a whole new dimension.

The show stars Shane Attwooll (Wonder Woman 1984) as Chief Hopper; Christopher Buckley (David Copperfield) as Bob Newby; Michael Jibson (The Essex Serpent; Hamilton) as Victor Creel; Oscar Lloyd (The 47th) as James Hopper Jnr; Louis McCartney (Game of Thrones) as Henry Creel; Isabella Pappas (Finding Alice) as Joyce Maldonaldo; Patrick Vaill (Oklahoma!) as Dr Brenner; Lauren Ward (Dear Evan Hansen) as Virginia Creel; and Ella Karuna Williams (The Equalizer) as Patty Newby.

Stranger Things: The First Shadow is playing at the Phoenix Theatre in London, and now booking to 25 August 2024.

FAQs: Do I need to be a Stranger Things fan to enjoy the stage show?

No, Stranger Things: The First Shadow is a completely new play, and you can completely enjoy and understand the show without ever having seen Stranger Things on Netflix. As the Guardian said in its review: “Those familiar with the series will be able to trace storylines back but the production is not just a clever parlour game for fans. If you come at it afresh, it is still irresistible.”

What's the story of Stranger Things: The First Shadow?

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.

Who is in the cast of Stranger Things: The First Shadow?

Shane Attwooll (Chief Hopper), Christopher Buckley (Bob Newby), Michael Jibson (Victor Creel), Oscar Lloyd (James Hopper Jnr), Louis McCartney (Henry Creel), Isabella Pappas (Joyce Maldonaldo), Patrick Vaill (Dr Brenner), Lauren Ward (Virginia Creel), and Ella Karuna Williams (Patty Newby).

Also Kemi Awoderu (Sue Anderson), Chase Brown (Lonnie Byers), Ammar Duffus (Charles Sinclair), Gilles Geary (Ted Wheeler), Florence Guy (Karen Childress), Max Harwood (Allen Munson), Matthew Pidgeon (Father Newby), Calum Ross (Walter Henderson) and Maisie Norma Seaton (Claudia Henderson).

The ensemble and swings includes Tricia Adele-Turner, Lauren Arney, Reya-Nyomi Brown, Patricia Castro, Lydia Fraser, Isaac Gryn, Mark Hammersley, Tom Peters, Kingdom Sibanda, Tiana Simone, Danny Sykes and Meesha Turner.

Who are the creative team of Stranger Things: The First Shadow?

Written by Kate Trefry and directed by Stephen Daldry.

An original story by the Duffer Brothers, Jack Thorne and Kate Trefry, based on the Netflix Series, ‘Stranger Things’, created by the Duffer Brothers.

Also in the creative team are co-director Justin Martin, set design by Miriam Buether, costume design by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, lighting design by Jon Clark, sound design by Paul Arditti, illusions design by Jamie Harrison & Chris Fisher, video design 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, and Gary Beestone for Gary Beestone Associates is Technical Director.

Stranger Things: The First Shadow is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Stephen Daldry and Netflix, with 21 Laps as associate producers.


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Reviews of Stranger Things: The First Shadow

★★★★★ "A phenomenon" - The Sunday Times
★★★★★ "Breathtaking theatre" - The Guardian
★★★★★ "Exhilarating live theatre" - Financial Times
★★★★★ "As a piece of total theatre, this is streets ahead of anything else" - Evening Standard
★★★★★ "Netflix gives the West End its event of the year" - Telegraph
★★★★★ "As close to a rollercoaster experience as the West End can provide" - Whatsonstage
★★★★ "It's thrillingly done – magic and dramatic" - Daily Mail
★★★★ "Netflix explodes into the West End with thrills galore" - The Independent
★★★★ "Mesmerising" - i News
★★★★ "This is Theatre of Sensation, Grand Guignol for the modern age" - Express

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Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 25 August 2024
Age restrictions
12+
Running time
3 hours (including interval)
Performance days
Evenings: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Matinees: Friday, Saturday, Sunday

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Important Notes

Age guidance:

We would recommend 12+. Under 5s not permitted. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. 

Content warning:

Please be advised that flashing lights will be used in this production.

Ticketing notes:

Ticket resale is not permitted for this event. Lead booker must be in attendance, photo ID may be required on entry to the venue. Max 6 tickets per household.


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Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0JP
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New photos of Stranger Things: The First Shadow released following Best New Play award win
The world premiere production of TV-to-stage drama Stranger Things: The First Shadow at the Phoenix Theatre in London has dropped new production photos. The photos come following the play's triumph last night at the Whatsonstage Awards 2024, taking home the award for Best New Play. Last December's reviews from the London theatre critics were stellar, with four and five stars from most of the leading publications. There are also rumours that this is the first play in a trilogy, and that the show is Broadway bound – read more here. Based on the Netflix series Stranger Things created by the Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things: The First Shadow is written by Kate Trefry (Netflix’s Stranger Things), and has an original story by the Duffer Brothers, award-winning writer Jack Thorne (The Motive and the Cue), and Kate Trefry. Stranger Things on stage - New photos [ngg src="galleries" ids="1534" display="pro_tile"] The show is co-directed by Stephen Daldry and co-director Justin Martin with set design by Miriam Buether, costume design by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, lighting design by Jon Clark, sound design by Paul Arditti, illusions design by Jamie Harrison & Chris Fisher, video design 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, and Gary Beestone for Gary Beestone Associates is Technical Director. Stranger Things: The First Shadow stars Louis McCartney (Game of Thrones) as Henry Creel, with Isabella Pappas (Finding Alice) as Joyce Maldonaldo; Oscar Lloyd (The 47th) as James Hopper Jnr; Christopher Buckley (David Copperfield) as Bob Newby; and Ella Karuna Williams (The Equalizer) as Patty Newby. The cast also includes Shane Attwooll (Wonder Woman 1984) as Chief Hopper; Christopher Buckley (David Copperfield) as Bob Newby; Michael Jibson (The Essex Serpent; Hamilton) as Victor Creel; Patrick Vaill (Oklahoma!) as Dr Brenner; and Lauren Ward (Dear Evan Hansen) as Virginia Creel; alongside Kemi Awoderu (Sue Anderson), Chase Brown (Lonnie Byers), Ammar Duffus (Charles Sinclair), Gilles Geary (Ted Wheeler), Florence Guy (Karen Childress), Max Harwood (Allen Munson), Matthew Pidgeon (Father Newby), Calum Ross (Walter Henderson) and Maisie Norma Seaton (Claudia Henderson); and an ensemble and swings that include Tricia Adele-Turner, Lauren Arney, Reya-Nyomi Brown, Patricia Castro, Lydia Fraser, Isaac Gryn, Mark Hammersley, Tom Peters, Kingdom Sibanda, Tiana Simone, Danny Sykes and Meesha Turner. Stranger Things: The First Shadow is now booking to 25 August 2024. Book tickets to Stranger Things: The First Shadow at the Phoenix Theatre in London
Stranger Things opening night – Red carpet arrivals & meet the cast – Photos and videos
Talk about leaving it to the last minute! Arguable the biggest West End opening of the year has come right at the end of it, with Stranger Things: The First Shadow finally opening last night, 14 December 2023, at the Phoenix Theatre in London. Opening night of Stranger Things on stage Celebrity guests attending the premiere of Stranger Things: The First Shadow last night included Hugh Jackman, Lily Allen, Joe Locke, Lulu, Jonathan Pryce, James McAvoy, Dominic West, Jennifer Garner, Justin Martin, Ludvig Andersson, Corinna Brown, Emma Corrin, Daniel Dae Kim, Tobie Donovan, Kizzie Edgell, Luther Ford, Richard Gadd, Meg Bellamy, Ed McVey, Ambika Mod, Thomasin McKenzie, Himesh Patel and Micheal Ward. Also in attendance were Netflix's big bosses, including Ted Sarandos, and Stranger Things creators and producers including the Duffer Brothers, series co-producer Shawn Levy of 21 Laps, and Stranger Things TV stars David Harbour, Matthew Modine and Cara Buono. Plus the show's producer Sonia Friedman and director Stephen Daldry, and writer Kate Trefry. London theatre critics have been writing up their reviews over the last few days, and pretty much everyone went out with their review on the dot of the midnight embargo. Reviews have been stellar, with five and four stars from most of the leading publications. There are also rumours that this is the first play in a trilogy, and that the show is Broadway bound - read more here. [ngg src="galleries" ids="1474" display="pro_tile"] FIRST NIGHT PHOTOS: Also see red carpet arrivals and celebrity portraits from Getty Images FIRST NIGHT VIDEOS: See Stranger Things opening night videos from Getty Images Stranger Things - Opening Night Red Carpet Interviews https://twitter.com/stonstage/status/1735442864866234698 Stranger Things Opening Night - Curtain Call https://twitter.com/STOnStage/status/1735430459352342788 Meet the Cast of Stranger Things on stage The cast of Stranger Things: The First Shadow mixes some hot new talent with a number of trusted West End (and film) stars. https://youtu.be/G2I0PIXdyvk The cast features Louis McCartney (Game of Thrones) as Henry Creel; Isabella Pappas (Finding Alice) as Joyce Maldonaldo; Oscar Lloyd (The 47th) as James Hopper Jnr; Christopher Buckley (David Copperfield) as Bob Newby; and Ella Karuna Williams (The Equalizer) as Patty Newby. This Stranger Things stage spin-off also stars Shane Attwooll (Wonder Woman 1984) as Chief Hopper; Christopher Buckley (David Copperfield) as Bob Newby; Michael Jibson (The Essex Serpent; Hamilton) as Victor Creel; Patrick Vaill (Oklahoma!) as Dr Brenner; and Lauren Ward (Dear Evan Hansen) as Virginia Creel; alongside Kemi Awoderu (Sue Anderson), Chase Brown (Lonnie Byers), Ammar Duffus (Charles Sinclair), Gilles Geary (Ted Wheeler), Florence Guy (Karen Childress), Max Harwood (Allen Munson), Matthew Pidgeon (Father Newby), Calum Ross (Walter Henderson) and Maisie Norma Seaton (Claudia Henderson); and an ensemble and swings that include Tricia Adele-Turner, Lauren Arney, Reya-Nyomi Brown, Patricia Castro, Lydia Fraser, Isaac Gryn, Mark Hammersley, Tom Peters, Kingdom Sibanda, Tiana Simone, Danny Sykes and Meesha Turner. More about Stranger Things on stage The play is set in Hawkins, Indiana in 1959, and begins with a young Jim Hopper, played by Oscar Lloyd, whose car won’t start. Bob Newby's (Christopher Buckley) sister Patty refuses to take Jim's radio show seriously, and Joyce Maldonado just wants to graduate and get the hell out of town! But when new student Henry Creel arrives, Henry's family finds that a fresh start isn’t easy, and shadows of the past have a very long reach. Based on the Netflix series Stranger Things created by the Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things: The First Shadow is written by Kate Trefry (Netflix’s Stranger Things), and has an original story by the Duffer Brothers, award-winning writer Jack Thorne (The Motive and the Cue), and Kate Trefry. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3obdFi0st5U The show is co-directed by Stephen Daldry and co-director Justin Martin with set design by Miriam Buether, costume design by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, lighting design by Jon Clark, sound design by Paul Arditti, illusions design by Jamie Harrison & Chris Fisher, video design 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, and Gary Beestone for Gary Beestone Associates is Technical Director. The show is produced by West End and Broadway impresario Sonia Friedman (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Book of Mormon), alongside Daldry, the Duffer Brothers and 21 Laps. Book tickets to Stranger Things on stage Stranger Things: The First Shadow is now playing at the Phoenix Theatre and booking to 25 August 2024. Book tickets to Stranger Things: The First Shadow at the Phoenix Theatre in London
Stranger Things on stage to be a trilogy of three plays and is Broadway bound
Stranger Things: The First Shadow has opened in the West End to rave reviews - and could be just the beginning of Stranger Things on stage. According to Baz in Deadline The First Shadow will be the first of three, with a trilogy of Stranger Things plays planned for the stage. There will be two or three year intervals between each instalemnt, according to industry insiders. Also, Broadway plans are already underway for this Stranger Things prequel, set in Hawkins Indiana in the late 1950s. No dates or theatre have been rumoured for Broadway, but the primary London producer of the show, Sonia Friedman, is increasingly working as much in New York as she is in London, chief amongst her projects being the mega-hit Merrily We Roll Along. Friedman has a producing partnership with theatre owner ATG, and Stranger Things is in one of their London houses - the Phoenix Theatre. ATG also now own seven Broadway venues, so finding a venue for Stranger Things shouldn't be hard. Reviews from the London critics have been stellar, with the Guardian, Evening Standard and Telegraph all hailing the show a five-star hit. Less enthusiastic have been New York notices: it's unusual for Johnny Oleksinski of the New York Post to be at a London first-night, but he clearly thought it was important to be there given the show's Broadway-bound rumours. To say he didn't like it is an understatement. The New York Times' Houman Barekat was also underwhelmed. More positive was David Benedict in entertainment industry publication Variety - something that will give Netflix and the Duffer Brothers pleasure given that this is Netflix's first foray into stage spin-offs. The London cast of the show are strongly tipped for greater things, with Louis McCartney (Game of Thrones) as Henry Creel getting great notices, along with Isabella Pappas (Finding Alice) as Joyce Maldonaldo, Oscar Lloyd (The 47th) as James Hopper Jnr, Christopher Buckley (David Copperfield) as Bob Newby and Ella Karuna Williams (The Equalizer) as Patty Newby. Talent to watch. Stranger Things: The First Shadow is now playing at the Phoenix Theatre, and is currently booking to 25 August 2024. Also see: Stranger Things: The First Shadow – Reviews Round-up Book tickets to Stranger Things: The First Shadow at the Phoenix Theatre in London
Stranger Things: The First Shadow – Reviews
A Reviews Round-up from the London theatre critics for Stranger Things: The First Shadow at the West End's Phoenix Theatre in London. Stranger Things: The First Shadow opened last night, 14 December 2023, in the West End, and reviews are now coming in for the show, which is based on Netflix smash-hit TV sci-fi drama Stranger Things. The Stranger Things stage play stars Louis McCartney (Game of Thrones) as Henry Creel, with Isabella Pappas (Finding Alice) as Joyce Maldonaldo; Oscar Lloyd (The 47th) as James Hopper Jnr; Christopher Buckley (David Copperfield) as Bob Newby; and Ella Karuna Williams (The Equalizer) as Patty Newby, alongside Shane Attwooll (Wonder Woman 1984) as Chief Hopper; Christopher Buckley (David Copperfield) as Bob Newby; Michael Jibson (The Essex Serpent; Hamilton) as Victor Creel; Patrick Vaill (Oklahoma!) as Dr Brenner; and Lauren Ward (Dear Evan Hansen) as Virginia Creel. Also in the cast are Kemi Awoderu (Sue Anderson), Chase Brown (Lonnie Byers), Ammar Duffus (Charles Sinclair), Gilles Geary (Ted Wheeler), Florence Guy (Karen Childress), Max Harwood (Allen Munson), Matthew Pidgeon (Father Newby), Calum Ross (Walter Henderson) and Maisie Norma Seaton (Claudia Henderson); and an ensemble and swings that include Tricia Adele-Turner, Lauren Arney, Reya-Nyomi Brown, Patricia Castro, Lydia Fraser, Isaac Gryn, Mark Hammersley, Tom Peters, Kingdom Sibanda, Tiana Simone, Danny Sykes and Meesha Turner. [ngg src="galleries" ids="1461" display="pro_horizontal_filmstrip"] Stranger Things: The First Shadow is set in Hawkins, Indiana in 1959, as a prequel to events in the TV series.  The show is written by Kate Trefry (Netflix’s Stranger Things), and has an original story by Stranger Things creators the Duffer Brothers, award-winning writer Jack Thorne (The Motive and the Cue), and Kate Trefry. Stranger Things: The First Shadow is co-directed by Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin, with set design by Miriam Buether, costume design by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, lighting design by Jon Clark, sound design by Paul Arditti, illusions design by Jamie Harrison & Chris Fisher, video design 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, and Gary Beestone for Gary Beestone Associates is Technical Director. Read reviews from the Guardian, Telegraph, TimeOut and more, with further reviews to be added. Stranger Things: The First Shadow is now booking to 25 August 2024. Book tickets to Stranger Things: The First Shadow at the Phoenix Theatre in London
First-look Photos: Stranger Things: The First Shadow – Production pictures
Production images have come in for TV-to-stage drama Stranger Things: The First Shadow at the Phoenix Theatre in London. The photos by Manuel Harlan show the cast of the show, which is now playing at the West End's Phoenix Theatre. This first ever Stranger Things stage spin-off stars Louis McCartney (Game of Thrones) as Henry Creel, with Isabella Pappas (Finding Alice) as Joyce Maldonaldo; Oscar Lloyd (The 47th) as James Hopper Jnr; Christopher Buckley (David Copperfield) as Bob Newby; and Ella Karuna Williams (The Equalizer) as Patty Newby. The cast also includes Shane Attwooll (Wonder Woman 1984) as Chief Hopper; Christopher Buckley (David Copperfield) as Bob Newby; Michael Jibson (The Essex Serpent; Hamilton) as Victor Creel; Patrick Vaill (Oklahoma!) as Dr Brenner; and Lauren Ward (Dear Evan Hansen) as Virginia Creel; alongside Kemi Awoderu (Sue Anderson), Chase Brown (Lonnie Byers), Ammar Duffus (Charles Sinclair), Gilles Geary (Ted Wheeler), Florence Guy (Karen Childress), Max Harwood (Allen Munson), Matthew Pidgeon (Father Newby), Calum Ross (Walter Henderson) and Maisie Norma Seaton (Claudia Henderson); and an ensemble and swings that include Tricia Adele-Turner, Lauren Arney, Reya-Nyomi Brown, Patricia Castro, Lydia Fraser, Isaac Gryn, Mark Hammersley, Tom Peters, Kingdom Sibanda, Tiana Simone, Danny Sykes and Meesha Turner. Set in Hawkins, Indiana in 1959, the play starts with a young Jim Hopper, played by Oscar Lloyd, whose car won’t start. Bob Newby's (Christopher Buckley) sister Patty refuses to take Jim's radio show seriously, and Joyce Maldonado just wants to graduate and get the hell out of town! But when new student Henry Creel arrives, Henry's family finds that a fresh start isn’t easy, and shadows of the past have a very long reach. Based on the Netflix series Stranger Things created by the Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things: The First Shadow is written by Kate Trefry (Netflix’s Stranger Things), and has an original story by the Duffer Brothers, award-winning writer Jack Thorne (The Motive and the Cue), and Kate Trefry. The show is co-directed by Stephen Daldry and co-director Justin Martin with set design by Miriam Buether, costume design by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, lighting design by Jon Clark, sound design by Paul Arditti, illusions design by Jamie Harrison & Chris Fisher, video design 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, and Gary Beestone for Gary Beestone Associates is Technical Director. Stranger Things: The First Shadow is now booking to 25 August 2024. Book tickets to Stranger Things: The First Shadow at the Phoenix Theatre in London Photos: Stranger Things The First Shadow [ngg src="galleries" ids="1461" display="pro_blog_gallery"] Watch: Stranger Things The First Shadow - Behind the scenes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3obdFi0st5U
Photo: First look at Stranger Things: The First Shadow in the West End
A first-look photo has dropped for Stranger Things: The First Shadow, which has started previews at the Phoenix Theatre in London. The photo, taken by Manuel Harlan, shows Henry Creel, played by Louis McCartney (Game of Thrones), meeting the Demogorgon. Stranger Things: The First Shadow - First-look photo - Henry, meet Demogorgon. Photo by Manuel Harlan The show also stars Isabella Pappas (Finding Alice) as Joyce Maldonaldo; Oscar Lloyd (The 47th) as James Hopper Jnr; Christopher Buckley (David Copperfield) as Bob Newby; and Ella Karuna Williams (The Equalizer) as Patty Newby. Joining them are Shane Attwooll (Wonder Woman 1984) as Chief Hopper; Christopher Buckley (David Copperfield) as Bob Newby; Michael Jibson (The Essex Serpent; Hamilton) as Victor Creel; Patrick Vaill (Oklahoma!) as Dr Brenner; and Lauren Ward (Dear Evan Hansen) as Virginia Creel; alongside Kemi Awoderu (Sue Anderson), Chase Brown (Lonnie Byers), Ammar Duffus (Charles Sinclair), Gilles Geary (Ted Wheeler), Florence Guy (Karen Childress), Max Harwood (Allen Munson), Matthew Pidgeon (Father Newby), Calum Ross (Walter Henderson) and Maisie Norma Seaton (Claudia Henderson); and an ensemble and swings that include Tricia Adele-Turner, Lauren Arney, Reya-Nyomi Brown, Patricia Castro, Lydia Fraser, Isaac Gryn, Mark Hammersley, Tom Peters, Kingdom Sibanda, Tiana Simone, Danny Sykes and Meesha Turner. A video featurette was also recently revealed, including Stranger Things creators The Duffer Brothers, plus director Stephen Daldry, the cast and creatives of the new show, and West End and Broadway impresario Sonia Friedman (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Book of Mormon). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3obdFi0st5U The play is set in Hawkins, Indiana in 1959, and begins with a young Jim Hopper, played by Oscar Lloyd, whose car won’t start. Bob Newby's (Christopher Buckley) sister Patty refuses to take Jim's radio show seriously, and Joyce Maldonado just wants to graduate and get the hell out of town! But when new student Henry Creel arrives, Henry's family finds that a fresh start isn’t easy, and shadows of the past have a very long reach. Based on the Netflix series Stranger Things created by the Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things: The First Shadow is written by Kate Trefry (Netflix’s Stranger Things), and has an original story by the Duffer Brothers, award-winning writer Jack Thorne (The Motive and the Cue), and Kate Trefry. The show is co-directed by Stephen Daldry and co-director Justin Martin with set design by Miriam Buether, costume design by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, lighting design by Jon Clark, sound design by Paul Arditti, illusions design by Jamie Harrison & Chris Fisher, video design 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, and Gary Beestone for Gary Beestone Associates is Technical Director. Stranger Things: The First Shadow is now booking to 25 August 2024. Book tickets to Stranger Things: The First Shadow at the Phoenix Theatre in London
Watch: Stranger Things: The First Shadow behind-the-scenes featurette
Producers of Stranger Things: The First Shadow have released a brand new behind-the scenes video featurette, ahead of the show starting performances at the Phoenix Theatre on 17 November 2023. The featurette includes Stranger Things creators The Duffer Brothers, plus director Stephen Daldry, and the cast and creatives of the new show. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3obdFi0st5U The featurette has been released on "Stranger Things Day", which marks the day Will Byers in the TV show went missing – 6 November. In the featurette, playwright Kate Trefry teases that, “There are so many Easter eggs. It’s Easter morning.” and that “the main thrust of the story is Patty and her little, budding romance with Henry." Producer Sonia Friedman also confirms that the play is also “the origin story of how Henry Creel became Number One.” The play is set in Hawkins, Indiana in 1959, and begins with a young Jim Hopper, played by Oscar Lloyd, whose car won’t start. Bob Newby's (Christopher Buckley) sister Patty refuses to take Jim's radio show seriously, and Joyce Maldonado just wants to graduate and get the hell out of town! But when new student Henry Creel arrives, Henry's family finds that a fresh start isn’t easy, and shadows of the past have a very long reach. The cast features Louis McCartney (Game of Thrones) as Henry Creel; Isabella Pappas (Finding Alice) as Joyce Maldonaldo; Oscar Lloyd (The 47th) as James Hopper Jnr; Christopher Buckley (David Copperfield) as Bob Newby; and Ella Karuna Williams (The Equalizer) as Patty Newby. This Stranger Things stage spin-off also stars Shane Attwooll (Wonder Woman 1984) as Chief Hopper; Christopher Buckley (David Copperfield) as Bob Newby; Michael Jibson (The Essex Serpent; Hamilton) as Victor Creel; Patrick Vaill (Oklahoma!) as Dr Brenner; and Lauren Ward (Dear Evan Hansen) as Virginia Creel; alongside Kemi Awoderu (Sue Anderson), Chase Brown (Lonnie Byers), Ammar Duffus (Charles Sinclair), Gilles Geary (Ted Wheeler), Florence Guy (Karen Childress), Max Harwood (Allen Munson), Matthew Pidgeon (Father Newby), Calum Ross (Walter Henderson) and Maisie Norma Seaton (Claudia Henderson); and an ensemble and swings that include Tricia Adele-Turner, Lauren Arney, Reya-Nyomi Brown, Patricia Castro, Lydia Fraser, Isaac Gryn, Mark Hammersley, Tom Peters, Kingdom Sibanda, Tiana Simone, Danny Sykes and Meesha Turner. Based on the Netflix series Stranger Things created by the Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things: The First Shadow is written by Kate Trefry (Netflix’s Stranger Things), and has an original story by the Duffer Brothers, award-winning writer Jack Thorne (The Motive and the Cue), and Kate Trefry. The show is co-directed by Stephen Daldry and co-director Justin Martin with set design by Miriam Buether, costume design by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, lighting design by Jon Clark, sound design by Paul Arditti, illusions design by Jamie Harrison & Chris Fisher, video design 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, and Gary Beestone for Gary Beestone Associates is Technical Director. The hugely anticipated stage show, featuring an original new story that pre-dates the Netflix series by being set in Hawkins in 1959. Stranger Things: The First Shadow is playing at the Phoenix Theatre from 17 November 2023 to 25 August 2024, produced by West End and Broadway impresario Sonia Friedman (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Book of Mormon), alongside Daldry, the Duffer Brothers and 21 Laps. Book tickets to Stranger Things: The First Shadow at the Phoenix Theatre in London Also see: New rehearsal photos [ngg src="galleries" ids="1384" display="pro_tile"]
The Duffer Brothers attend Stranger Things: The First Shadow rehearsals – More photos released
More behind-the scenes photos have been released for rehearsal of Stranger Things: The First Shadow, the new stage prequel of the hit TV series which begins performances at the Phoenix Theatre next month. Ross and Matt Duffer, creators of the Netflix TV series appear to like what they see from the rehearsal. The hugely anticipated stage show, featuring an original new story that pre-dates the Netflix series by being set in Hawkins in 1959, starts its run at the Phoenix Theatre next month, on 17 November 2023. The cast features Louis McCartney (Game of Thrones) as Henry Creel; Isabella Pappas (Finding Alice) as Joyce Maldonaldo; Oscar Lloyd (The 47th) as James Hopper Jnr; Christopher Buckley (David Copperfield) as Bob Newby; and Ella Karuna Williams (The Equalizer) as Patty Newby. This Stranger Things stage spin-off also stars Shane Attwooll (Wonder Woman 1984) as Chief Hopper; Christopher Buckley (David Copperfield) as Bob Newby; Michael Jibson (The Essex Serpent; Hamilton) as Victor Creel; Patrick Vaill (Oklahoma!) as Dr Brenner; and Lauren Ward (Dear Evan Hansen) as Virginia Creel; alongside Kemi Awoderu (Sue Anderson), Chase Brown (Lonnie Byers), Ammar Duffus (Charles Sinclair), Gilles Geary (Ted Wheeler), Florence Guy (Karen Childress), Max Harwood (Allen Munson), Matthew Pidgeon (Father Newby), Calum Ross (Walter Henderson) and Maisie Norma Seaton (Claudia Henderson); and an ensemble and swings that include Tricia Adele-Turner, Lauren Arney, Reya-Nyomi Brown, Patricia Castro, Lydia Fraser, Isaac Gryn, Mark Hammersley, Tom Peters, Kingdom Sibanda, Tiana Simone, Danny Sykes and Meesha Turner. New rehearsal photos [ngg src="galleries" ids="1384" display="pro_tile"] Photos by Manuel Harlan and Craig Sugden Previously released rehearsal photos [ngg src="galleries" ids="1363" display="pro_horizontal_filmstrip"] Late last month the producers of the show also dropped a behind-the-scenes video of the cast promotional photoshoot for the new show, with interviews Louis McCartney, Isabella Pappas, Oscar Lloyd and Christopher Buckley and more. Based on the Netflix series Stranger Things created by the Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things: The First Shadow is written by Kate Trefry (Netflix’s Stranger Things), and has an original story by the Duffer Brothers, award-winning writer Jack Thorne (The Motive and the Cue), and Kate Trefry. The show is co-directed by Stephen Daldry and co-director Justin Martin with set design by Miriam Buether, costume design by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, lighting design by Jon Clark, sound design by Paul Arditti, illusions design by Jamie Harrison & Chris Fisher, video design 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, and Gary Beestone for Gary Beestone Associates is Technical Director. Stranger Things: The First Shadow is playing at the Phoenix Theatre from 17 November 2023 to 25 August 2024, produced by West End and Broadway impresario Sonia Friedman (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Book of Mormon), alongside Daldry, the Duffer Brothers and 21 Laps. Check out more photos of the cast here. Book tickets to Stranger Things: The First Shadow at the Phoenix Theatre in London
First-look Photos – Stranger Things: The First Shadow in rehearsals
Behind-the-scenes photos have been released of rehearsals for the forthcoming Stranger Things stage prequel Stranger Things: The First Shadow, coming to the West End's Phoenix Theatre in London. The hugely anticipated stage show, featuring an original new story that pre-dates the Netflix series by being set in Hawkins in 1959, starts its run at the Phoenix Theatre next month, on 17 November 2023. The first rehearsal images for the show, taken by Manuel Harlan, feature cast members including Louis McCartney (Game of Thrones) as Henry Creel; Isabella Pappas (Finding Alice) as Joyce Maldonaldo; Oscar Lloyd (The 47th) as James Hopper Jnr; Christopher Buckley (David Copperfield) as Bob Newby; and Ella Karuna Williams (The Equalizer) as Patty Newby. Also in shot is the director of Stranger Things: The First Shadow, Olivier, Tony, BAFTA and Emmy Award-winner Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot The Musical, The Crown). [ngg src="galleries" ids="1363" display="pro_blog_gallery"] This Stranger Things stage spin-off also stars Shane Attwooll (Wonder Woman 1984) as Chief Hopper; Christopher Buckley (David Copperfield) as Bob Newby; Michael Jibson (The Essex Serpent; Hamilton) as Victor Creel; Patrick Vaill (Oklahoma!) as Dr Brenner; and Lauren Ward (Dear Evan Hansen) as Virginia Creel; alongside Kemi Awoderu (Sue Anderson), Chase Brown (Lonnie Byers), Ammar Duffus (Charles Sinclair), Gilles Geary (Ted Wheeler), Florence Guy (Karen Childress), Max Harwood (Allen Munson), Matthew Pidgeon (Father Newby), Calum Ross (Walter Henderson) and Maisie Norma Seaton (Claudia Henderson); and an ensemble and swings that include Tricia Adele-Turner, Lauren Arney, Reya-Nyomi Brown, Patricia Castro, Lydia Fraser, Isaac Gryn, Mark Hammersley, Tom Peters, Kingdom Sibanda, Tiana Simone, Danny Sykes and Meesha Turner. Producer of the show Sonia Friedman told the LA Times today that, "We’re about to bring the actors, who’ve just been in this cocoon of a rehearsal room for seven weeks, into [the theater]. We’ve been making sure it can stand alone without the special effects, because it’s all about story. We are going to blow people’s minds. We are going to terrify with some of the most startling, extraordinary things with the physical production." Stranger Things: The First Shadow - First day of rehearsals [ngg src="galleries" ids="1364" display="pro_tile"] Creator of Stranger Things Matt Duff also tantalisingly says in the piece that writer Kate Trefry, who also writes on the TV show, "cross-cut scenes as she would in the show and wrote crazy visual effects sequences as she would in the show. She wasn’t limited by that because it then just presented a challenge for Stephen to solve, which is fun. The opening sequence of the play — I don’t think anyone even knew if it was possible. I’m still not sure how they’re doing it." Kate adds that "It’s scary like ‘Stranger Things’ is scary. There’s a little bit of like guts and gore, and then there’s also real trauma — people dealing with real stuff.” Late last month the producers of the show also dropped a behind-the-scenes video of the cast promotional photoshoot for the new show, with interviews Louis McCartney, Isabella Pappas, Oscar Lloyd and Christopher Buckley and more. Christopher teased in the video that, "I don't think audiences will be fully prepared for what this show is going to do. Like, there are these huge, amazing sequences being played out on stage that haven't been seen anywhere." Video: Meet The Cast https://youtu.be/tRXHRgIMnyg Based on the Netflix series Stranger Things created by the Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things: The First Shadow is written by Kate Trefry (Netflix’s Stranger Things), and has an original story by the Duffer Brothers, award-winning writer Jack Thorne (The Motive and the Cue), and Kate Trefry. Joining Stephen Daldry in the creative team are co-director Justin Martin, set design by Miriam Buether, costume design by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, lighting design by Jon Clark, sound design by Paul Arditti, illusions design by Jamie Harrison & Chris Fisher, video design 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, and Gary Beestone for Gary Beestone Associates is Technical Director. Stranger Things: The First Shadow - Casting 2023. Photo by Charlie Gray Stranger Things: The First Shadow is playing at the Phoenix Theatre from 17 November 2023 to 25 August 2024, produced by West End and Broadway impresario Sonia Friedman (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Book of Mormon), alongside Daldry, the Duffer Brothers and 21 Laps. The show is hotly tipped to transfer to Broadway. Check out more photos of the cast here. Book tickets to Stranger Things: The First Shadow at the Phoenix Theatre in London
Video: Meet the cast of Stranger Things: The First Shadow
Casting was announced last week for major new West End show Stranger Things: The First Shadow, coming to the Phoenix Theatre in London. The producers of the show also dropped a behind-the-scenes video at the cast photoshoot, including interviews with some of the main cast members. Interviews are with cast members including Louis McCartney, Isabella Pappas, Oscar Lloyd and Christopher Buckley. Christopher teased in the video that, "I don't think audiences will be fully prepared for what this show is going to do. Like, there are these huge, amazing sequences being played out on stage that haven't been seen anywhere." This Netflix Stranger Things stage spin-off will star Shane Attwooll (Wonder Woman 1984) as Chief Hopper; Christopher Buckley (David Copperfield) as Bob Newby; Michael Jibson (The Essex Serpent; Hamilton) as Victor Creel; Oscar Lloyd (The 47th) as James Hopper Jnr; Louis McCartney (Game of Thrones) as Henry Creel; Isabella Pappas (Finding Alice) as Joyce Maldonaldo; Patrick Vaill (Oklahoma!) as Dr Brenner; Lauren Ward (Dear Evan Hansen) as Virginia Creel; and Ella Karuna Williams (The Equalizer) as Patty Newby. The cast also includes Kemi Awoderu (Sue Anderson), Chase Brown (Lonnie Byers), Ammar Duffus (Charles Sinclair), Gilles Geary (Ted Wheeler), Florence Guy (Karen Childress), Max Harwood (Allen Munson), Matthew Pidgeon (Father Newby), Calum Ross (Walter Henderson) and Maisie Norma Seaton (Claudia Henderson). The ensemble and swings include Tricia Adele-Turner, Lauren Arney, Reya-Nyomi Brown, Patricia Castro, Lydia Fraser, Isaac Gryn, Mark Hammersley, Tom Peters, Kingdom Sibanda, Tiana Simone, Danny Sykes and Meesha Turner. https://youtu.be/tRXHRgIMnyg Based on the Netflix series Stranger Things created by the Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things: The First Shadow is directed by Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot The Musical, The Crown), written by Kate Trefry (Netflix’s Stranger Things), and has an original story by the Duffer Brothers, award-winning writer Jack Thorne (The Motive and the Cue), and Kate Trefry. Also in the creative team are co-director Justin Martin, set design by Miriam Buether, costume design by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, lighting design by Jon Clark, sound design by Paul Arditti, illusions design by Jamie Harrison & Chris Fisher, video design 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, and Gary Beestone for Gary Beestone Associates is Technical Director. Stranger Things: The First Shadow - Casting 2023. Photo by Charlie Gray This new stage adaptation was first announced a year ago, and the Stranger Things stage play will run in the West End from 17 November 2023 to 25 August 2024, produced by West End and Broadway impresario Sonia Friedman (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Book of Mormon), alongside Daldry, the Duffer Brothers and 21 Laps. Check out more photos of the cast here. Book tickets to Stranger Things: The First Shadow at the Phoenix Theatre in London
Stranger Things: The First Shadow full cast announced
Louis McCartney, Michael Jibson, Patrick Vaill, Lauren Ward amongst stars of the new show Producers of Stranger Things: The First Shadow - the new Netflix Stranger Things stage spin-off coming to the West End's Phoenix Theatre - have announced the full cast for the show. The show will star Shane Attwooll (Wonder Woman 1984) as Chief Hopper; Christopher Buckley (David Copperfield) as Bob Newby; Michael Jibson (The Essex Serpent; Hamilton) as Victor Creel; Oscar Lloyd (The 47th) as James Hopper Jnr; Louis McCartney (Game of Thrones) as Henry Creel; Isabella Pappas (Finding Alice) as Joyce Maldonaldo; Patrick Vaill (Oklahoma!) as Dr Brenner; Lauren Ward (Dear Evan Hansen) as Virginia Creel; and Ella Karuna Williams (The Equalizer) as Patty Newby. That means the show will feature 1959 versions of Henry Creel, Dr. Brenner, Joyce, Hop, Bob Newby, and more, with Chief James Hopper Jr., Joyce Maldonado and Bob Newby all classmates in this prequel to Stranger Things. Stranger Things - The First Shadow - Ella Karuna Williams & Louis McCartney. Photo by Manuel Harlan Stranger Things - The First Shadow - Michael Jibson, Louis McCartney, Lauren Ward. Photo by Manuel Harlan The cast also includes Kemi Awoderu (Sue Anderson), Chase Brown (Lonnie Byers), Ammar Duffus (Charles Sinclair), Gilles Geary (Ted Wheeler), Florence Guy (Karen Childress), Max Harwood (Allen Munson), Matthew Pidgeon (Father Newby), Calum Ross (Walter Henderson) and Maisie Norma Seaton (Claudia Henderson). The ensemble and swings include Tricia Adele-Turner, Lauren Arney, Reya-Nyomi Brown, Patricia Castro, Lydia Fraser, Isaac Gryn, Mark Hammersley, Tom Peters, Kingdom Sibanda, Tiana Simone, Danny Sykes and Meesha Turner. Stranger Things - The First Shadow - Louis McCartney & Patrick Vaill. Photo by Manuel Harlan Stranger Things - The First Shadow - Oscar Lloyd, Isabella Pappas, Christopher Buckley. Photo by Manuel Harlan Based on the Netflix series Stranger Things created by the Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things: The First Shadow is directed by Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot The Musical, The Crown), written by Kate Trefry (Netflix’s Stranger Things), and has an original story by the Duffer Brothers, award-winning writer Jack Thorne (The Motive and the Cue), and Kate Trefry. Also in the creative team are co-director Justin Martin, set design by Miriam Buether, costume design by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, lighting design by Jon Clark, sound design by Paul Arditti, illusions design by Jamie Harrison & Chris Fisher, video design 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, and Gary Beestone for Gary Beestone Associates is Technical Director. Stranger Things: The First Shadow - Casting 2023. Photo by Charlie Gray This gripping new stage adventure for the show promises to take audiences right back to the beginning of the Stranger Things story – and maybe even hold the key to the end… This new stage adaptation was first announced a year ago. The Stranger Things stage play is set to run in the West End from 17 November 2023 to 25 August 2024, produced by West End and Broadway impresario Sonia Friedman (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Book of Mormon), alongside Daldry, the Duffer Brothers and 21 Laps. Book tickets to Stranger Things: The First Shadow at the Phoenix Theatre in London
Stranger Things: The First Shadow drops new theatre trailer
A brand new trailer has been released for Stranger Things: The First Shadow, which is coming to the Phoenix Theatre in London this autumn 2023. The intriguing trailer includes footage from the original Netflix series, and the tag line "The beginning of the Stranger Things story might hold the key to what comes next". Based on the Netflix series Stranger Things created by the Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things: The First Shadow is directed by Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot The Musical, The Crown), written by Kate Trefry (Netflix’s Stranger Things), and has an original story by the Duffer Brothers, award-winning writer Jack Thorne (The Motive and the Cue), and Kate Trefry. The Stranger Things stage play is set to run in the West End from 17 November 2023 to 25 August 2024, produced by West End and Broadway impresario Sonia Friedman (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Book of Mormon), alongside Daldry, the Duffer Brothers and 21 Laps. https://youtu.be/xQR5NBBNki4 Also in the creative team are co-director Justin Martin, set design by Miriam Buether, costume design by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, lighting design by Jon Clark, sound design by Paul Arditti, illusions design by Jamie Harrison & Chris Fisher, video design 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, and Gary Beestone for Gary Beestone Associates is Technical Director. This gripping new stage adventure for the show promises to take audiences right back to the beginning of the Stranger Things story – and maybe even hold the key to the end… This new stage adaptation was first announced a year ago. No casting has yet been revealed for the show. Book tickets to Stranger Things: The First Shadow at the Phoenix Theatre in London
Stranger Things: The First Shadow at the West End’s Phoenix Theatre – Tickets selling fast
Tickets are selling fast to see Stranger Things: The First Shadow - which is coming to London's Phoenix Theatre in November 2023. Tickets for this gripping new play are selling out, so secure yours now before they're gone - best availability from December. Tickets can be booked here. Get ready to journey into the supernatural world of Stranger Things: The First Shadow - with this gripping new adventure taking you right back to the beginning of the Stranger Things story – and maybe even holding the key to the end… Stranger Things: The First Shadow is brought to life by a multi award-winning creative team, including director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot The Musical, Netflix's The Crown), and writer Kate Trefry (Netflix's Stranger Things), who take theatrical storytelling and stagecraft to a whole new dimension. BEFORE THE WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN…​ 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. The play runs at the Phoenix Theatre in London from 17 November 2023 to 25 August 2024. Stranger Things: The First Shadow has an original story by the Duffer Brothers, Jack Thorne & Kate Trefry, and is based on the Netflix Series, 'Stranger Things', created by the Duffer Brothers. Also in the creative team are co-director Justin Martin, set design by Miriam Buether, costume design by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, lighting design by Jon Clark, sound design by Paul Arditti, illusions design by Jamie Harrison & Chris Fisher, video design 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, and Gary Beestone for Gary Beestone Associates is Technical Director. The Stranger Things stage show is produced by West End and Broadway impresario Sonia Friedman (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Book of Mormon), alongside Daldry, and the TV show's creators - the Duffer Brothers, plus the Stranger Things TV show's producers 21 Laps will associate produce. Book tickets to Stranger Things: The First Shadow at the Phoenix Theatre in London
Stranger Things: The First Shadow set for the West End’s Phoenix Theatre
Netflix and Sonia Friedman Productions have announced further details of the new Stranger Things stage show coming to the Phoenix Theatre in London. Stranger Things: The First Shadow will open in London's West End in 2023. Based on an original story by the Duffer Brothers, Jack Thorne and Kate Trefry, Stranger Things: The First Shadow, a new play written by Kate Trefry, will receive its world premiere in late 2023 at the Phoenix Theatre in London's West End, directed by Stephen Daldry with co-direction by Justin Martin. Produced by Netflix and Sonia Friedman Productions, the play will go on sale this spring, details of which will be announced later this month. The Duffer Brothers act as creative producers, with 21 Laps as associate producer. The show is to be directed by Olivier and Tony Award winner Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot The Musical, Netflix's The Crown, An Inspector Calls), and written by Kate Trefry, who has written for the Stranger Things TV show. The stage play is set within the mythology and world of Stranger Things. The show’s synopsis is: 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. Audiences are promised that “this gripping new adventure will take you right back to the beginning of the Stranger Things story – and may hold the key to the end.” The Stranger Things stage show will be produced by West End and Broadway impresario Sonia Friedman (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Book of Mormon, Funny Girl, Merrily We Roll Along). Also producing will be Daldry, and the TV show's creators - the Duffer Brothers, plus the Stranger Things TV show's producers 21 Laps will associate produce. This new stage adaptation of the hit Netflix TV series was first announced last July, and subsequent casting rumours have been circulating for some time, including a casting search for George Smith and Betty Olsen, who are both 14 years old. Director of Stranger Things: The First Shadow - Stephen Daldry - started his career at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre and has directed extensively in London, the UK's regional theatres and around the world. In London he was Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre. His 1992 National Theatre production of An Inspector Calls was an enormous hit, playing the National, London, Broadway and multiple productions around the world; as was his multi-award winning production of Billy Elliot the Musical, adapted from his movie, which won ten Tony awards in 2009 including Best Musical. His film work includes Billy Elliot, The Hours, The Reader and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close; and TV includes the smash-hit Netflix series The Crown. Joining Stephen Daldry in the creative team is co-director Justin Martin, set design by Miriam Buether, costume design by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, lighting design by Jon Clark, sound design by Paul Arditti, illusions design by Jamie Harrison & Chris Fisher, video design 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 is Technical Director, with further creative team members to be announced. No casting has yet been revealed for the show. More about Stranger Things: The First Shadow in London The Quotes Matt and Ross Duffer said: “We are beyond excited about Stranger Things: The First Shadow. 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!” Sonia Friedman said: “The world and mythology of Stranger Things has enabled a rich and fertile ground for creating an incredible story for the stage. The Duffer Brothers have built a huge global following for good reason, and a world-class creative team has built on their boundless imagination to dream up an unbelievably exciting theatrical event for our audiences. Set within the canon of Stranger Things, this new play opens in London, with the West End hosting the only place in the world to experience this new story – for now. I’m thrilled to reunite with my visionary long-term collaborator Stephen Daldry. Together, with our brilliant Netflix partners, we can’t wait to welcome Stranger Things fans into theatre, and theatregoers into the realm of Stranger Things.” Greg Lombardo, VP Live Experiences for Netflix said, “Stranger Things has captured the imagination of fans around the world and we are incredibly thrilled to expand this exciting universe with Netflix’s first live stage production. With the creative talents of Matt and Ross Duffer combined with Sonia Friedman and Stephen Daldry, theatregoers will be swept up in a truly epic event worthy of Stranger Things.”
Stranger Things On Stage teaser video released
The producers of the new Stranger Things stage play have dropped a teaser video - and we are intrigued! News came out last July that Netflix and the Stranger Things creators Matt & Ross Duffer - the Duffer Brothers - had decided to create a new spin-off stage play. The Duffers had already set up a new production company, Upside Down Pictures, to produce new work and Stranger Things spin-offs, and lots of other TV-adjacent projects are said to be in the works. A stage play makes perfect sense, especially if you look at the huge success of the Harry Potter stage spin-off Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. And so, it's no accident that the stage producer Netflix and the Duffers have turned to to realise their West End (and presumably Broadway) dreams, is Sonia Friedman Productions, who produces Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, alongside a whole host of other shows in London and New York. 21 Laps - the actual producers of the Stranger Things TV show - are also producers on the stage show. The director will be none other than Netflix favourite Stephen Daldry, who neatly straddles the worlds of TV (The Crown) and stage (Billy Elliot The Musical). Kate Trefry, who has written on the Stranger Things TV show, is set to write the stage version, which is going to be firmly set within the mythology and world of the TV show. The teaser video is suitably teasing, showing a red mansion house, with a light on in the upstairs window, and a LIVE ON STAGE strapline. The Coming Soon graphic reveals a white 100 before morphing into the red COMING SOON. What does it all mean?! Casting rumours for the new show have been circulating for some time, including a casting search for George Smith and Betty Olsen, who are both 14 years old. But no other details have yet been released about the story or characters. Other new Duffer Brothers projects through their Upside Down Pictures, run by former BBC America exec Hilary Leavitt, include a live action series adapted from Japanese manga and anime series Death Note; and a new TV show built around Stephen King and Peter Straub‘s 80's novel The Talisman, which the Duffers will produce with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment and Paramount Television. Netflix's TV show Stranger Things is a massive hit around the world, and Season 5 started shooting in August 2022. More about Stranger Things The Show in London
Stage Spy: Is the Stranger Things stage show casting?
Entertainment site Collider (see link below) is reporting that the producers of the upcoming Stranger Things stage show may be casting. A casting breakdown is rumoured to have gone out to casting directors in the UK and the US for two of the new characters for the stage show. Last July, Netflix and the producers of the new stage show put out news about the project. The show is to be directed by Olivier and Tony Award winner Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot The Musical, Netflix's The Crown, An Inspector Calls), and produced by West End and Broadway impresario Sonia Friedman (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Book of Mormon, Funny Girl, Merrily We Roll Along). Also producing will be Daldry, Netflix, plus the TV show's creators - the Duffer Brothers - and their 21 Laps production outfit will associate produce. The play (or show!) will be written by Kate Trefry, who has written for the Stranger Things TV show, and it will be set within the mythology and world of Stranger Things. The casting breakdown is rumoured to include information on two characters - George Smith and Betty Olsen, who are both 14 years old. George Smith is described as a “moody and pale outcast", and Betty Olsen is "the daughter of a preacher and a goody two-shoes, who can’t believe she’s falling for the school’s outcast." We haven't been able to independently verify any of this - so it remains firmly in the "Stage Spy" camp! But we have everything crossed that the stage show is progressing - as we can't wait to see the Stranger Things universe expanded to include the West End stage. More about Stranger Things The Show in London
Stranger Things stage play to be directed by Stephen Daldy
A brand new stage play based on Netflix hit series Stranger Things is coming to the theatre soon - and hopefully a London theatre! The signs are good as London-based mega-producer Sonia Friedman (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, To Kill a Mockingbird) is behind the Stranger Things theatre project, alongside Netflix and US film and TV producer 21 Laps. The new Stranger Things stage play is to be directed by The Crown and Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry, and will be set within the mythology and world of Stranger Things. Kate Trefry, who has written on the Stranger Things TV show, is set to write the stage version. There's no word yet on when and where Stranger Things The Play will open, or who will star in the cast of the stage show. The announcement comes on the back of Stranger Things creators Matt & Ross Duffer - the Duffer Brothers - forging a big new partnership with Netflix, which includes creating a new production company with them called Upside Down Pictures, run by former BBC America exec Hilary Leavitt Other new projects include a live action series adapted from Japanese manga and anime series Death Note; and a new TV show built around Stephen King and Peter Straub‘s 80's novel The Talisman, which the Duffers will produce with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment and Paramount Television. Stranger Things is hugely popular around the world and an important show for Netflix. It has topped Netflix's most popular English language title with 1.15 billion hours viewed in its first 28 days of the Season 4 launch. Season 5 of Stranger Things - the final series - starts shooting in August 2022. Director of Stranger Things The Play - Stephen Daldry - started his career at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre and has directed extensively in London, the UK's regional theatres and around the world. In London he was Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre. His 1992 National Theatre production of An Inspector Calls was an enormous hit, playing the National, London, Broadway and multiple productions around the world; as was his multi-award winning production of Billy Elliot the Musical, adapted from his movie, which won ten Tony awards in 2009 including Best Musical. His film work includes Billy Elliot, The Hours, The Reader and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close; and TV includes the smash-hit Netflix series The Crown. One of the stars of Stranger Things, David Harbour, is currently starring on the London stage in Theresa Rebeck's play Mad House at the Ambassadors Theatre. More about Stranger Things The Show in London

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