The West End will soon host a production of a Stranger Things-based play. The Duffer Brothers first revealed Stranger Things: The First Shadow in July 2022, but information has been kept under wraps since then. The play’s teaser and description, which offer an intriguing perspective on Hawkins’ history and the beginnings of some well-known characters, have been made public. The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that the London Phoenix Theatre will host the world premiere of Stranger Things: The First Shadow later this year. The play will be led by Stephen Daldry, who also worked on episodes of The Crown and Billy Elliot. Kate Trefry will serve as a writer and producer for the Netflix series.
The year 1959 marks the beginning of a shadow’s descent upon the town of Hawkins in The First Shadow. Henry Creel, the young child who would eventually grow up to become the extraterrestrial monster Vecna, moves his family to the sleepy Indiana town of Hawkins in search of a new beginning. Several notable characters from the show will also be depicted in younger iterations, such as Jim Hopper (whose car won’t start), Joyce Maldonado (who is hoping to graduate and leave town; good luck with that, again), and Bob Newby (whose sister won’t take his radio show seriously).
Netflix’s “Stranger Things” features a star-studded cast: Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Noah Schnapp, Caleb Mclaughlin, Sadie Sink, Gaten Matarazzo, Priah Ferguson, Joe Keery, Natalia Dyer Maya Hawke, Joseph Quinn, Charlie Heaton, Jamie Campbell Bower, and more. While most of the show’s prominent characters won’t be included in the prequel because they haven’t been born yet, the play will see the return of beloved players, including Hopper, Joyce, and Bob.
Visitors are transported back to Hawkins in the 1980s, where they are invited to interact with the sets and actors before ultimately becoming the stars of their tale. There will be a new way to watch Stranger Things: The First Shadow and enjoy the stories of Hawkins, Indiana.
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