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World Premiere of Stranger Things: The First Shadow is coming to London’s West End in 2023

The world of the Upside Down just keeps getting bigger!

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. And get priority access to tickets if you register now (as we went live):

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.

Brought to life by a multi-award-winning creative team, who take theatrical storytelling and stagecraft  to a whole new dimension, 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.

This new play by Kate Trefry, a writer and co-executive producer for the TV series of Stranger Things, will be rooted in the mythology and world of the Netflix global phenomenon, I’m intrigued for sure and (as so many of us) trust in the process with this team!

Matt and Ross Duffer had this to say: 

“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 added: 

“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.”

Obviously there’s a lot more to be announced, including the cast, but for now grab those tickets and we’ll be definitely intrigued to see what they come up with!


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