Jul 5, 2023

‘Stranger Things: The First Shadow’ Reveals Teaser For New Stage Play That Hints At “What Comes Next”

The upcoming Stranger Things stage adaptation The First Shadow is piquing fans curiosity across the globe after the first teaser trailer for the stage show dropped.

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Stranger Things: The First Shadow teaser doesn’t give away much by way of plot details, but it does an excellent job of stoking curiosity. The teaser shows some clips of the TV series’ early episodes before we watch the screen shatter and a mysterious red, glowing orb appears on the stage of an otherwise empty theater. Then, slowly appearing, are the words: “The beginning of the Stranger Things Story Might Hold The Key To What Comes Next”.

The First Shadow, will begin performances Nov. 17 at London’s Phoenix Theatre, and judging by the Phoenix’s ticket site, performances are already sold out through mid-December. Based on an original story by series creators Matt and Ross Duffer, as well as Jack Thorne and Kate Trefry, The First Shadow will be directed by Stephen Daldry with co-director Justin Martin.

The events of the play are set about 25 years before the Netflix series events. Here’s how the Phoenix Theatre’s website describes the play:

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.

As far as casting and additional creative team members go, that will be announced later. Plans beyond the London show have not been disclosed, so Broadway-goers will have to make due, for the time being, with the trailer below. (starts making plans to visit London)