Stranger Things: The First Shadow

Stranger Things: The First Shadow First Look, Act 1 Chapter Title Revealed

Netflix has unveiled the first look at Stranger Things: The First Shadow.

Stranger Things: The First Shadow is an original stage play that serves as a prequel to Netflix’s hit Stranger Things series. Along with the first look photo, Netflix has revealed the first act chapter title for the upcoming play: Chapter One: The Girl From Nowhere.

Check out the Stranger Things: The First Shadow photo below:

Stranger Things: The First Shadow
Louis McCartney (Henry Creel), Phoenix Theatre – photo by Manuel Harlan

What is Stranger Things: The First Shadow about?

“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,” the synopsis reads. “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.”

Directed by Stephen Daldry and co-director Justin Martin, Stranger Things: The First Shadow is based on an original story by the Duffer Brothers, Jack Thorne, and Kate Trefry, with Trefry writing the stage play. The Duffer Brothers, who created Netflix’s Stranger Things, also act as creative producers, while 21 Laps Entertainment is an associate producer.

Oscar Lloyd plays Jim Hopper in Stranger Things: The First Shadow, while Isabella Pappas plays Joyce, Chris Buckley plays Bob, Louis McCartney plays Henry Creel, Patrick Vail plays Dr. Brenner, Max Harwood plays Alan Munson, and Ella Karuna Williams plays Patty Newby.

Stranger Things: The First Shadow’s set design comes from Miriam Buether. Costume design is by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, lighting design by Jon Clark, sound design by Paul Arditti, original music by D.J. Walde, illusions and visual effects design by Jamie Harrison and Chris Fisher, video and visual effects design by 59 Productions, choreography by Coral Messam, movement direction by Lynne Page, wigs, hair, and make-up design by Campbell Young Associates, and dialect by William Conacher. 

Gary Beestone serves as technical director, while props supervision is done by Mary Halliday and fight direction by Kev McCurdy.

Stranger Things: The First Shadow opens on December 14, 2023, at the Phoenix Theatre in London’s West End. Click here for ticket information.