A fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse has been unveiled for the stage production of Stranger Things: The First Shadow, a gripping prequel to the beloved Netflix series. Transporting audiences back to Hawkins in 1959, well before the supernatural chaos ensued, this theatrical spectacle promises to explore the roots of the eerie mysteries that turned the world upside down.
The ensemble cast boasts an array of talented performers, with Louis McCartney leading as Henry Creel, Ella Karuna Williams as Patty Newby, Patrick Vaill as the enigmatic Dr. Brenner, and Oscar Lloyd stepping into the shoes of Jim Hopper, Jr. Isabella Pappas takes on the role of Joyce Maldonado, the character known by her maiden name before becoming Joyce Byers, while Christopher Buckley embodies the character Bob Newby.
The cast further expands to include Michael Jibson, Lauren Ward, Shane Attwooll, Kemi Awoderu, Chase Brown, Ammar Duffus, Gilles Geary, Florence Guy, Max Harwood, Matthew Pidgeon, Calum Ross, and Maisie Norma Seaton, among others. This stellar lineup ensures a captivating and immersive experience for theatergoers.
With an original narrative crafted by the masterminds behind Stranger Things, The Duffer Brothers, in collaboration with Jack Thorne and Kate Trefry, The First Shadow is under the direction of the acclaimed Stephen Daldry. Set to grace the Phoenix Theatre in London’s West End, the play is slated for its world premiere on December 14, following previews commencing on November 17.
The official plot synopsis provides a tantalizing glimpse into the storyline: Hawkins, 1959—a seemingly ordinary town grappling with typical concerns. From Jim Hopper’s car troubles to Bob Newby’s struggle for radio show recognition and Joyce Maldonado’s earnest desire to graduate and escape town, life appears normal. However, the arrival of new student Henry Creel unravels the illusion of a fresh start, as the shadows of the past cast a foreboding presence. Crafted by an award-winning creative team, this enthralling journey transports audiences to the genesis of the Stranger Things narrative, potentially holding the key to its mysterious conclusion.
As anticipation builds, fans and theater enthusiasts alike can catch a sneak peek behind the curtain in the accompanying video, offering a tantalizing taste of the magic that awaits within the confines of the Phoenix Theatre. Get ready for a spellbinding journey into the heart of Hawkins’ secrets!