“Stranger Things: The First Shadow” – Preview Video for Prequel Stage Play Heads Back to Hawkins in 1959


Netflix is kicking off “Stranger Things Day” this morning with a first look at “Stranger Things: The First Shadow,” a live stage play that’s headed to London later this month.

“Stranger Things: The First Shadow” is said to be a “new story live on stage,” and it’s set in Hawkins, 1959. “The First Shadow” takes place “before the world turned upside down.”

The World Premiere takes the stage December 14 at the Phoenix Theatre on London’s West End, with previews beginning November 17. Go behind the scenes in the video below!

The cast includes Louis McCartney (Silent RoarHope StreetGame of Thrones) as Henry Creel, Ella Karuna Williams (The Equalizer) as Patty Newby and Patrick Vaill (Oklahoma!MacbethDash & Lily) as Dr. Brenner.

Oscar Lloyd (The 47thHotel Portofino4 O’Clock Club) takes on the role as Jim Hopper, Jr., Isabella Pappas (Finding AliceThe Villains of Valley ViewThe Nether) is Joyce Maldonado (Joyce Byers’ maiden name) and Christopher Buckley (David CopperfieldOrphansStig of the Dump) plays Bob Newby.

Then there’s Michael Jibson (BodiesThe Essex SerpentHamilton) as Victor Creel and Lauren Ward (Dear Evan HansenMatilda the MusicalCaroline, or Change) as Virginia Creel, Shane Attwooll (Wonder Woman 1984LegendThe Last Days of Judas Iscariot) as Chief Hopper, Kemi Awoderu as Sue Anderson (Sue Sinclair’s maiden name), and Chase Brown as Lonnie Byers. Ammar Duffus plays Charles Sinclair, while Gilles Geary is Ted Wheeler and Florence Guy is Karen Childress (Karen Wheeler’s maiden name). Max Harwood plays Allen Munson, Matthew Pidgeon is Father Newby, Calum Ross is Walter Henderson, and Maisie Norma Seaton takes on the role of Claudia Henderson.

Tricia Adele-Turner, Lauren Arney, Reya-Nyomi Brown, Patricia Castro, Lydia Fraser, Isaac Gryn, Mark Hammersley, Tom Peters, Kingdom Sibanda, Tiana Simone, Danny Sykes and Meesha Turner are featured as well.

Featuring an original story from “Stranger Things” creators The Duffer Brothers, alongside Jack Thorne and Kate Trefry, “Stranger Things: The First Shadow” will be directed by Stephen Daldry, and the live stage show is headed to the Phoenix Theatre in London.

Here’s the official plot synopsis…

“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.”

Learn more on the upcoming stage play’s official website.

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