‘Stranger Things: The First Shadow’ Extends Its Supernatural Stay on West End

Heads up, ‘Stranger Things’ fans! The Phoenix Theatre’s hit, ‘Stranger Things: The First Shadow,’ just announced they’re sticking around the West End until the end of the year. If you thought the TV show was a wild ride, wait until you see what they’ve cooked up on stage. We’re throwing it back to 1959, long before the Demogorgon started causing chaos in Hawkins. This time, get ready to meet a young Jim Hopper, Joyce Maldonado, Bob Newby, and Henry Creel – yep, the characters we’ve grown to love (and fear), only this time they’re navigating the spookiness of the ’50s.

Crafted by the genius minds of the Duffer Brothers, Jack Thorne, and Kate Trefry, with Trefry taking on the writing duties, this prequel is a visual feast that’s got everyone talking. Directed by Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin, it’s snagged rave reviews and even WhatsOnStage is calling it a ‘major visual spectacle.’

The cast is a lineup of talent you won’t want to miss, featuring Shane Attwooll stepping into Chief Hopper’s shoes and a bunch of other talented actors bringing familiar characters to life. And the accolades? Louis McCartney’s professional debut as Henry Creel got him a WhatsOnStage Awards nod, with the play sweeping up awards left, right, and center, including Best New Play.

Beyond the cast, the production’s got some serious behind-the-scenes magic, from stunning scenic designs to chilling sound effects and mind-bending illusions. It’s a team effort that’s brought this slice of Hawkins to life in a way you’ve never seen before.

So, if you’re itching for a trip to the ’50s Hawkins with a side of supernatural mystery, ‘Stranger Things: The First Shadow’ is your ticket. With the show now booking through December 15, you’ve got no excuse to miss out. Grab your tickets and get ready for a night at the theatre that promises all the thrills and chills of the beloved series, with a nostalgic twist.

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