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Stranger Things: The First Shadow

Phoenix Theatre, London


Hawkins, 1959. Before the world turned upside down…

Now open at the West End’s Phoenix Theatre. Directed by Stephen Daldry and co-directed by Justin Martin, Stranger Things: The First Shadow is a play written by Kate Trefry from an original story by the Duffer Brothers, Jack Thorne and Trefry. The story serves as a prequel to the events of the television series Stranger Things.

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.

Opened 17th November 2023

Phoenix Theatre, London

This origin story has all the dark mystery of the Duffer Brothers’ Netflix series and delivers one coup de theatre after another
The West End event of the year
A new chapter in Theatre. It’s out of this world.
Stranger Things the play is a mega five-star hit
Mesmerising Theatricality


Writer and Original Story
Kate Trefry

Original Story and Creative Producers
The Duffer Brothers

Original Story
Jack Thorne

Stephen Daldry

Justin Martin


Sound Designer
Paul Arditti

Costume Designer
Brigitte Reiffenstuel

Lighting Designer
Jon Clark

Sound Designer
Paul Arditti

Illusions Designer and Visual Effects
Jamie Harrison
Chris Fisher

Sonia Friedman Productions

Video Designer and Visual Effects
59 Productions

Movement Director
Coral Messam

Wigs, Hair and Makeup Designer
Campbell Young Associates

Casting Director
Charlotte Sutton CDG

International Casting Consultant
Jim Carnahan

Associate Producer
Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen for 21 Laps

59 Team

Project Director
Leo Warner

Associate Project Director
Benjamin Pearcy

Lead Video Designer
Tom Wexler

Video Designer
Matt Taylor

Teya Lanzon

Jason Devine
Emily Howells
Jarek Radecki
Nicol Scott
Edd Stockton
Laurent de Vleeshouwer
Lawrence Watson

Video Programmer
Liam Daly

Video System Design
Richard Wells

Senior Video Engineers
Alex Ramsden

Technical Design Assistant
Sarah Hazelgrove