The reviews are in for Stranger Things: The First Shadow!

See what the critics had to say about the production

Finally, after months of anticipation, Stranger Things: The First Shadow had its glitzy premiere last night at its Phoenix Theatre home. A brand new tale in the Stranger Things universe, The First Shadow takes us back to the town of Hawkins, Indiana in the late 1950s, where fan favoruite characters Jim Hopper, Joyce Maldonado and Bob Newbie grapple with the first stirrings of danger in the unusual small town.

Directed by Stephen Daldry with co-direction from Justin Martin and written by Jack Thorne, the special effects come from Thorne's Harry Potter and the Cursed Child colleagues Jamie Harrison and Chris Fisher.

See below to see what the critics had to say!

"The First Shadow manages to capture the hectic, adolescent energy of the TV show at its best but does balance that with more reflective moments." - BBC

"capture the hectic, adolescent energy of the TV show"

"Sci-fi enthusiasts and thrillseekers will certainly find the adrenaline-pumping highs they're hunting for this is about as close to a rollercoaster experience as the West End can provide." - WhatsOnStage

"The story comes in bits but the show makes you feel everything is in its rightful place, leading inexorably into the truth behind the darkness." - Variety

"the show makes you feel everything is in its rightful place"

"It's a massive all-out event designed to delight fans of the award-winning Netflix series with explosions, thrills and jump scares galore" - US Times Post

"This is breathtaking theatre with its own arresting imagination." The Guardian

"breathtaking theatre"

"a spectacular, multimedia prequel, full of enough thrills, scares and knowing nods to please fans and the uninitiated in equal measure." - The Standard

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