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Stranger Things - The First Shadow

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Winner of two Olivier Awards including Best New Entertainment or Comedy Play and Best Set Design! The West End is being turned upside down due to this exciting new addition to the Duffer Brother's Stranger Things universe! Taking us back to the town of Hawkins in 1959, this new story by Kate Trefry, the Duffer Brothers, and playwright of the moment, Jack Thorne, features some of the Netflix show's favourite characters, including a young Jim Hopper, Joyce Maldonado and Bob Newbie as they grapple with the first shadows of danger in the sleepy small town. 

With an award-winning creative team (including Jamie Harrison and Chris Fisher the wizards behind the incredible stagecraft over at Harry Potter and The Cursed Child), expect breathtaking special effects that push the limits of possibility when you enter this brand-new addition to the Stranger Things dimension!

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Previews from: 17 November 2023

Opening night: 17 November 2023

Cast and Creative


Shane Attwooll as Chief Hopper
Kemi Awoderu as Sue Anderson
Chase Brown as Lonnie Byers
Christopher Buckley as Bob Newby
Ammar Duffus as Charles Sinclair
Gilles Geary as Ted Wheeler
Florence Guy as Karen Childress
Max Harwood as Alan Munson
Michael Jibson as Victor Creel
Oscar Llyod as James Hopper Jr
Louis McCartney as Henry Creel
Isabella Pappas as Joyce Maldonado
Matthew Pidgeon as Principle Newby
Calum Ross as Walter Henderson
Maisie Norma Seaton as Claudia Yount
Partrick Vaill as Dr Brenner
Alex Young as Virginia Creel
Ella Karuna Williams as Patty Newby 

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.


Story by The Duffer Brothers, Kate Trefry and Jack Thorne
Directed by Stephen Daldry
Co-directed by Justin Martin
Set design by Miriam Buether
Costume design by Brigitte Reiffenstuel
Lighting design by Jon Clark
Sound design by Paul Arditti
Illusions design and visual effects by Jamie Harrison and Chris Fisher
Video design and visual effects by 59 Productions
Original music and arrangements by D.J. Walde
Choreography by Coral Messam
Movement direction by Lynne Page
Wigs, hair and make-up design by Campbell Young Associates
Technical direction by Gary Beestone
Props supervision by Mary Halliday
Dialect by William Conacher
Fight direction by Kev McCurdy
Casting by Jessica Ronane


Olivier Award - 2024

Best New Entertainment or Comedy Play
Best Set Design - Miriam Buether and 59 Productions

Olivier Award Nominations - 2024

Best New Entertainment or Comedy Play
Best Director - Stephen Daldry
Best Sound Design - Paul Arditti 
Best Set Design - Miriam Buether and 59 Productions
Best Lighting Design - Jon Clark 

What we thought

insane Exhilarating HEART-WRENCHING

As someone not typically a fan of thrillers or sci-fi, I thoroughly enjoyed it, even if I had to close my eyes occasionally.

"Stranger Things - The First Shadow" received high praise and excitement upon its opening at the Phoenix Theatre. As expected, the show quickly became a must-see, especially for fans of the hit Netflix series.

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Saadiqah Gardner

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17 reviews, average rating: (4.7 Stars)

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Rachael : “Amazing ”

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