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Video Watch: Step Into the World of Stranger Things: The First Shadow in London's West End

Patrick Vaill, Lauren Ward, and more are starring in the new stage play based on the Netflix series.

A new trailer is offering a good look at Stranger Things: The First Shadow in London's West End, currently making its world premiere at the Phoenix Theatre. Based on the Netflix series, the stage play opened December 14, 2023. The work is written by Kate Trefry and co-directed by Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin.

Watch the production's new trailer above.

The play explores when Henry Creel first moves into Hawkings, Indiana, in 1959. It follows how Henry became the eventual ruler of the Upside Down. It also features high school versions of Stranger Things characters Jim Hopper, Bob Newby, and Joyce Maldonado.

Broadway vets Patrick Vaill (Oklahoma!) and Lauren Ward (Matilda The Musical) star as Dr. Brenner and Virginia Creel, respectively, alongside Ella Karuna Williams as Patty Newby, Louis McCartney as Henry Creel, Oscar Lloyd as James Hopper, Jr., Isabella Pappas as Joyce Maldonado, Christopher Buckley as Bob Newby, Michael Jibson as Victor Creel, Shane Attwooll as Chief Hopper, Kemi Awoderu as Sue Anderson, Chase Brown as Lonnie Byers, Ammar Duffus as Charles Sinclair, Gilles Geary as Ted Wheeler, Florence Guy as Karen Childress, Max Harwood as Allen Munson, Matthew Pidgeon as Father Newby, Calum Ross as Walter Henderson, and Maisie Norma Seaton as Claudia Henderson.

Rounding out the company are 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.

The play is not the first time the Netflix series has come to the stage, though it is the first official stage adaptation. Stranger Sings! The Parody Musical played Off-Broadway earlier this year and even streamed a performance after premiering with a 2018 concert at 54 Below.

The production features set design by Miriam Buether, costume design by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, lighting design by Jon Clark, sound design by Paul Arditti, illusion design 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, and technical direction by Gary Beestone for Gary Beestone Associates. Casting is by Jessica Ronane Casting with additional casting by Charlotte Sutton and international casting consultancy by Jim Carnahan.

Netflix is co-producing with Sonia Friedman Productions (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), with the Duffer Brothers serving as creative producers. 21 Laps is associate producer.


Photos: Stranger Things: The First Shadow In The West End

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