‘Stranger Things’ play to open in the West End in 2023

‘Stranger: Things: The First Shadow’ will play at the Phoenix Theatre. The story follows Jim Hopper, Joyce Maldonado, and Henry Creel in 1950s Indiana.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

The West End is now home to the Upside Down, as a new Stranger Things play will open in London. Stranger Things: The First Shadow will open at the Phoenix Theatre in late 2023, with details on casting, performance dates, and tickets to be announced at a later date.

Kate Trefry, Stranger Things writer, wrtites the play, based on an original story by the Duffer Brothers, Jack Thorne, and Trefry.

Press material states about the show: Hawkins, 1959: a regular town with regular worries. Young Jim Hopper’s car won’t start, Bob Newby’s sister won’t take his radio show seriously and Joyce Maldonado just wants to graduate and get the hell out of town. When new student Henry Creel arrives, his family finds that a fresh start isn’t so easy… and the shadows of the past have a very long reach.

“We are beyond excited about Stranger Things: The First Shadow. Collaborating with the brilliant Stephen Daldry has been nothing short of inspiring, and Kate Trefry has written a play that is at turns surprising, scary, and heartfelt.

We’re dying to tell you more about the story but won't - it’s more fun to discover it for yourself. Can’t wait to see you nerds in London!,” said Matt and Ross Duffer.

Casting for Stranger Things: The First Shadow will be revealed at a later date. Find out more about Stranger Things actors in West End shows.

Stephen Daldry directs, with co-direction by Justin Martin, set design by Miriam Buether, costume design by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, lighting design by Jon Clark, and sound design by Paul Arditti.

What is Stranger Things?

Stranger Things is a sci-fi television series that follows teenagers in Hawkins, Indiana, as they encounter other-worldly creatures. The Stranger Things television series has won over 70 awards worldwide, and tops the Netflix Most Popular English TV list, with over 1.35 billion hours viewed.

Stranger Things: The First Shadow is at the Phoenix Theatre.

Photo credit: Strang er Things: The First Shadow artwork (Photo courtesy of production)

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