Stranger Things stage show arriving this summer in London’s West End

Stranger Things is making its way to London with the announcement of a new show that will hit the West End later this year.

The hit Netflix series may be gearing up for its final season, however the adventures of the residents of Hawkins doesn’t appear to be slowing down.

As the Upside Down looks set to wreak havoc on screen, the stage show will be a prequel to the events of the TV series, which was first set in 1983.

Stranger Things: The First Shadow set for the West End’s Phoenix Theatre

Titled Stranger Things: The First Shadow, the show was written by Kate Trefry, a writer and co-executive producer on the series, from an original story by Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer, Jack Thorne (Enola Holmes) and Trefry.

It will be directed by Emmy, Tony and BAFTA winner Stephen Daldry (The Crown, Billy Elliot), with co-direction by Justin Martin.

Fans have already been teased with an explainer of what it will be about, with the show to take place 24 years before 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,’ the synopsis said.

‘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.’

Taking audiences back to the beginning of the Stranger Things story’, it’s been said it could also ‘hold the key to the end’.

None of the cast have been announced yet, however the show will be staged at the Phoenix Theatre.

‘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,’ the Duffer brothers said in a statement.

‘You will meet endearing new characters, as well as very familiar ones, on a journey into the past that sets the groundwork for the future of Stranger Things.

‘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.’

In July last year the Duffer’s announced plans for the stage production, which came after the opening of the immersive Stranger Things: The Experience.

A few months later they also teased the upcoming season five as a ‘culmination’ of everything that’s come before it.

‘I think that what we’re trying to do is go back to the beginning a little bit, in sort of the tone of one. But also scale-wise, it’s more aligned with what four is. So, hopefully, it’s got a little bit of everything,’ Ross said while appearing on a panel during a Netflix event in Los Angeles.

He added it would be a ‘balancing act’ to tie up character arcs, loose ends, and ‘doing our final reveals’.

With the final season still in writing stages, it’s likely to be at least a year until it hits our screens, however we already have confirmation the first episode will be titled Chapter One: The Crawl.

Stranger Things due in West End as stage spinoff of Netflix hit announced opening late 2023 report MarkMeets

Stranger Things is streaming on Netflix.

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