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Go Behind the Scenes of Stranger Things: The First Shadow

Netflix is taking you behind the scenes of Stranger Things: The First Shadow in a new video featuring the creative team that’s bringing the story to life.

The play is set in 1959 Hawkins, 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.

Go Behind the Scenes of Stranger Things: The First Shadow

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.

Brought to life by a multi-award-winning creative team, who take theatrical storytelling and stagecraft to a whole new dimension, this gripping new adventure will take you right back to the beginning of the Stranger Things story – and may hold the key to the end.

From Netflix and Sonia Friedman Productions, Stranger Things: The First Shadow features an original story by the Duffer Brothers, Jack Thorne & Kate Trefry. It is based on the Netflix series created by the Duffer Brothers, who are acting as creature producers with 21 Laps Entertainment as associate producer.

Directed by Stephen Daldry, with co-direction by Justin Martin, the cast includes Shane Attwooll (Chief Hopper), Kemi Awoderu (Sue Anderson), Chase Brown (Lonnie Byers), Christopher Buckley (Bob Newby), Ammar Duffus (Charles Sinclair), Gilles Geary (Ted Wheeler), Florence Guy (Karen Childress), Max Harwood (Alan Munson), and Michael Jibson (Victor Creel).

Also starring are Oscar Lloyd (James Hopper Jr.), Louis McCartney (Henry Creel), Isabella Pappas (Joyce Maldonado), Matthew Pidgeon (Principal Newby), Calum Ross (Walter Henderson), Maisie Norma Seaton (Claudia Yount), Patrick Vaill (Dr Brenner), Lauren Ward (Virginia Creel), and Ella Karuna Williams (Patty Newby), and Anika Boyle, Faith Delaney and Imogen Turner (alternating the role of Alice Creel).

There’s also Tricia Adele-Turner, Lauren Arney, Samuel Baxter, Reya-Nyomi Brown, Patricia Castro, Lydia Fraser, Isaac Gryn, Mark Hammersley, Benjamin Lafayette, Tom Peters, Kingdom Sibanda, Tiana Simone, Danny Sykes and Meesha Turner.

Stranger Things: The First Shadow is written by Kate Trefry and features set design by Miriam Buether, costume design by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, lighting design by Jon Clark, sound design by Paul Arditti, and original music composition, orchestration, arrangements and supervision by D.J. Walde.

Illusions design & visual effects are by Jamie Harrison & Chris Fisher, video design & visual effects by 59 Productions, choreography by Coral Messam, movement direction by Lynne Page, wigs, hair and make-up design by Campbell Young Associates, and technical director is Gary Beestone for Gary Beestone Associates.

The props supervision is by Mary Halliday, dialect by William Conacher, fight direction by Kev McCurdy, casting by Jessica Ronane Casting CDG with additional casting by Charlotte Sutton CDG, and international casting consultancy by Jim Carnahan.

Production opens on December 14 at the Phoenix Theatre in London, with previews beginning November 17. For further ticket information, performance schedule, full creative team and cast biographies, please visit

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Stranger Things: The First Shadow