Stranger Things announces prequel – with a twist

Stranger Things, Netflix’s biggest TV show, is getting an official prequel. But there’s a twist: It won’t be a TV show at all.

Stranger Things: The First Shadow will be a play hitting London’s West End later this year.

The The Duffer Brothers executive produced the project and worked on the story alongside Kate Trefry, who has worked on the main show.

Tickets for the play, which will take place at the Phoenix Theatre, will go on sale later this spring, with more information to be announced later this month.

You can sign up for priority tickets and more information here.

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For now, we have a brief synopsis that reveals when the project will take place and teases how it might tie into the show’s fifth and final season.

The synopsis reads: “Hawkins, 1959: a normal 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 to leave town.

“When new student Henry Creel arrives, his family finds that a fresh start isn’t so easy… and the shadows of the past loom large.

“Brought to life by an award-winning creative team, taking theatrical storytelling and set design to a whole new dimension, this exciting new adventure will take you right back to the beginning of Stranger Things history — and may hold the key to the end.”

matt duffer, ross duffer, kate trefry sitting and standing at a wooden table


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The Duffer Brothers themselves spoke about the project in a press release, stating:

“We are beyond excited Stranger Things: The First Shadow. Collaboration with the brilliant [director] Stephen Daldry has been nothing short of inspirational and Kate Trefry has written a play that is startling, terrifying and heartfelt.

“You’ll meet lovable new characters, as well as very familiar ones, on a journey into the past that sets the stage for his future Stranger Things. We’re dying to tell you more about the story, but we won’t — it’s more fun to discover it yourself.

“Can’t wait to see you nerds in London!”

Stranger Things Seasons 1-4 are now streaming worldwide on Netflix.