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Stranger Things: The First Shadow

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Stranger Things: The First Shadow

KidRated’s Stranger Things Top Tips:


  • Be prepared for some jumps and twists
  • Combine your visit with a trip to Chinatown – it’s just a five minute walk from the theatre
  • Book through us here for an amazing deal on your ticket price


Travel back to 1959 Hawkins in “Stranger Things: The First Shadow,” where dark secrets are beginning to surface. This prequel stage adaptation unveils the early lives of characters like young Jim Hopper, Joyce Maldonado, and Bob Newby. As they encounter sinister events, the shadows of what’s to come in the beloved Netflix series begin to take form.


Ready to delve deeper into the eerie world of Hawkins? “Stranger Things: The First Shadow” is set to thrill both newcomers and die-hard fans of the series. The play is a spine-chilling journey that uncovers the hidden past of Hawkins, blending the charm of 1950s Americana with supernatural suspense.


The story weaves through the lives of young Hopper and Joyce, revealing mysteries that hint at the darkness ahead. With jaw-dropping special effects and a plot packed with twists and turns, this play is designed to keep you on the edge of your seat.


Why will Older Kids and Teenagers Love It?

  1. Familiar Faces: Witness the backstory of favorite characters like Hopper and Joyce in their younger years, offering new insights into their lives.
  2. Spooky Fun: The eerie, supernatural elements provide the perfect blend of thrills and chills that fans of the series crave.
  3. Edge-of-Your-Seat Action: With a storyline filled with unexpected twists, the suspense will keep you captivated from start to finish.
  4. Nostalgia Galore: The 1950s setting not only adds a retro charm but also enriches the narrative with its unique period details.


The play’s masterful combination of nostalgia, suspense, and character-driven storytelling ensures it’s a hit for both kids and older teens. It’s a thrilling adventure that expands the Stranger Things universe in exciting new ways.


So, grab your tickets and prepare for a trip back in time to uncover the origins of the mysteries that haunt Hawkins!





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The Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0JP


Until 16th February 2025


Useful information:

Nearest Tube: Leicester Square

Teen Verdict

Joe KidRates Stranger Things

Sam, age 16

This play is amazing! It feels like being inside an episode of Stranger Things but even more intense. I loved all the Easter eggs and references to the show and even though some of its a bit confusing, it didn’t matter because the experience is so good. There’s loads of effects and you’ll jump a few times. If you love Stranger Things, you have to see this play and even if you’re not a fan I’d still recommend you go – totally worth it​! 10/10

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  1. Katie Hudson

    My sons and I were fortunate to experience “Stranger Things : The First Shadow last night. We arrived with absolutely no idea how the production would grab the audience and transport them to the mysterious ‘Hawkins’.
    The cast were brilliant. The staging was so clever. The special effects on stage were as mind-bending and often as Stranger Things fans would hope to find. We have been to many productions as a family and this was by far the most incredibly executed show. We were immersed from the moment we began to watch. The mixed media was so cleverly used to transport us into the realm of the production and absolutely transfixed us the entire time. The characters were familiar to the fans and added the back story to the wonderful world of Stranger Things.
    10/10 from the three of us.

    Note: The production I feel would be better for older teenagers and younger adults as there are some quite graphic scenes and wouldn’t be suitable for younger theatregoers. (Unless they’re blood-thirsty by nature).
    Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and would go again in a heartbeat). The person that served us at the bar said she had seen it so many times to try and figure out “how” they did the special effects.
    A brilliant evening. Without doubt the best day out with my older sons.

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