The team behind Stranger Things: The First Shadow has released a new image of the stage production and the title of its first act.
In the latest incremental update on the show, which was released the same day as previews for The First Shadow are set to begin at the Phoenix Theatre on London’s West End, the title of the play’s first act was revealed as being “Chapter One: The Girl From Nowhere.”
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The new image of the production — the first major still of the play outside of previously released cast portraits and key art — features a teen Henry Creel (Louis McCartney), surrounded by a mix of smokey yellow, orange, purple and black light, which only somewhat obscures the presence of a familiar threat: a demogorgon.
During Netflix’s Geeked Week, the production released a light teaser of the upcoming show set to open Dec. 14, offering a few more brief insights into what fans can expect from the stage play, which serves as a prequel to the Netflix series. In the series of short interviews, the Duffer brothers, producer Sonia Friedman and cast members tease how the play will serve as “the origin story of how Henry Creel became number one.”
Written by Kate Trefry and directed by Stephen Daldry with co-director Justin Martin, the story is set 27 years before the events of Stranger Things, with the arrival of the Creel family looking for a fresh start in Hawkins, Indiana.
The play will also center around the younger versions of series characters Joyce (played by Winona Ryder), Hopper (David Harbour), Bob (Sean Astin) and Henry (the younger version of Jamie Campbell Bower’s Vecna, played by Raphael Luce) “trying to figure out their lives in high school.” According to Trefry, “the main thrust of the story” centers on a new character, Patty Newby, and her budding romance with Henry.
The show is expected to also reveal the origins of the Upside Down in a show full of Stranger Things Easter eggs alongside innovative stage horror effects.
The First Shadow stars Shane Attwooll, Christopher Buckley, Michael Jibson, Oscar Lloyd, Louis McCartney, Isabella Pappas, Patrick Vaill, Lauren Ward and Ella Karuna Williams. The play is produced by Netflix and Sonia Friedman Productions, with the Duffer Brothers acting as creative producers alongside 21 Laps Entertainment as associate producer.
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