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Exploring Vecna’s Origin Story: A Prequel Stage Play Based on Netflix’s “Stranger Things”

Exploring Vecna's Origin Story: A Prequel Stage Play Based on Netflix's "Stranger Things"

Henry Creel’s mysterious past is being explored in the upcoming “Stranger Things” stage play, “Stranger Things: The First Shadow.” Set in 1959 Hawkins, this prequel will take a deep dive into Vecna’s chilling origin story. Written by Kate Trefry, staff writer and story editor for the TV series, the play will be produced by Netflix and Sonia Friedman Productions, with the Duffer Brothers as creative producers and 21 Laps as associate producer. Stephen Daldry will direct with codirection by Justin Martin.

The play will feature beloved characters such as Hopper, Joyce, and Bob (Sean Astin), as well as introduce endearing new characters. It will explore many of fans’ biggest unanswered questions about Vecna, and follow the story of Jim Hopper’s car won’t start, Bob Newby’s sister won’t take his radio show seriously and Joyce Maldonado just wanting to graduate and get out of town.

Tickets for the “Stranger Things” stage play will go on sale this spring, with additional details to be announced later this month. Priority access tickets will also be given to fans who register on the production’s website. Set design by Miriam Buether; costume design by Brigitte Reiffenstuel; lighting design by Jon Clark; sound design by Paul Arditti; illusions design by Jamie Harrison and Chris Fisher; video design by 59 Productions; movement direction by Coral Messam; wigs, hair, and makeup design by Campbell Young Associates; casting by Charlotte Sutton CDG; international casting consultancy by Jim Carnahan; and Gary Beestone as technical director will all be included in the production.

“Stranger Things: The First Shadow” premieres in London’s West End later this year, and fans are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to explore Hawkins’ deepest and most terrifying secrets.


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