Stranger Things: The First Shadow (West End)
Ends Aug 2024 2h 30m
Stranger Things: The First Shadow (West End)

Stranger Things: The First Shadow (West End) London Reviews and Tickets

(398 Ratings)
Members say
Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great staging

About the Show

A new play based on the hit Netflix series that serves as a prequel to the eerie events in Hawkins.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (132)

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184 Reviews | 30 Followers
Must see, Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Faultless show even down to costumes and sountracking and special effects

Don't see it if N/A

85 Reviews | 4 Followers
Must see, Epic, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You like stranger things or amazing visuals

Don't see it if Stranger things like programs are not your thing

59 Reviews | 1 Follower
Wow, Entertaining, Must see, Great staging, Clever

See it if You liked the TV show. Enjoy fantasy/horror. Amazing special effects

Don't see it if You don’t like the TV show or people in the audience

62 Reviews | 3 Followers
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if If you are a Stranger Things fan and you want to see a spectacular show! Impressive, I reccomand!

Don't see it if If you are not a fan of Stranger Things or you are sensitive to loud noises/flash lights

88 Reviews | 1 Follower
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intense, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You are a fan of Stranger Things, but don’t overthink some of the plot too much! If you love food staging and an intense show.

Don't see it if You haven’t seen Stranger Things or are of a nervous disposition!

51 Reviews | 1 Follower
Exciting, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you like to be entertained, special effects and are a fan of Stranger Things

Don't see it if you are looking for a proper play/drama rather than a show

139 Reviews | 4 Followers
Retro, Humour, Tantalising, Fantasy/sci-fi, Exciting

See it if you want to see Fantasy filled, sometimes scary/ intense, examines teenage friendship & love retro style Amazing special/visual effects.

Don't see it if this isn’t your genre of interest. Having said that I haven’t seen Netflix Stranger Things & Sci-fi isn’t my choice but I enjoyed it.

68 Reviews | 1 Follower
Great staging, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You like the show and you want a more complex story line

Don't see it if You’ve never seen the show and don’t know the background

Critic Reviews (15)

December 15th, 2023

“The stage and the screen will never be substitutes but Stranger Things: The First Shadow never feels limited by the medium. It leans into the theatricality hammering the audience with slick illusions and visually stunning trickery applied impasto. No expense is spared but that is hardly surprising.”
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The London Evening Standard
December 15th, 2023

“This astonishing show turns normal expectations of theatre upside down. Director Stephen Daldry has taken the Duffer Brothers’ Eighties-set Netflix sci-fi hit and magicked it into a spectacular, multimedia prequel, full of enough thrills, scares and knowing nods to please fans and the uninitiated in equal measure.”
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Time Out London
December 15th, 2023

“ ‘The First Shadow’ suffers from dramatic bloat and tonal inconsistency. The biggest frustration with it is the sense that it might have been show of the year with 30 minutes of really ruthless cuts...It’s not perfect, but it’s as close to the Upside Down as you’re going to get without having your head bitten off by a demogorgon.”
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The Guardian (UK)
December 14th, 2023

“Those familiar with the series will be able to trace storylines back but the production is not just a clever parlour game for fans. If you come at it afresh, it is still irresistible. A spurt of lazy film-to-stage adaptations have recently hit the West End but this parallel world is a winner.”
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The Telegraph (UK)
December 14th, 2023

“I can’t claim that, as a piece of drama, this is more than high-class hokum but what we get, as spectators, is a game-changing experience, one which combines state-of-the-art video wizardry with the tricks of the theatrical trade...Standing ovations are ten a penny these days but this show thoroughly deserves the one it gets.”
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The Times (UK)
December 15th, 2023

“Amid all the crowd scenes there’s little sense of depth to the individual characters or how they relate to one another. You’re left longing to see less of the tiresome play within a play and much more of Ella Karuna Williams’s sweet-voiced Patty Newby.”
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London Theatre
December 15th, 2023

“Netflix makes its stage debut in spectacular fashion with this keenly anticipated – and, I can happily reveal, totally awe-inspiring – theatrical version of the streamer’s hit sci-fi series ‘Stranger Things.’ Crucially, it’s a must-see not just for superfans, but for anyone excited by boundary-pushing theatre that harnesses jaw-dropping special effects while telling a very relatable human story.”
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The Stage (UK)
December 15th, 2023

“Based on the phenomenally popular Netflix series, this visually stunning retro-horror romp is audacious, exhilarating and relentlessly inventive...Subtlety is not the goal here, and this show never quite matches the series’ charming mix of nostalgia, hope and horror. But it is an extraordinary, gripping spectacle.”
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