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Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ gets a stage play about the origin story of Vecna

A new “Stranger Things” play is coming to the Phoenix Theatre in London's West End in late 2023, Netflix announced today. “Stranger Things: The First Shadow” is a prequel spinoff play set in Hawkins in 1959, less than 25 years before the Netflix series. It will feature younger versions of Jim Hopper, Bob Newby and Joyce Maldonado, as well as new student Henry Creel (aka Vecna) who just arrived in town.

Tickets for the play go on sale this spring. Fans can register today for priority access to tickets at strangerthingsonstage.com. Additional details about “Stranger Things: The First Shadow” will be announced later this month, the company said.

This new play about the global hit series will likely pull a large crowd being that “Stranger Things” is one of Netflix’s most popular franchises. Season 4 of the show, which premiered on the streamer in May 2022, became No. 1 on Netflix’s most popular English TV list with 1.35 billion hours viewed in its first 28 days.

“Stranger Things has captured the imagination of fans around the world and we are incredibly thrilled to expand this exciting universe with Netflix’s first live stage production,” said Greg Lombardo, VP Live Experiences for Netflix, in a statement.