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Photograph: Manuel Harlan
Photograph: Manuel Harlan

Five reasons to book tickets for thrilling West End hit ‘Stranger Things: The First Shadow’

This boundary-pushing new play is a must-see

Written by Time Out. Paid for by ‘Stranger Things: The First Shadow’
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It's officially the grimmest, drizzliest time of the year. But while you're battling to keep your spirits up under skies that are devoid of all trace of sunlight by 4pm, there's something bright and beautiful happening on London's West End. ‘Stranger Things: The First Shadow’ is a spectacular stage play that's guaranteed to jolt you out of your winter lethargy. Here's why you should go, whether you're a theatre-lover looking for an exhilarating night out or a fan of the cult telly series or a

It's a dramatic way to lift you out of the winter blues
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1. It's a dramatic way to lift you out of the winter blues

‘Stranger Things: The First Shadow’ opened to rave critical reviews in December, but this show definitely isn't just for Christmas. It's booking across 2024, and scoring yourself some tickets will give you something exciting to look forward to in this new year. With pacy storytelling, spellbinding special effects, and eerie chills galore, this theatrical extension of the Stranger Things universe is bound to inject that bit of intensity into those days before summer approaches.

It’s a stellar piece of theatre
Photograph: Manuel Harlan

2. It’s a stellar piece of theatre

Theatre buffs will undoubtedly be wowed by the credentials of  ‘Stranger Things: The First Shadow’, which boasts direction by Stephen Daldry, the man behind massive West End stage hits including ‘Billy Elliot’ and ‘An Inspector Calls’. There’s something for everyone here: incredible special effects, top-tier acting and a gripping story. But it's also a great intro to the world of theatre for sceptics, with a breakneck pace that's perfect for telly fans, plus visuals that'll immerse you deep in the creepy land of the Upside Down. Plus, you can treat yourself to a nice ice cream at the interval, which is not something your average night at home with Netflix can offer.

It adds some fascinating backstory to the Stranger Things universe
Photograph: Manuel Harlan

3. It adds some fascinating backstory to the Stranger Things universe

This stage play is co-authored by Stranger Things writer Kate Trefry, which means that everything on stage is a 100 percent canonical addition to the story. It builds on everything that's happened in the show's first four seasons, as well as foreshadowing its forthcoming season five. The star of the show? Henry Creel, the tormented teenager who's navigating high school dramas and fighting dark impulses.

Your kids will be your no. 1 fans
Photograph: Manuel Harlan

4. Your kids will be your no. 1 fans

Older kids will be entranced by this stage spectacle, which is set in a high school in 1959 Hawkin, Indiana. The setting is retro but the teen drama is timeless, as drama nerds, jocks and loners unite to stage a play that's disrupted by dark, evil forces. The ensuing drama will have young 'uns gripped, with relatable cringey moments, jokes, and eerie chills galore.

5. Tickets are more affordable than you think

It's no secret that an evening at the theatre can be pricey, but ‘Stranger Things: The First Shadow’ has released hundreds of tickets for 2024 costing just £30 and £50. Get booking and you'll have a dazzling night out to look forward to as brighter days dawn.

Buy your tickets to ‘Stranger Things: The First Shadow’ now

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