Stranger Things stage show prequel shares first look at a young Hopper and Joyce

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First look at Stranger Things stage show revealed.Netflix

A first look at the cast of Stranger Things: The First Shadow has revealed a young Joyce, Hopper and Bob Newby.

Posted to the official Netflix UK Twitter/ X account, the promotional pictures for the upcoming stage prequel to the sci-fi smash starring Millie Bobby Brown and Noah Schnapp invited fans to "step into Hawkins 1959."

The stage play will take place before the first season of Stranger Things, and explore the characters of Joyce Byers, Chief Hopper and Newby like never before.

"Before they were a chief, a mother and a superhero," the caption teases, "they were classmates."

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The first look sees Oscar Lloyd as James Hopper, Jr., Isabella Pappas as Joyce Maldonado (before she was Joyce Byers), and Christopher Buckley as Bob Newby.

The mysterious plot is set to revolve around the origins of Henry Creel (Louis McCartney) – whom fans of the series will know as the man that eventually turned into season four big bad Vecna.

Snaps of the entire Creel family (McCartney, Michael Jibson and Lauren Ward) have also been shared, as well as one of McCartney with the play's version of Dr. Brenner (Patrick Vaill).

Ella Karuna Williams as Patty Newby is also pictured with the youngest Creel.

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The show's official synopsis reads as follows

"Young Jim Hopper’s car won’t start, Bob Newby’s sister won’t take his radio show seriously and Joyce Maldonado just wants to graduate and get the hell out of town.

"When new student Henry Creel arrives, his family finds that a fresh start isn’t so easy… and the shadows of the past have a very long reach."

First announced in July 2022, tickets for the show, which is directed by Stephen Daldry, are available now.

Stranger Things: The First Shadow premieres November 17, 2023.

Stranger Things seasons 1-4 are available to steam worldwide on Netflix.

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