The visuals presented here are really compelling. It looks like The First Shadow is going to pull out every trick in the theater book to create a spooky atmosphere for its live audience with co-illusion designer Jamie Harrison promising: “There are a lot of monsters. There are a lot of blood and gut effects. There are a lot of vanishes and appearances and lots of other things.”
While that should be thrilling for those who nab tickets to the show at Phoenix Theatre in London later this year, the plot details of the show are of particular importance to fans of the show. As previously teased, Stranger Things: The First Shadow is a prequel story for the franchise. But now we know that it will introduce a new heroine (Patty Newby) and hone in on some of the series major players as kids: Joyce Byers nee Maldonado, Jim Hopper, Bob Newby, and most importantly: Henry Creel a.k.a. Number 001 a.k.a. Vecna.
“The main thrust of the story is Patty and her budding romance with Henry,” writer Kate Trefry says in the clip.
“It’s also the origin story of how Henry Creel became Number 001,” producer Sonia Friedman adds.
Getting to learn more about Henry Creel has enormous implications for Stranger Things season 5 and for the franchise as a whole going forward. First introduced in season 4, Henry Creel is the progenitor of everything … well, strange that’s happened in Stranger Things. A disaffected youth with powerful supernatural abilities, Henry became Dr. Brenner’s “Number 001” subject and opened the metaphysical door to the Upside Down. Henry would then go on to be corrupted by the dark realm, becoming the charred villain Vecna. Netflix’s provided plot description for the play reads:
“Hawkins, 1959: a regular town with regular worries. 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. Brought to life by a multi-award-winning creative team, who take theatrical storytelling and stagecraft to a whole new dimension, this gripping new adventure will take you right back to the beginning of the Stranger Things story – and may hold the key to the end.”