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New For 2024!

New Dawn Fades – Thurs 10 Oct – Sat 26 Oct

New Dawn Fades – A Play About Joy Division and Manchester kicks off its series of shows in October 2024! Check the details on this page and please sign up for updates so you don’t miss anything! See below for details and links to tickets.

The 2024 edition of New Dawn Fades extends our success with even more music from our talented cast. We are just doing more dates and more UK cities! You can read all about the team behind the play here. You can also follow the process of the play’s production here. Tickets will sell very quickly so don’t hesitate in booking your seat for these new run of shows. Thank you for your support!

Upcoming Shows

  • Oct10 Chester - The Live Rooms The Live Rooms Tickets
  • Oct14 Sheffield - The Leadmill The Leadmill Tickets
  • Oct15 Wigan - The Edge The Edge + Joy Division Exhibition Tickets
  • Oct16 Bury - The Met + Joy Division Exhibition The Met + Joy Division Exhibition Tickets
  • Oct17 Bury - The Met + Joy Division Exhibition The Met + Joy Division Exhibition Tickets
  • Oct18 Manchester RNCM - Matinée (4pm Start) + Joy Division Exhibition RNCM + Joy Division Exhibition Tickets
  • Oct18 Manchester RNCM + Joy Division Exhibition RNCM + Joy Division Exhibition Tickets
  • Oct19 Manchester RNCM + Joy Division Exhibition RNCM + Joy Division Exhibition Tickets
  • Oct21 Birmingham - Crescent Theatre Crescent Theatre Tickets
  • Oct22 Leeds - City Varieties Music Hall City Varieties Music Hall Tickets
  • Oct25 London - The Bloomsbury Theatre The Bloomsbury + Joy Division Exhibition Tickets
  • Oct26 London - The Bloomsbury Theatre The Bloomsbury + Joy Division Exhibition Tickets

New Dawn Fades – A Play About Joy Division and Manchester

ABOUT THE PLAY

New Dawn Fades – A Play About Joy Division and Manchester chronicles the rise and fall of ​ Manchester’s ground-breaking post-punk band and the tragic suicide of lead singer Ian Curtis.

Nicholas Eccles as Martin Hannett

(Photos: Shay Rowan)

New Dawn Fades – A Play About Joy Division & Manchester is celebrating 11 great years with a re-energised and vibrant new production touring the UK this October.

New Dawn Fades: A Play About Joy Division and Manchester is the story of four ordinary lads who, inspired by the punk revolution of 1970s Manchester, came together to form one of the most influential bands of all time, Joy Division. Following the untimely death of lead singer Ian Curtis, the band went on to huge world-wide success as New Order.

The show which is produced by Nigel Carr and Tony Davidson is written & directed by the award-winning Brian Gorman, who reprises his role as the legendary Factory Records’ boss Tony Wilson. He guides the audience through the heart and soul of both the band and the city, introducing an array of historical figures, including Roman General Julius Agricola, Dr John Dee, Frederich Engels, Paul Morley, and Pete Shelley of Buzzcocks! The result is a spellbinding journey of love, passion, grief, and of course music, drawing inspiration from the enigmatic lyrics of Ian Curtis, with a soundtrack featuring iconic hits of the late 1970’s UK music scene including of course Joy Division. 

A smash hit when it debuted at the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival in July 2013, New Dawn Fades has toured regularly across the country, playing to capacity audiences and standing ovations.

 

 What the reviewers said about New Dawn Fades:

 “… a spellbinding and brilliant play about one of the greatest bands of all time. I totally urge anyone left out there who believes in music to go and see it.”

John Robb

 “I was crying. It was very emotional at the end. It captured everything perfectly. I loved it; it had everything – the music and the emotion… there was such a buzz in the building.”

Rowetta, Happy Mondays

 “New Dawn Fades is more than a play about Joy Division; it’s about Manchester, friendship, love and heartbreak … it’s clear this is a piece full of energy.” 

Tracey Lowe, The Good Review

 “It’s all very entertaining and works unexpectedly well, especially at capturing the spirit of the times…” 

Kevin Bourke, Manchester Evening News

“An evocative piece that beautifully captures the heart and soul of Manchester in the 1970s. This is the way, step inside…”

 Kevin Cummins

 

Contact Us

Email: hello@newdawnfades.co.uk

Phone: 01619412800

Address

12 Kings Street
Knutsford
Cheshire
WA16 6DD

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