An acclaimed play about Joy Division is returning to Manchester

"This is the story of four ordinary lads"

An acclaimed play about Joy Division is returning to Manchester later this year, after it was first staged five years ago.

New Dawn Fades premiered in 2013 and charts the rise of the iconic Manchester band, following their story up until the moment of Ian Curtis’ tragic and untimely death in 1980.

Now, the Brian Gorman penned play is set to return to Manchester’s Dancehouse Theatre for two shows on Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 April. You can buy tickets here.


“This is the story of four ordinary lads who, inspired by the punk revolution of the 1970s, came together to form one of the most influential bands of all time, Joy Division”, an official synopsis teases.

“T​his unique production places the band within the context of Manchester’s history as a city with a vibrant reputation, setting the scene for a completely new and fascinating look at the Joy Division story.

“Anthony H Wilson 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, Gus Gangrene, Pete Shelley, and the Buzzcocks!

“The result is a spellbinding journey of love, passion, progress, grief, and, of course, music. Drawing inspiration from the enigmatic lyrics of Ian Curtis, with a soundtrack featuring live performances of his most beloved tracks.”



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