New Dawn Fades: A Play About Joy Division and Manchester at Dancehouse Theatre

'New Dawn Fades: A Play About Joy Division and Manchester' chronicles the rise and fall of ​the ground-breaking post-punk band, and the 1970s Manchester music scene.

By Steven Pankhurst | Last updated 3 December 2018

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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. 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.

Casting has been announced for the leading roles in a revival of the highly-acclaimed stage play about the iconic post-punk Manchester band, Joy Division. In ‘NEW DAWN FADES: A Play About Joy Division & Manchester’, iconic lead singer Ian Curtis will be played by Joseph Walsh, with Alan Donohoe portraying ‘Mr Manchester’ himself, Tony Wilson. A third new cast member, Leah Gray, will play Deborah Curtis.

Returning cast members include Bill Bradshaw as Peter Hook, Sean Mason as Martin Hannett, Nathaniel McCartney as Bernard Sumner, Matthew Melbourne as Stephen Morris, and Giles Bastow as Rob Gretton.

A smash hit when it debuted at the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival in July 2013, New Dawn Fades was subsequently staged at the Macclesfield WinterFest in Ian Curtis’ home town, where it played to capacity audiences and standing ovations. Tours in 2015 and 2016 followed, with more acclaimed performances in Chester, Leeds, Bury, Liverpool, Bury St Edmonds, and London.

Now, due to popular demand, the show is back at Manchester’s Dancehouse Theatre on Wednesday 11th to Friday 13th April.

The show completely sold out when it was last performed at The Dancehouse in 2016, and tickets are selling fast.

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Dancehouse Theatre, 10A Oxford Rd, Manchester M1 5QA
0161 237 9753