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New Dawn Fades returns to the stage to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of Joy Division’s ground-breaking debut album ‘Unknown Pleasures’. This unique take on the Joy Division mythos tells the story of the band and the history of the city that inspired them.

The play places the band within the context of Manchester’s history as a city with a vibrant reputation, setting the scene for a complete new and fascinating look at the Joy Division story drawing inspiration from the enigmatic lyrics of Ian Curtis. Told with wry humour and northern wit, New Dawn Fades shows the passion and the pain that went into creating a sound that would define a city.

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 crowds and standing ovations. It returns in 2019 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Joy Division’s debut album. It also deals with issues that remain prescient today. 

New Dawn Fades will be touring Manchester, Sheffield and London later this month. It is written by Brian Gorman who has also adapted the story into a graphic novel. This production is co-directed by Sean Mason and Giles Bastow who also appear as album producer Martin Hannett (plus a few surprises) and Joy Division manager Rob Gretton respectively. All Roads Meet produce exciting, biographical theatre that is proudly Mancunian and fiercely independent, putting the culture and the history of the city and its people in the heart of everything they do.

“… 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, Louder Than War

“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

The Dance House, Manchester
Tickets: Thu £12 (£15 on the door), Fri-Sat £16 (£20 on the door)
Dates: 12th-14th Sept 2019
Time: 19:30 (2hrs inc. interval) + 15:00 matinee on 14th September
Box Office: 0161 237 9753

The Leadmill, Sheffield
Tickets:  £17
Dates: 16th-17th Sept 2019
Time: 19:30 (2hrs inc. interval)
Box Office: 0114 2727 04

Jackson Lane, London
Tickets: Thu-Sat £22/£18/£10
Dates: 19th-21st Sept 2019
Time: 19:30 (2hrs inc. interval) + 14:30 matinee on 21st September
Box Office: 020 8341 4421

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