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

Dates at The Met include a Joy Division equipment and ephemera exhibition featuring original 1970s instruments, equipment, records, posters and other rare collectibles!

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 Tin Orb Ltd.’s Nigel Carr and Tony Davidson – is written and 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 1970s 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.

Book tickets

Derby Hall @ The Met
£25 / £21 concessions (inc fees)

Recommended for ages 16+. Includes sensitive subject matter including reference to suicide, violence, trauma and bereavement. Profanity throughout.


“New Dawn Fades is 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. It captured everything perfectly. I loved it! It had everything – the music and the emotion.”

Rowetta (Happy Mondays)

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

Kevin Cummins

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