The brand new stage production of New Dawn Fades: A Play About Joy Division & Manchester is embarking on a new tour this Autumn. New Dawn Fades: A Play About Joy Division & Manchester 10th Anniversary Tour 2022 will open on Thursday 1 September at Sheffield Leadmill and then go on to further venues including The Met, Bury, Liverpool Epstein Theatre and RNCM Theatre, Manchester.

Tour Dates and Ticket Links

Sheffield Leadmill Thursday 1st September

Lawrence Batley Theatre Huddersfield Wednesday 7th September – TBC

Liverpool Epstein Theatre Wednesday 14th September

Chorley Theatre Sunday 18th September

The Met, Bury Wednesday 21st September –

RNCM Theatre, Manchester Thursday 29th/Friday 30th September – Thursday Friday

The new touring production is written by Brian Gorman, produced & directed by Giles D. Bastow and Sean Mason for All Roads Meet. It is executively produced by Nina Whiteman.

New Dawn Fades: A Play About Joy Division & Manchester is a stunning drama, with live music, set in 1970s Manchester. In 1976, four young men are inspired by the incendiary Sex Pistols gig, at the Manchester Lesser Free Trade Hall, and go on to form a new post-punk band that would eventually morph into the iconic Joy Division, with lead singer Ian Curtis stunning audiences with his visionary lyrics and mesmerising stage performances. Signing for Manchester’s groundbreaking Factory Records, under the leadership of legendary impresario Tony Wilson, the band would produce two all-time classic albums, before tragedy struck.

This is a thrilling, rollercoaster ride through the turbulent and hugely creative post-punk era, with a sparkling array of colourful and memorable characters. Tony Wilson narrates, and takes the audience on a breathtaking, whistle stop tour of 2000 years of Mancunian history, and uncovering the often surprising influences on Joy Division’s music. From Roman General Julius Agricola, through Frederich Engels, Dr John Dee, and many more.

The show includes live music which has had previous audiences standing and cheering at the recreation of the sight and sound of Joy Division. It is ten years since the graphic novel that inspired the stage show was created, and New Dawn Fades has gone from strength to strength. Before the enforced break, due to the pandemic, the production had been invited to Berlin, with offers also coming in from as far afield as New York and Hong Kong. Plans are afoot to take the show to international audiences in 2023.


Tony Wilson is played by Al Donohue

Ian Curtis is played by Joseph Walsh

Debbie Curtis is played by Leah Grey-Scaife

Peter Hook is played by Bill Bradshaw

Bernard Sumner is played by Harry McLafferty

Stephen Morris is played by Matthew Melbourne

Rob Gretton is played by Giles D. Bastow

Martin Hannett/Terry Mason/Friedrich Engels/Paul Morley/Mick Middles/Pips DJ/Mike Scott/Derek Brandwood/TJ Davidson/Accountant are played by Sean Mason

“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 be so much more, to go and see it” John Robb (Louder than War)

“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

Brian Gorman is a Manchester-based writer/actor/artist, whose works include Everyman: A Celebration of Patrick McGoohan & The Prisoner, and One Man Bond: Every Bond Film In 60 Minutes (for which he won the Salford Star 2018 Best Performer Award). His work has appeared in a variety of publications including The Liverpool Daily Post, Starburst Magazine, and The Big Issue, plus on ITV’s Martina Cole’s Lady Killers. His highly-acclaimed graphic novel adaptation of New Dawn Fades, has sold all over the world, and is on its fourth print run.

Giles D Bastow is a visual artist, performer, director, film maker and designer whose work includes the audio drama ‘Everyman – A Celebration of Patrick McGoohan and The Prisoner’ and music videos for the cult band Evil Blizzard. Giles reprises his role as Joy Division manager Rob Gretton.

Sean Mason is a writer, director, actor and improviser based in Salford. He is thrilled to be back once again for another tour of New Dawn Fades. His stage credits include adaptations of classic sitcoms Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads, Rising Damp and Jack Rosenthal’s Hot Fat. Most recently he was involved in Sitcom Stories, a night of short plays inspired by the drama behind the scenes of some of our most beloved sitcoms. As well as performing, he also teaches media and performance skills at the University of Salford. 




Celebrating 40 years since the release of Joy Division’s groundbreaking debut LP, ‘Unknown Pleasures’, this 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.

This 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.

Tickets for the following dates are now on sale:

Manchester Dancehouse Theatre:

Thursday 12th September/Friday 13th September/Saturday 14th September (with matinee).

There is a £12 Early Bird ticket offer for one month on Manchester shows.


Sheffield Leadmill:

Monday 16th September/Tuesday 17th September


Jacksons Lane Theatre, Highgate, London:

Thursday 19th September/Friday 20th September/Saturday 21st September (with matinee)



“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.

This is the story of four ordinary lads from Manchester, Salford and Macclesfield 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, interviewing an array of historical figures, including Roman General Julius Agricola, Dr John Dee, 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.
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, as it did in March 2014 during a one-off performance at Manchester Dancehouse Theatre. A tour of England in 2015, saw more acclaimed performances at a variety of theatres including Chester’s Forum Theatre, Leeds City Varieties, and Manchester Dancehouse.

Written by Brian Gorman, creator of Everyman: The Story Of Patrick McGoohan – The Prisoner, co-writer of the 2013 stage version of Blade Runner, and writer/artist of the Joy Division graphic novel.
The play is produced by Giles Bastow of All Roads Meet, and directed by Sean Mason and Giles Bastow
The play stars Joe Walsh as Ian Curtis, Leah Gray-Scaife as Debbie Curtis and Al Donohue as Tony Wilson

Please note, only a limited number of press tickets are available for each performance so requests for pairs will be dependent on general demand.

 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, 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

 “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

 “This is a very ambitious play and (the director) works wonders to achieve many complex scenes with style.” Dave Cunningham, The Public Reviews

 A powerful and irresistible glimpse of an exciting time for the development of Manchester, Salford and alternative pop culture.” Matt Charlton,

 “Let’s just say, this is an experience you won’t easily forget.” Mary O’Meara, Mudkiss Magazine


All Roads Meet Ltd are very happy to announce that New Dawn Fades: A Play About Joy Division & Manchester will be embarking upon a national tour in Spring 2016. The tour will be promoted by Edge Street Live.

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Liverpool Epstein

Sheffield Leadmill

Leeds City Varieties

Manchester Dancehouse Theatre

Spring Tour 2015

New Dawn Fades – Spring 2015 Tour Where To Get Tickets

Chester, The Forum Theatre – Wed 6th May

Macclesfield Mads Theatre – Fri 8th May/Sat 9th May

Leeds City Varieties Music Hall – Fri 15th May

Bury, The Met – Wed 20th May

Manchester Dancehouse Theatre – Fri 22nd May

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