Theatre review: Forever Young at the Oldham Coliseum

HEART-WARMING musical comedy ‘Forever Young’ is gracing the Oldham Coliseum stage until March 21 following three sell-out runs at Nottingham Playhouse.

Saddleworth Independent editor Aimee went along to see if the production would live up to the hype…

IT HAS been some time since I managed to squeeze an evening at the theatre into my busy work and home schedule – so I was hoping the next two hours would leave me thoroughly entertained and moved.

‘Forever Young’ certainly did that – and more.p25 review oldham coliseum

From the opening chiming chords to the closing melodic notes, the colourful production – presented by Oldham Coliseum Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse – was a true delight.

Written by Erik Gedeon and adapted by Giles Croft and Stefan Bednarczyk, it delves into the lives of aging thespians at the Oldham Coliseum Theatre Home – but these performers are here to show the good times are not all behind them.

A show of few words, the storyline is cleverly captured in the music as well as the expressions and movements of the extremely talented cast.

The six unique pensioners bring to life their stories through song, including hits from Tom Jones, Aqua, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin and Gloria Gaynor, with hilarious and sometimes surprisingly agile dance routines.

They offer a nostalgic and comical glance back over their lives including rebel youths, times at the theatre, love affairs and more – all kept secret from severe Sister George who pokes her nose in from time to time.

But each happy moment is accompanied by a sharp, poignant reminder of passing time – from memories fading and joints creaking to losing friends and loved ones.

Overall, the production celebrates growing old and highlights the ups and downs with a wit and emotion that left me with tears of laughter in my eyes. Certainly not a show to be missed.

‘Forever Young’ is on at Oldham Coliseum until March 21, 2015. Tickets can be booked on 0161 624 2829 or at

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