A HOST of famous faces were in town to watch the world premiere of Jim Cartwright's new play.

The 1975 rocker Matthew Healy was there to cheer on his actress mother Denise Welch.

The lead singer and guitarist of the indie rock band was joined by younger brother Louis, friends, family and Denise's husband Lincoln Townley to watch The Ancient Secret of Youth and the Five Tibetans at Bolton’s Octagon Theatre.

Matthew said: “It’s great, I always love seeing my mum.

“The play has got quite a tone to it.”

The former Loose Women panellist is appearing as Penny in the funny and moving play about three friends who find a book which promises to reverse the ageing process.

Written by Farnworth playwright Cartwright, it also stars former Emmerdale actor Tom Mannion, ex-Coronation Street actor Eric Potts, Lauren Drummon, who has appeared in Waterloo Road, and Matt Tait.

Other famous faces who attended Tuesday evening's production included Catherine Tyldesley, Angela Lonsdale, Sue Jenkins and husband David Fleeshman, as well as The Royle Family's Sue Johnston and Brookside's John McArdle, who appeared in Cartwright’s 1989 production of Two at the Octagon.

The Ancient Secret of Youth and the Five Tibetans, directed by David Thacker, is on at the Octagon until May 23.