Two of Andrew Lloyd Webber's best loved musicals are to return to the London stage. Cats is set to run at the London Palladium from December, after first closing on the West End more than a decade ago.

Evita will open for 55 shows from September at the Dominion, starring Marti Pellow and Madalena Alberto. The West End musical charting the life of Argentina's First Lady, Eva Peron, first closed in 1986.

Argentinian actress Elena Roger, who plays Eva Peron, performs Don't Cry For Me Argentina at a previous performance Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Archive

The shows' belting melodies have been made famous the world over, and include some of Lloyd Webber's msot famous works, including Memory and Don't Cry for Me Argentina. The news comes after more recent shows have been pulled from the West End, including The Full Monty, which was on stage for just five weeks. The X Factor inspired 'I Can't Sing', closed after just two months, and From Here to Eternity lasted six months.