West End leading lady Emma Hatton and Italian actor Gian Marco Scharetti are to star in the UK tour of Evita.

Hatton, who most recently played Elphaba in the West End production of Wicked will play Eva Perón. Her extensive theatre credits include the principle roles of Scaramouche and Meatloaf in We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre, and Donna in the West End production of Dreamboats and Petticoats.

Gian Marco Schiaretti makes his UK theatre debut playing Che. His recent performances include the title role of Tarzan in Disney’s Musical Tarzan (Stuttgart) and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet across Italy.

Kevin Stephen-Jones (Cats, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) is set to play Argentine President Juan Perón.

The cast is completed by Oscar Balmaseda, Sarah O’Connor, Natalie Langston, George Arvidson, Lewis Barnshaw, Jessica Ellen, Callum Fitzgerald, Kellie Gnauck, Dominic Adam Griffin, Kate Leiper, Joe McCourt, Jude Neill, Chrissie Perkins, Oliver Slade, Matias Stegmann and Yuval Zoref.

With lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the award winning musical tells the story of Eva Perón, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Perón; following her journey from humble beginnings through to extraordinary wealth, power and iconic status. The musical features much loved songs including Don’t Cry for Me Argentina, On This Night of a Thousand Stars, You Must Love Me, and Another Suitcase in Another Hall.

The UK tour opens 12 January 2017 in Bromley and will travel to Southampton, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Bristol, Wimbledon, Oxford, Cardiff, Dublin, York, Sunderland, and further dates in Germany.