Andrew Lloyd Webber's arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar is returning next year along with principal cast members Ben Forster (Jesus), Tim Minchin (Judas Iscariot), Melanie C (Mary Magdalene) and Chris Moyles (King Herod).

Lloyd Webber, who oversaw the Superstar casting show to find an actor to play Jesus, said: "Last year's tour was the first-ever UK arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar and it surpassed our expectations.

"The response from audiences across the UK and Ireland was overwhelming and the show was everything I had hoped for.  It's great news that fans will have a final chance to see the show with the original arena tour cast of Tim Minchin, Mel C, Chris Moyles, Ben Forster and Alex Hanson."

The 1971 musical, which tells of the political and interpersonal struggles of Judas Iscariot and Jesus, includes hits such as "I Don't Know How to Love Him", "Gethsemane" and "Superstar", and has proved one of the most popular of the Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice collaborations.

Celebrating over 40 years since it first opened in London’s West End, the dates of Jesus Christ Superstar's 2013 arena tour kick off in Nottingham on 10 March before visiting London's O2 Arena (13 March), Liverpool Echo Arena (15 March), Cardiff Motorpoint (17 March), Manchester Arena (24 March) and Newcastle Metro Arena (26 March). The tour culminates at Birmingham NIA on 28 March.

Tickets for Jesus Christ Superstar go on sale at 9.00am on Friday (7 December) - the same day we announce the nominees of the 2013 Whatsonstage.com Awards.

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Chris Moyles & Ben Forster in Jesus Christ Superstar

The production, which premiered at London's O2 Arena on 21 September 2012, is directed by Laurence Connor, with lighting by Patrick Woodroffe and design by Mark Fisher.

The Jesus Christ Superstar arena tour is a co-production between AEG Live, and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Really Useful Group.