London theatre bosses are touting Madonna to reprise her film role of Argentina's first lady EVA PERON in a new production of Evita.

The MATERIAL GIRL fought off a host of Hollywood actresses to play the glamorous wife of corrupt Argentine president JUAN PERON in the 1996 film.

Previous plans to resurrect the musical in the British capital collapsed in 2003 when its authors Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber decided the city was not in the mood for serious musicals.

However, now the same creative team, comprising of director Michael Grandage, choreographer Rob Ashford and designer CHRISTOPHER ORAM, are in discussions to launch Evita in the West End next year (06), and hope Madonna will step into Peron's expensive shoes.