Andrew Lloyd Webber “has prostate cancer”

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, according to reports.

Lord Lloyd Webber – who has masterminded some of the BBC’s biggest talent shows of the past few years – is being treated for the disease.

His spokesman said it had been caught in its very early stages.

“Andrew is now undergoing treatment and expects to be fully back at work before the end of the year,” he said in a statement.

Lord Lloyd Webber – best known for hit musicals including Phantom Of The Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and Sunset Boulevard – was the brains behind the BBC One shows How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, Any Dream Will Do and I’d Do Anything.

Maria winner Connie Fisher went on to become a huge star after winning the lead role in Lloyd Webber’s West End production of The Sound Of Music.

Lee Mead has also enjoyed success after winning Any Dream Will Do, and going on to play the lead in Lloyd Webber’s classic music Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. I’d Do Anything winner Jodie Prenger is currently starring as Nancy in the West End production of Oliver!

Lord Lloyd Webber also composed the UK’s Eurovision entry this year. It’s My Time, sung by Jade Ewen, gave the UK its best result in the contest for years, finishing in fifth place.

He is due to front a new BBC talent search – to find stars for a new musical version of The Wizard Of Oz – next spring.