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Circus comes to London town

A circus will perform on a West End stage for the first time in 30 years Credit: Cirque Berserk

For the first time in thirty years a circus show will perform on a West End stage when Cirque Berserk opens at the Peacock Theatre on Monday.

Cirque Berserk features an international cast as well as British acts. Including aerial trapeze artist Jackie Armstrong who performs without a harness or safety net.

The act features more than thirty acrobats, jugglers, drummers, dancers, stunt-men, and, of course, clowns. And the troupe will live in their caravans while playing on the West End stage.

Huge crowds expected to enjoy West End Live

Crowds gather at the annual West End Live in Trafalgar Square in 2014. Credit: John Stillwell / PA Archive/Press Association Images

More than half a million people are expected to enjoy London's annual free musical theatre festival this weekend.

West End Live, returning for its 11th year, will take place in Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square.

Crowds will be able to enjoy highlights from shows including American Idiot, Beautiful (The Carole King Musical), The Dreamers, Gypsy, Memphis The Musical, Sunny Afternoon and Seven Brides For Seven Brothers.


X-Factor star heads to the West End

Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

X Factor winner Matt Cardle has announced he's heading to London's West End, where he'll join the cast of Memphis: The Musical.

Cardle will be taking over from Killian Donnelly to play radio DJ "Huey Calhoun" from 6th July.

He joins a stellar cast that also boasts singer Beverley Knight in the role of Felicia Farrell.

He said: "From the first time I saw the show I felt I had a real connection with the character of Huey. It's no secret that I worked for many years before my breakthrough as a musician.

"I started my first band when I was 12 years old and spent at least 15 years recording albums and sending demos to record companies before finally having my voice heard."

Crowds fill the capital for 'Panic Saturday' buying

Shoppers have battled crowds across central London in the hunt for late Christmas bargains on a day when £1.2 billion was expected to be spent on Britain's high streets.

Sales on Bond Street, Oxford Street and Regent Street alone was tipped to surpass £150 million during the vast consumer spend, which has been branded "Panic Saturday".

Shoppers looked for Christmas presents under the bright lights of Carnaby Street. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Oxford Street thronged with shoppers on the final weekend before Christmas. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
The heavy footfall - estimated to be up 7.1% in the early hours - meant busy crowds at the capital's Christmas markets, including the South Bank. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

West End shoppers to blow £150m this weekend

Londoners are expected to spend around £150 million this weekend beginning on 'panic Saturday' as shopping days before Christmas dwindle.

West End shoppers to blow £150m this weekend. Credit: PA

The New West End Company predicted the retail takings, and said that footfall in the West End this morning was up 7.1% year on year.

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