Spice Girls unite as musical opens

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: The Spic Girls arrive for Viva Forever at the Piccadilly Theatre The Spic Girls arrive for Viva Forever at the Piccadilly Theatre

The Spice Girls have been reunited once again at the opening night of stage musical Viva Forever in London.

The band - Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton, Victoria Beckham, Mel C and Mel B - were joined at the Piccadilly Theatre in the West End by Jennifer Saunders, who wrote the show set to the songs of The Spice Girls, and Mamma Mia's Judy Craymer.

Victoria kept the audience waiting for curtain up after arriving late because she was reported to be stuck in traffic.

The other four girls sat together and posed for pictures on their mobile phones, giggling and hugging.

Victoria arrived last and sat with husband David Beckham and her three sons.

Friends and family were there to support the girls, including Emma's TV presenter friend Keith Lemon, Barbara Windsor and Vanessa Feltz.

The musical stars newcomer Hannah John-Kamen and experienced West End star and former Eurovision entry Sally Ann Triplett.

John-Kamen plays aspiring singer Viva who, along with her three best friends, gets swept up in a TV talent show which turns her life upside down.

The cast also includes comedy actress Lucy Montgomery, who has appeared in The Mighty Boosh and Torchwood, and Bill Ward, whose roles have included Charlie Stubbs in Coronation Street.

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