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"The legacy will never fade"

Producers of the show, which charts the trials and tribulations of wannabe girlband Eternity, say "with a heavy heart" they've decided to close.

"The show has evolved since we first opened and is now brighter, lighter and funnier, but despite the wonderful audiences and extremely positive feedback we just can’t make it work. I'm so proud of everyone involved in this production. Viva Forever! _may be taking it’s leave for now in the West End but the legacy of Spice Girls will never fade."_

– Judy Craymer, Producer of Viva Forever

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Search for Emma Bunton's dog ends in tragedy

The dog belonging to Spice Girl Emma Bunton has been found dead on railway tracks this morning after a huge search for the canine was triggered yesterday.

One of the 'biggest ever' searches took place, attempting to find Phoebe after Bunton alerted the public via Twitter.

Phoebe went missing on Monday during a walk on Hadley Wood Common in north London
Phoebe went missing on Monday during a walk on Hadley Wood Common in north London Credit: @EmmaBunton/Twitter

She said was 'devastated' after the loss of the animal that was given to her as a present to her six years ago.

Former police officer Tom Watkins, who was enlisted to help find the missing dog, told the Daily Mail: " That is where she was found, lying between the tracks. It is very sad but at least now the family have closure.

Network Rail was contacted and a worker went on to the track and retrieved the body. She must have slipped under the fence and been hit by a train. I believe the accident happened on Monday, shortly after she went missing."

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Spice Girls musical slammed by critics as 'a prize Christmas turkey'

The long-awaited Spice Girls musical has failed to go down well with the critics after its premiere last night.

The Daily Mirror called the plot "cliched" and the dialogue "leaden", and said that "laughs, from writer [Jennifer] Saunders, are surprisingly few and far between".

"You would think it would be easy to strap the songs of one of the biggest girl groups in recent history to an exuberant story of girl power to create a worldwide money-making machine. But you would be wrong," Alun Palmer wrote.

Spice Girls: Geri Halliwell, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton and Melanie Chisholm at the premiere
Spice Girls: Geri Halliwell, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton and Melanie Chisholm at the premiere Credit: PA

The Independent's Paul Taylor said the show was "lacking in any true original or challenging spark of its own".

The Daily Mail's Quentin Letts was also unimpressed, calling the musical "a prize Christmas turkey".

The Sun's Poppy Cosyns, who said that seeing the Spice Girls at Wembley at the age of eight had been one of her childhood highlights, had some good words.

Writing that the show had "lived up to all the hype", she said, adding that "Saunders has done a great job with the script and the show flows really well."

Posh Spice says thanks

Victoria Beckham announced her gratitude on Twitter after so many fans turned up to see the Spice Girls together again after four years.

The group re-united to promote a new musicial 'Viva Forever'.

Spice Girls re-unite for West End musical

The Spice Girls have re-united for the first time in four years Credit: ITN

The Spice Girls were reunited in London this morning to announce details of a stage musical based on their songs.

The music of the 1990s "girl power" group is being revived in "Viva Forever."

The show's being produced by Judy Craymer, who was the brains behind the ABBA musical "Mamma Mia."

The musical's been written by comedian Jennifer Saunders, who co-created TV sitcom "Absolutely Fabulous."

The musical is expected to open in the West End at the end of the year.

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