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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."

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Victoria Beckham arrives separately to Viva Forever!

Victoria Beckham and husband David with their sons Romeo, Cruz and Brooklyn Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Spice Girls were reunited again tonight for the opening of the musical Viva Forever! in London.

Victoria Beckham arrived 40 minutes after the other four band members with her three sons and husband David.

Emma Bunton who has already seen the musical and said she was very excited Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Geri Halliwell said it has been an amazing experience to be part of the musical and 'have a say in it' Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The singers were joined by the writer of the musical Jennifer Saunders who wrote the show to the songs of the Spice Girls. Tonight she said the show "is not the story of the Spice Girls, it's a story that is inspired by their music".

Mel C who said they felt very proud and humbled by the amount of fans who have turned out tonight Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton, Mel C and Mel B all sat together in the Piccadilly Theatre, reportedly posing for pictures on their mobile phones, giggling and hugging whereas Victoria sat with her husband and their three sons.

Mel B said the Spice Girls have been getting ready together all day in preparation for the premiere Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Spice Girls at premiere of Viva Forever! the musical

The four Spice Girls outside the Piccadilly Theatre London Credit: ITV

Viva Forever! the new musical written by Jennifer Saunders and inspired by the story about the Spice Girls opens in London tonight.

The Spice Girls arrived a short while ago with actress Jennifer Saunders, all are expected to take to the stage at the end of tonight's show.

Victoria Beckham: 'Amazing' to see Spice Girls

Spice Girl Victoria Beckham has tweeted about her 'amazing' day back with the band:

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Thank you girls!Amazing to see u all today!!! Lots of love,Victoria x

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