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Posh delays opening night show
Posh delays opening night show

Victoria Beckham has been accused of snubbing her Spice Girls bandmates on the red carpet at the opening night of stage musical Viva Forever in London.

Australian X Factor judge Melanie Brown flew out from Sydney to join her former bandmates Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton, Victoria Beckham and Melanie Chisholm.

Beckham 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.

Beckham arrived last and sat with husband David Beckham and their three sons.

The Spice Girls 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.

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 show heavily satirises The X Factor, on which Halliwell appeared as a guest judge in the UK earlier this year.

The theme of a mother/daughter relationship is also a major part of the plot.

The Spice Girls, all now mothers themselves, previously said they hoped the musical would introduce their music to their young children.

As well as The Spice Girls' group hits, Halliwell's solo single Look At Me and Mel C's I Turn To You also feature.

In the interval Halliwell turned to writer Saunders and said: "You must be so proud."

Mum-of-two Emma Bunton was joined by her eldest son Beau, six, and her long-term partner, former Damage singer turned chef Jade Jones.

Halliwell had six-year-old daughter Bluebell with her while Brown was accompanied by her movie producer husband Stephen Belafonte, and two eldest daughters Phoenix and Angel.