Pamela Anderson has opened in her stint as Genie in the Lamp in a pantomime production of Aladdin at the New Wimbledon Theatre. She continues in the production through December 27. After her run, the role will be played by the star of BBC's EastEnders, Anita Dobson (December 28 - January 3) and comedian talk show host Paul O'Grady (January 5-10). The production also features stage veteran Brian Blessed, who plays the evil Abanazar.

After delaying her first performance for two days, Anderson has appeared in front of London's critics, who have coolly greeted the former Baywatch star.

Among the reviews are:

Daily Telegraph
Pamela Anderson in Aladdin at the Wimbledon Theatre: review
"Though Anderson has a talent far smaller than her bust, she proves a good sport in the show too. She makes her entrance as the Genie of the Lamp almost an hour into the proceedings, descending on a trapeze cum-surfboard and wearing a figure revealing scarlet swim-suit improbably teamed with mauve sequined stilettos. Her squeaky voice is a pale imitation of Marilyn Monroe's, and no one, or at least no one in their right mind, could describe her as a good actress. But I rather fell for the way her initial sultry pouts gave way to innocent grins of pleasure at appearing in so daft a show."

The Guardian
Pamela Anderson in Aladdin | Theatre review
"Anderson doesn't act. Indeed, she barely even walks, being repeatedly airlifted down from the ceiling on a silver swing. She just is. This isn't a performance - it's a personal appearance, one that's all hyper-white teeth and flash-bulb smiles. She's perfectly genial, but she's never close to being the Genie."

The Times
Aladdin at the New Wimbledon theatre, SW19
"As for Anderson, well, her prime function is sensuously, sinuously to palpitate, undulate, wiggle, wriggle, and told that evil hands all around are desperate to get hold of all she owns, to clutch with a smile at those celebrated boobs. All this she does well. A pity she has to speak too."

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