Review Round-up: Is Pammy a Panto Genie-us?
The former Baywatch star, more used to the beaches of California than the icy environs of South London, is playing the Genie of the Lamp in Aladdin for two weeks, before she's succeeded by a succession of stars including Paul O'Grady.
Not wishing to miss such a momentous theatrical event, a scrum of (predominantly male) critics made the journey south last night, and most were impressed with what they saw.
“Still perky enough to represent a challenge to that old panto cry of 'behind you!'” writes Quentin Letts in the Daily Mail, “Because with Pamela they are most definitely 'in front of you!'”. This pretty much set the tone as Anderson and her “double act” predictably gobbled up the column inches.
Letts' male peers were largely in agreement that, despite a “squeaky voice” and questionable acting abilities, Anderson's mere presence, in all her “pneumatic glory”, was worth the trip to SW19. The Guardian's Lyn Gardner was less enamoured, praising the “slick synthetic cheerfulness” of Ian Talbot's production and co-stars including Brian Blessed, but rebuking the blonde bombshell's “truly dazzling lack of effort”.