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Pamela Anderson to guest star in British panto

Canadian actress Pamela Anderson will take on a British holiday season tradition this year, after being cast this week in a London theatre's annual pantomime.
Entertainer Pamela Anderson, seen in Los Angeles on Sunday, will make her panto debut in London this December. ((Mario Anzuoni/Reuters))
Canadian actress Pamela Anderson will take on a British holiday season tradition this year, after being cast this week in a London theatre's annual pantomime.

Anderson, 42, will appear as the Genie of the Lamp in the New Wimbledon Theatre's Aladdin panto — the family-friendly theatrical form that typical re-enacts fairy tales, but skewers them with jokes, singing, general silliness, cross-dressing, engaging with theatregoers and mild innuendo. The form is most popular in the U.K., but is also performed in other countries such as Canada and Australia. 

"Stupid jokes, interacting with the audience, double entendres, irresponsible fun and making kids laugh. Just my cup of tea and I cannot wait to start," Anderson, who was born in Ladysmith, B.C., said following the announcement.

Show producer Kevin Wood of Family First Entertainment called the casting "a major coup."

He added that Anderson would be accompanied by her family during the two-week stint in London.

The former Playboy Playmate and star of TV's Baywatch and V.I.P. will appear in the panto from Dec. 13 through Dec. 27. British comedian and host Paul O'Grady takes over the role from Jan. 5 to 10, with the other guest actors yet to be announced.

British actor Brian Blessed heads the core cast as the villain Abanazar.

Organizers would not disclose how much Anderson would be paid, but other Hollywood stars who have taken guest turn in pantos have been paid the minimum union wage for their roles.

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