The annual list of the great and good who have fallen out of favou also includes such famous people as disgraced cyclist Lance Armstong, MP and reality TV contestant Nadine Dorries and former director of the CIA David Petraeus, The Telegraph reports.
Outlining “society offenders who might well be underground”, the mischievous list is read by character Ko-Ko and states those involved would “never” be missed by the British public, as they embroiled in public scandals.
It the first time the mocking list, compiled by Richard Suart, the 61-year-old actor and opera singer playing High Executioner Ko-Ko, has been unveiled to public.
According to reports, this year’s list differs from its earlier versions of the Gilbert and Sullivan opera, which more tactfully criticised only wider groups of people such as “those with irritating laughs”.
The opera will take aim at younger sister of Britain’s Duchess Catherine, Pippa Middleton, whose new book ‘Celebrate’ has been criticised for both poor sales and content.
The verse mocking Pippa reads: “And the sister of the Duchess who has brought out a new book/ It’s not sold well at all but her back cover’s worth a look.”
To be fair though, Pippa’s book which gives plenty pirces of advice aimed to organize party didn’t exactly live up to the $600,000 advance she reportedly received to write it, selling a mere 2,000 copies in its first week.
As The Huffington Post writes, the royal author even felt the need to confront critics by penning an essay for The Telegraph explaining its oft-mocked content.
Amazon is selling Niddleton’s book at £12.50, half the £25 cover price, and even Party Pieces has discounted copies signed by the author to £19.99 – though the company promises a £5 donation to charity for every sale.
The review of ‘Celebrate’, submitted by a website customer, starts well enough. “Nice photographs. Layout and presentation has encouraged my four and seven-year-olds to help with Halloween party preparations.”
But it goes on: “Not a lot of original information, however, this is a nice book to have on the coffee table to browse.”
Compare the book with Jamie Oliver’s new tome, Jamie’s 15-minute Meals, which is selling around 40,000 copies a week and has sold more than 200,000 since its launch last month.
Pippa’s 416-page book – released on October 25 – had fallen to 189th on the Amazon bestseller list and it was being outsold by ‘The Highway Code’ and a Tom Daley calendar, Royal Blog informs.
Other lines of Mikado’s list refer to “Pooh Bah Patten who attempts to chair the BBC” and the former director-general George Entwistle.
More subtle references include “that MP who’s no longer a TV Celebrity”, “the Speaker’s wife who wore a sheet and preaches Trial by Twitter” and the “Tour de France competitor who’s doping’s just been caught”.
Saying it would include “anybody who has slightly stepped out of line or fallen off their pedestal” this year, Suart said that he believed to get away with singing his scathing list in the spirit of good fun.
“Some people are very generous about appearing,” he said. “Others I fear may never speak to me again.”
The Mikado is scheduled to open at the London Coliseum on December 1 for 12 performances.