The bright red 220-seat pop-up space outside the dull grey Southbank Centre was planned as a one-year project, but it’s been so popular that they’re keeping it until 2017. But the National only licensed the name “The Shed” (which belongs to a small venue in Yorkshire) through last month. What’ll they call it now?
“There are so many possibilities. So many mistakes that artists make – like not taking the business side of art seriously or only taking it seriously in the middle of a crisis when, as I mentioned in my last post, it is too late. Or romanticizing the ‘starving artist’ notion. Or allowing themselves to become resentful of other artists’ success. I could go on.”
“Noël Coward still remains the West End’s most represented playwright, with Blithe Spirit and the mind-bogglingly creaky Relative Values both currently playing. The latter would suggest that there is really not all that much difference between the theatre of the early 1950s and that of the 21st century.”
“Among Amazon’s tactics against Hachette, some of which it has been employing for months, are charging more for its books and suggesting that readers might enjoy instead a book from another author. If customers for some reason persist and buy a Hachette book anyway, Amazon is saying it will take weeks to deliver it.”
So much for instant drone delivery: “The affected books are a mixture of new and old. A just-published memoir, ‘Everybody’s Got Something,’ by the ‘Good Morning America’ anchor Robin Roberts, is taking as long as three weeks to ship, customers were told. So is Stephen Colbert’s ‘America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t.’”