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This website was created to showcase the post-Hercules career of New Zealand actor and director, Michael Hurst.  We will also announce the professional activities of Michael's wife, Jennifer Ward-Lealand . . . More


HOMEPAGE / CURRENT PROJECTS INDEX

* 800 WORDS
* 800 WORDS
IN THE US
* AMADEUS
* FIND ME A MAORI BRIDE
* JENNIFER'S TEACHING
* JENNIFER'S SPEAKING
* VERMILION
* WESTSIDE


Look beyond the homepage--use the links below to explore Michael's career:

ALPHABETICAL INDEX       RECENT PROJECTS         FUTURE PROJECTS

MICHAEL ON TV IN THE 80'S: NEW ZEALAND ONSCREEN

RADIO INTERVIEWS            WHAT'S AVAILABLE ON DVD

 


Photo: Tracey Stevens


  

WHAT'S NEW ON THE SITE?


Jennifer and Michael are the Patrons of Q Theatre;
seen here at One Night with Q, 7 June 2012.


For Michael news:

      


WHAT'S NEW ON THE SITE

11 May Added GayExpress review of Amadeus, Jennifer's speaking engagements and additional teaching to homepage

7 May Added NBR review of Amadeus to homepage

6 May Added Find Me a Maori Bride, Future Realities workshop, 800 Words on Acorn TV and Theatrevieew and Broadway World reviews of Amadeus to homepage

29 April Added Amadeus extension and video of Michael on The Cafe, plus Michael directing additional episodes of 800 Words to homepage

13 April Added names of Amadeus band members, Michael's cameo in Vermilion, 800 Words dvd release date in New Zealand, and Jennifer teaching for The Actors' Program to homepage

3 April Added Jennifer's teaching to homepage

24 February Added cast and description of Vermilion to homepage

19 January Added Amadeus to homepage

8 January Added Michael directing episodes of 800 Words season 3 to homepage

12 November Added Michael's Westside episodes and Westside season 3 picture to homepage

29 October Added Michael directing in third season of Westside to homepage

26 September Added Amadeus to Future Projects

17 August  Added Westside dvd's to homepage

3 August  Added 800 Words trailer to homepage

26 January  Added Michael directing 800 Wordsto homepage

31 August  Created Oz Comic-Con page

30 August  Created An Evening with Alan Cumming (video) page and Equity Green Room: Sex & Nudity on Stage and Screen: What is Right and How to Empower Yourself (video) page

27 March  Created The Lady Killers page

24 January  Created Our Big Blue Backyard page and Undercover Rescue page

10 September  Created Spartacus Overview page, summarizing Michael's contributions to Starz' Spartacus series (with links to individual episode pages)

 

 

 



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This is not an official site, but we will keep it current with news of Michael's professional activities, as well as an archive of his projects.  We will also announce the professional activities of Michael's wife, Jennifer Ward-Lealand; see her official site for more on her career.

See also:  Michael's curriculum vitae on his official website: www.michaelhurst.co.nz and his listing on IMDB.  Michael is represented by Johnson & Laird Management.

 


AMADEUS
EXTENDED!

Michael is playing Salieri in Amadeus for Auckland Theatre Company, 2-20 May 2017 at ASB Waterfront Theatre, with Ross McCormack as Mozart, featuring Morgana O'Reilly, Byron Coll, Laughton Kora, Kura Forrester, and Madison Nonoa, plus a band consisting of Robin Kelly, Abe Kunin, Jonathan Burges, Tom Broome, Peau Halapua, Miyo Yoon, Joseph Harrop, Rachel Wells, Scott Thomas, and Finn Scholes. The play will be directed by Oliver Driver with musical direction by Leon Radojkovic.

Reviews

Theatreview: "Michael Hurst, in the pitoval role of Salieri, is playwright Peter Shaffer's textual instrument, delivering with unfaltring energy and intelligence the existential questions posed in the brilliant invention that is Amadeus. … Hurst is magnificent, sometimes coiled as a spring of Machiavellian manipulation and evil wound up and ready to erupt in an intense soliloquy (something of which he is a master), other times oiling the audience as he addresses us, the 'ghosts of the future' seeking not forgiveness for his Salieri, but understanding. … it is a most entertaining night out. … with the virtuoso performance of Michael Hurst as Salieri offering a masterclass in energy, character distillation and conviction. It will be one of the most talked-about theatre pieces of the year".

Broadway World: "well deserved standing ovation … Michael Hurst (is) the 'master of the piece' as the self obsessed Salieri tormented by desire for personal fame and fortune … This truly is a must-see show".

NBR: "the brilliant Michael Hurst … is a force to be reckoned with. For his performance alone, Amadeus is worth the watch. He is compelling, dripping with resentment and shaking with passion that wages war not with Mozart but through him toward God".

GayExpress: "Must See Mozart … rests heavily on Hurst’s Salieri and his brooding rage. His performance feels weighty and dark and is balanced perfectly by McCormack’s dancing, pompous Mozart and Madison Nonoa’s elegant embodiment of both men’s muse, Katerina Cavalieri".

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"In Vienne, music is the currency of power and Court Composer Antonio Salieri is the toast of the town. That is until the arrival of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Confronted with true genius, Salieri is consumed with obsessive jealousy, declaring war on God for choosing to speak through this upstart and not him. His mediocrity becomes murderous as he sets out to destroy his potty-mouthed young rival and extinguish the spark of his divine talent.

"Winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Play, Peter Shaffer's psychologically thrilling musical is one of the most famous acclaimed plays of the late twentieth century. With sweeping operatic theatricality, it juxtaposes the petty world of human excess and envy with the transcendent achievements of human artistry and passion".

Michael, Morgana O'Reilly, and Oliver Driver were on The Cafe on 28 April 2017, talking about Amadeus:

Michael was also interviewed on Coast where he talked about Amadeus, the new ASB Waterfront Theatre, 800 Words – and his new e-bike! Listen online here.

Michael was featured in The Questionnaire interview in the Sunday Star-Times on 7 May 2017:

"What life lesson would you pass on to your children?"
"
The only way out is through. What goes around comes around. Honesty is the best policy. Eyes open. Don't be a dick".

Read the whole interview here.


FIND ME A MAORI BRIDE RETURNS

Season 2 of Find Me a Maori Bride is now airing Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. (with a repeat Sunday at 1 p.m.) on Maori TV. Jennifer returns with her role as narrator. Click here for info and to watch episodes on demand.


800 WORDS RETURNS TO ACORN TV IN THE US

The second half of season 2 of 800 Words will begin streaming on Acorn TV on 29 May 2017, beginning wih episode 2.9. Michael directed episodes 2.9, 2.10, 2.13, and 2.14. Click here for Acorn TV.


JENNIFER'S TEACHING

Jennifer will teach her masterclass The Craft of Acting:

20 May 2017 for Trinity College at Samoa House, Auckland
27 May 2017 for Trinity College at The Piano, Christchurch
16 June 2017 for Equity New Zealand at St. Columba Centre, Ponsonby

She will also teach Flying Solo for The Actors' Program on 7-10 August 2017, and will be a tutor at Musical Theatre New Zealand Boot Camp in Cambridge on 18-20 August 2017.

Click here for info.


JENNIFER'S SPEAKING

Jennifer has the following speaking engagements:

25 May 2017 – Women in Leadership at Unitec
14 June 2017 – Churchill Park Ladies Probus Club
19 June 2017 – Henderson
Probus Club


JENNIFER STARS IN VERMILION

Jennifer plays Darcy in feature film Vermilion, which completed filming on 10 April 2017. It also stars Theresa Healey, Goretti Chadwick, Peter Feeney, and Emily Campbell (and a cameo by Michael Hurst!) It is written and directed by Dorthe Scheffmann and produced by Michele Fantl.

Vermilion tells the story of a group of women who are close to each other – mothers, daughters, friends and neighbors. Some of their relationships are good and some are broken. The events of one summer month changes their lives forever.

Click here for the NZ Film Commission's press release on Vermilion.


MICHAEL DIRECTED WESTSIDE

Michael directed episodes 3, 4, 7, and 8 of the third season of Westside, from late October 2016 through early February 2017. It will air later in 2017.

Season 2 of Westside was released on dvd 18 August 2016. Michael directed 4 episodes.


MICHAEL DIRECTED 800 WORDS

Michael directed episodes 2.3, 2.4, 2.9, 2.10, 2.13 and 2.14 of 800 Words, which have aired in Australia and New Zealand. Season 2 is now available on dvd in Australia and New Zealand.

Michael also directed episodes 3 and 4 in season 3 from late February to mid-April 2017, and will direct additional episodes beginning mid-June 2017.

800 Words is produced by South Pacific Pictures/Seven Productions.  It stars Erik Thomson, Melina Vidler, and Benson Jack Anthony.  Click here for info.


 

 

 

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