Michael Hurst Now.com

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
* THE ACTORS' PROGRAM
* AUCKWARD LOVE
* BALLOONS

* DIRTY LAUNDRY
* DRAGONS: CABTASTICAL

* HIGH ROAD
* JUBILATION
* LOST HOPE
* NO HOLDS BARD
* OUR BIG BLUE BACKYARD
* TERRY TEO


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

26 September Added Our Big Blue Backyard, Dragons: Cabtastical, link to watch Auckward Love, and No Holds Bard interview to homepage; added Amadeus to Future Projects

3 September  Added video to Jubilation, detail to Actors' Program short film on homepage

30 August  Added Jennifer singing with Jubilation to homepage

17 August  Added Westside dvd's to homepage

4 August  Added No Holds Bard at Hawke's Bay Arts Festival to homepage

3 August  Added 800 Words trailer to homepage

15 July  Added Terry Teo review to homepage

28 June  Added Terry Teo trailer to homepage

6 June  Added Michael in High Road, Jennifer in Auckward Love, Michael directing The Actors' Program short film, and Jennifer's teaching to homepage

21 April  Added Dirty Laundry trailer to homepage

9 February  Added Dirty Laundry 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

9 November  Added Michael guest starring in Terry Teo to homepage

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.

 

NO HOLDS BARD IN HAWKE'S BAY

Michael will perform his solo show at Hawke's Bay Arts Festival, 10 October 2016, 7:30 p.m. (book)

Driven to the brink by the infidelity of his wife and a lack of acting opportunities, an aging thespian confronts his demons in what he hopes will be a final "dark night of the soul".  The problem is, his demons are as crazy as he is. 

A glorious tour de force in which four of Shakespeare's greatest creations (a foul-mouthed Macbeth, a confused Hamlet, a know-it-all Othello, and a really hungry King Lear) come kicking and screaming into the bursting, deranged brain of a single man.  An outrageous and at times profound view into one actor's attempt at self-destruction.

Edinburgh Spotlight:  " … a tsunami of a performance … feats of physical and mental ingenuity.  It elicits gasps as well as laughs, and shifts acrobatically between comedy of an almost stand-up nature and emotionally-rooted tragedy.  A breath of fresh Shakespeare air and a comedic head-bashing all in one!"

Michael was on Jesse Mulligan's show on Radio NZ on 13 September talking No Holds Bard, including doing a but of diakogue from the show. He also talks anout directing the short film Balloons.

 

Click here for the No Holds Bard website.


MICHAEL TO BE A GUEST PERFORMER IN DRAGONS: CABTASTICAL

Michael will be one of the "Baby Dragons (i.e. willing/forced celebrities)" transformed into "drag Superstars" at Dragons: Cabtastical, part of the Auckland International Cabaret Festival. At The Basement, 1 October 2016, 10 p.m.; click here for info and to book.


JENNIFER IS DONNA RAFFERTY IN DIRTY LAUNDRY

Jennifer is heading up the cast of the new drama series Dirty Laundry, which is airing Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m.  Victoria MacCulloch, Tim Carlsen, and Tai Berdinner-Blades play her children.

From the New Zealand Herald:

"In the series, Ward-Lealand's character Donna has been channelling ill-gotten gains through various busniesses for years, but when the police cart her off to the slammer, the revelation mum is a doyenne of crime comes as a complete surprise to her family.

"The shell-shocked Raffertys are left to fend for themselves and face the possibility they can't afford their comfortable middle-class lifestyle".

Click here for the whole article.

Watch the trailer below:

 


JENNIFER SINGING WITH JUBILATION

Jennifer will sing with Jubilation a cappella gospel choir at Artworks Theatre, Waiheke, on 1 October 2016.  Click here to book. 


 

JENNIFER IN AUCKWARD LOVE

Jennifer plays Barbara in episodes 2.1 and 2.5 of webseries Auckward Love.

The show premiered on TVNZ On Demand on 22 September 2016. Click here to watch.


 MICHAEL DIRECTED 800 WORDS

Michael directed episodes 2.3, 2.4, 2.9, 2.10, 2.13 and 2.14 of 800 Words.  The show is airing in Australia Tuesdays at 8:45 p.m. on Channel 7; episode 2.9 will air 18 October.  The series will be shown at a later date in New Zealand. 

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


MICHAEL DIRECTING SHORT FILM FOR THE ACTORS' PROGRAM

Michael is directing Balloons, The Actors' Program short film for 2016, in September 2016.  It is written by former Actors' Program alum Jess Sayer, and produced by votre arme.


WESTSIDE NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD

Season 2 of Westside was released on dvd 18 August 2016.  Michael directed episodes 3, 4, 7, and 8. 


MICHAEL NARRATED OUR BIG BLUE BACKYARD

Michael narrated the documentary series Our Big Blue Backyard which explores unique marine locations around New Zealand's coastline. Season 2 will air Sundays at 7:30 p.m. on TVOne beginning 30 October 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Click here for the show's Facebook page.


JENNIFER AND MICHAEL GUEST STAR ON TERRY TEO

Jennifer plays Barbara Bertinelli in the third episode of Terry Teo, a revival of the classic Kiwi TV show.  Michael plays Cornelius Jones in the fourth episode.

They will be available on TVNZ On Demand beginning Tuesday 19 July 2016, and will be shown on TV2 later in the year.  The first two episodes are available from 12 July; click here to watch.

Review:  "Terry Teo is an effortless reboot that's perfectly pitched for its modern audience and the old-school fans.  It pulls off the neat trick of being both familiar and new.  It's a winner".

 


MICHAEL IN HIGH ROAD

In May Michael did a guest role for the third season of High Road web series.  Click here for info and to watch the first two seasons.


MICHAEL VOICES CAPTAIN REINER IN LOST HOPE

Michael is the voice of Captain Reiner in animated sci-fi comedy Lost Hope.  The series is in development.  Click here for more about Lost Hope. 


 

 

 

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