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
* ADVENTURES OF SUZY BOON
* AUCKWARD LOVE
* AN ILIAD
* FRIDAY NIGHT BITES

* HIGH ROAD
* MRS. WARREN'S PROFESSION

* 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 at the
Auckland Theatre Awards, 4 December 2017


For Michael news:

      


WHAT'S NEW ON THE SITE

10 April  Added Otago Daily Times review of An Iliad to homepage

7 April  Added Theatreview review and Otago Daily Times prevew article on An Iliad and High Road to homepage

24 March  Added link to Michael's interview about An Iliad, and the trailer for The Adventures of Suzy Boon season 2 to homepage

10 March  Added release date for The Adventures of Suzy Boon and video of Friday Night Bites to homepage

4 March  Created Judge, Jury & Cookie Monster page; added Mrs. Warren's Profession to homepage

1 March  Added a link to the press release for An Iliad to homepage

1 January  Added An Iliad to homepage

26 December  Created Death Walks into a Bar (2014 short film) page

18 December  Added An Iliad and No Holds Bard to Future Projects

13 November  Added The Adventures of Suzy Boon to homepage

22 October  Added Michael directing episodes of Westside season 4 to homepage; added episodes 3.3 and 3.4 to 800 Words page

22 August  Created DEGNZ - Equity Power Panel page

20 August  Created The Good Word page

14 August  Created Duggan page (Michael and Jennifer had guest-starring roles, 1999)

13 August  Created Shortland Street page

10 August  Created Spartacus: Vengeance page

9 August  Added video interview of Michael talking about Lysistrata, and the connection between ancient and modern tragedy (particularly Edward Albee's The Goat) to Lysistrata page and The Goat page

8 August  Created Honey page (short film, 2002)

16 July  Created A Basement Christmas Carol page

15 July  Created Hauraki Horror page and Nepal Memories page

13 July  Created Sister Wonder Woman page and Love Mussel page

11 July  Created As You Like It workshop at Howick Little Theatre page and The Good Times page

10 July  Created Michael Hurst: Arts in Auckland page and Michael profile on Campbell Live page

9 July  Updated Seeded interview page

8 July  Created Wild Animal Rescue page

6 July  Created Starlight Symphony page, Review Revue with Pride page, and Seating You fundraiser page

5 July  Created View from Olympus page and Hold the Anchovies page

4 July  Created Legend of the Seeker 'Revenant' page (acting), and Power Rangers Ninja Storm page and Power Rangers S.P.D. page (voice acting)

3 July  Created Jack of All Trades 'Shark Bait' (acting) page

2 July  Created Xena (directing) page and Macbeth (Young Auckland Shakespeare Company) page

1 July  Created 'The Director's Story' page, Jack of All Trades (directing) page, and Pericles, Prince of Tyre page

30 June  Created Jesus Christ Superstar page

29 June  Created The Almighty Johnsons (directing) page and The Brokenwood Mysteries page; added behind-the-scenes photos to Generation of Z page and Ash vs Evil Dead page

28 June  Created Legend of the Seeker (directing) page and Step Dave page

27 June  Created Ash vs. Evil Dead page

26 June  Created Tatau page

25 June  Created 800 Words page and Westside page

24 June  Created Club Mystique page

22 June  Created Chicago page

20 June  Created GAPS Arts talk page (including audio of Michael's talk), Dragons Cabtastical page, and The Women page

19 June  Created Verity George Variety Show interview page (including audio of Michael's interview)

11 June  Created The Blind Date Project page

6 June  Created Auckland Daze page

4 June  Created A Midsummer Night's Dream page, Second Afterlife page and Balloons page

3 June  Created Lysistrata page and Future Realities Workshop page

2 June  Created Republic of Waiheke Royal Command Performance page

9 May  Created King Lear (Circa Theatre) page

26 May  Added season 2 to Our Big Blue Backyard page; created High Road page

25 May  Created Amadeus page

13 April Added Michael's cameo in Vermilion to homepage

24 February Added cast and description of Vermilion to homepage

 

 

 



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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.

 


MICHAEL STARRING IN AN ILIAD

Michael is the sole actor in An Iliad by Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare, directed by Jonathon Hendry, at Fortune Theatre, Dunedin, on 7-21 April 2018.  Shayne P. Carter is the composer and on-stage musician.  Click here to book.

REVIEWS

Theatreview:  "An Iliad is sublime theatre the like of which we rarely see, centred round a towering performance by Michael Hurst that may well itself pass into legend.  Experience it, feast your fill. … An epic feast fit for kings indeed.  If Edinburgh is the professed Athens of the North, and Dunedin the Edinburgh of the South, then surely we have a claim to the Iliad, and can hardly call ourselves citizens of one of the world's Cities of Literature without seizing this glorious opportunity to witness Homer's masterpiece, flawlessly enacted by a master storyteller".

Otago Daily Times: "Michael Hurst’s performance amazes, combining the weariness of a traveller who has been everywhere and seen too much with the enthusiasm of an inspired teacher. ... Saturday night’s audience was transfixed for every one of the 90-plus minutes".

Michael was on Otago Access Radio on 22 March talking about the show; listen online here.  Or click here to read an article on the Otago Daily Times' site.  Watch an interview below from Channel 39 (includes rehearsal footage):

Homer's epic masterpiece, The Iliad, is condensed into an intimate, incisive, urgent evening of theatre.  A sole performer is joined on stage by a musician to tell the tale of the great Trojan War and Achilles' victory over brave Hector.  This sweeping and powerful story collides with our world and delivers startlingly modern results.  Has anything really changed?

Musical virtuosity combines with exceptional storytelling to create a theatrical experience like no other.


JENNIFER TO STAR IN MRS. WARREN'S PROFESSION

Jennifer will star in George Barnard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession for Auckland Theatre Company, 1-16 May 2018 at ASB Waterfront Theatre.  It will also feature Stephen Lovatt, Cameron Rhodes, Jack Buchanan, Karin McCracken, Tawanda Manyimo, and Hadassah Grace.  It will be directed by Eleanor Bishop, with design by Tracy Grant Lord.  Click here to book.

"There are no secrets better kept than the secrets that everybody guesses".  So says Mrs. Warren, a genial yet formidable woman whose clever young daughter Vivie has just graduated from university.  However, when Vivie discovers that her expensive education was funded by her mother's earnings from a string of brothels, Vivie's thoroughly modern worldview is thrown into tumult.

Written in 1893, Mrs. Warren's Profession was originally banned by the censors for its subject matter and the hypocrisies it exposed.  What continues to shock is how old taboos stay topical and how little things have changed.  Celebrated New Zealand theatre-maker Eleanor Bishop returns from New York to direct her own version of this rarely-performed classic that takes a contemporary lens to centuries-old questions of sexuality and empowerment.

Join Mrs. Warren for a liberating evening of smart comedy, social commentary and sophisticated scandal.


JENNIFER IN HIGH ROAD

Jennifer guest starred in NZ web series High Road in 2014.  The series has been re-edited into full-length episodes and is now available on Lightbox.  Jennifer plays Camilla Harrison-Smyth in episodes 1.7 and 1.8.  Click here to watch (NZ only).


JENNIFER GUEST STARS IN FRIDAY NIGHT BITES

Jennifer is the featured guest in episode 2.7, "Beyond Youth Inc.", of Friday Night Bites.  Watch it below, or watch the whole series here

 


JENNIFER AND MICHAEL IN THE ADVENTURES OF SUZY BOON

Jennifer plays Warden Touro in all six episodes of the second season of The Adventures of Suzy Boon, and Michael has a cameo in last episode, playing himself.  It was filmed in December 2017, and will be released 30 March 2018 on TVNZ OnDemand.  

The series stars Kura Forrester as Suzy Boon.  Click here to watch the first season.

 


MICHAEL DIRECTED 800 WORDS

In season 3, Michael directed episodes 3, 4, 11 and 12.  The first half of the season has aired in Australia and New Zealand, with the second half of the season scheduled to air in 2018.  

Season 2 is now available on dvd.  Michael directed episodes 2.3, 2.4, 2.9, 2.10, 2.13 and 2.14.  In North America, it is currently airing on PBS stations.

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


MICHAEL DIRECTED WESTSIDE

Michael is directing episodes 4.7 and 4.8 from 20 November 2017 until mid-January 2018.

Westside season 3 is available on dvd.  Michael directed episodes 3, 4, 7 and 8.


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.


 

 

 

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