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

* HIGH ROAD
* HUDSON & HALLS LIVE!
* NO HOLDS BARD
* THE OPENING NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
* OUR BIG BLUE BACKYARD
* TATAU
* TERRY TEO
* 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

3 December Added The Opening Night Before Christmas to homepage

24 November Added Tatau airing in NZ and Terry Teo airing on TVNZ 2 to homepage

12 November Added Michael's Westside episodes and Westside season 3 picture, Michael's High Road episode, and Hudson & Halls Live! photo to homepage

29 October Added Michael directing in third season of Westside, premiere date for High Road, Jennifer directing Hudson & Halls Live!, and No Holds Bard at Artworks Theatre to homepage; added Ash vs Evil Dead to Future Projects

26 September Added Our Big Blue Backyard and link to watch Auckward Love to homepage; added Amadeus to Future Projects

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

17 August  Added Westside dvd's 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, and Michael directing The Actors' Program short film 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.

 

MICHAEL AND JENNIFER GUEST STAR INTERRY TEO

Jennifer plays Barbara Bertinelli in the third episode (4 December 2016), and Michael plays Cornelius Jones in the fourth episode (11 December 2016) of Terry Teo, a revival of the classic Kiwi TV show.

Available on TVNZ On Demand since July 2016, it is now being shown on TVNZ 2 on Sundays at 7 p.m..

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".


JENNIFER IN THE OPENING NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Jennifer will be a celebrity guest in this year's Basement Christmas show on 13 December 2016 at 7:00p.m.

"Waiting for Guffman meets Love Actually as a small town community theatre group has just 24 hours to rehearse their show, and get it ready for opening night – the biggest highlight on Levin's calendar. Tensions run high as the show's Broadway-aspiring director pushes for a new high-concept, Santa-free drama, while love blossoms backstage, and the stage manager plans a coup".

Click here to book. The full season runs 2-22 December 2016, with other celebrity guests on other nights.


MICHAEL DIRECTED TATAU

Michael is the director of episodes 6 and 7 of the BBC/South Pacific Pictures series Tatau. It has already been shown in the UK, and is now airing in New Zealand on Sundays at 10:30 p.m. on Prime, beginning 4 December 2016.


MICHAEL BRINGS NO HOLDS BARD BACK TO WAIHEKE

After selling out at Artworks Theatre in September, Michael is bringing No Holds Bard back on 27 and 28 January 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Click here to 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!"

Click here for the No Holds Bard website.

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.

 


MICHAEL NARRATES OUR BIG BLUE BACKYARD

Michael is the narrator again for the second season of documentary series Our Big Blue Backyard, exploring six unique marine locations around New Zealand's coastline. It airs Sundays at 7:30 p.m. Click here for the show's Facebook page.


MICHAEL DIRECTING WESTSIDE

Michael is directing episodes 3, 4, 7, and 8 of the third season of Westside, from late October 2016 – January 2017.

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


MICHAEL IN HIGH ROAD

Michael has a guest role in episode 3.4 of High Road web series, released 5 November 2016.  Watch it below.

Click here to watch all episodes; click here to read the story behind the show.

 


JENNIFER DIRECTED HUDSON & HALLS LIVE!

Jennifer is director assist for the return season of Kip Chapman's Hudson & Halls Live!. It will be performed at Hannah Playhouse (Wellington) 15 November – 10 December 2016, starring Kip Chapman, Chris Parker, and Anya Tate-Manning, with design by Daniel Williams, Elizabeth Whiting, and Sean Lynch. Click here to book.


MICHAEL DIRECTED BALLOONS FOR THE ACTORS' PROGRAM

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


 

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 first half of the season was shown on Channel 7 (Australia) in August-October 2016; the second half will be shown at a later date.  In New Zealand, the series will be shown in 2017.

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


 

 

 

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