MICHAEL DIRECTING KING LEAR
Michael is directing Ray Henwood as King Lear, which will be performed at Circa Theatre (Wellington) from 14 May-18 June 2016.
"Circa Theatre celebrates its 40th anniversary in spectacular style, proudly presenting four theatre kings: Lear, Shakespeare, Henwood, and Hurst.
Four hundred years after Shakespeare's death, Ray Henwood, honoured among New Zealand's finest actors, takes on one of the pinnacle theatre roles of all times – King Lear. Henwood will play this colossal figure under the direction of acclaimed Shakespeare master Michael Hurst in his exciting directorial debut at Circa Theatre."
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The production will also feature Ken Blackburn (Gloucester), Carmel McGlone (Goneril), Claire Waldron (Regan), Neenah Dekkers-Reihana (Cordelia), Gavin Rutherford (Lear's Fool), Stephen Papps (Kent), Andrew Paterson (Edgar), Guy Langford (Edmund), Todd Rippon (Albany), and Peter Hambleton (Cornwall).
Theatreview: "Hurst's direction is spectacular. The story is clear, the characters developed … The musty, bleak world is balanced by some very fine comedy – I think a revelation for some in the audience … I adore the whole of the play. It is done with energy, understanding and is compelling. Clearly this is an important event in the Wellington theatrical calendar … I will definitely be going back"
The Dominion Post: "Circa's production, directed by Michael Hurst … comes together with consummate ease in a simple, but innovatively staged version … that nevertheless doesn't distil any of the passion or emotion from the play … a wonderful sense of the epicness of the piece, while focusing on the lyricism of the dislogue … well worth seeing".
Michael talked about the production on Radio New Zealand Concert's Upbeat on 12 April – listen online here. Circa Theatre has posted rehearsal photos on their Facebook page; see them here.
JENNIFER IS DONNA RAFFERTY IN DIRTY LAUNDRY
Jennifer is heading up the cast of the new drama series Dirty Laundry, now being filmed, to air on TVOne later this year. Tai Berdinner-Blades, Tim Carlsen, and Victoria MacCulloch are playing 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".
Watch an early trailer below:
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MICHAEL IS TAKING NO NOLDS BARD TO TAURANGA
Michael will perform his solo show No Holds Bard at the Tauranga arts festival, Escape!, 3-4 June 2016 in the Baycourt X Space at Baycourt Community & Arts Centre. Click here for info; click here to book (tickets on sale from 19 April).
The show is over, the audience has left, and Hamlet comes home to his dingy flat to face the final curtain. But can he make up his mind to do it? Hilarity follows when Macbeth, King Lear, and Othello arrive to help the hapless prince decide whether or not to be or not to be … or not. No Holds Bard is an outrageous – and at times profound – view into one actor's attempt at self destruction.
" … 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!" (Edinburgh Spotlight)
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.
MICHAEL VOICES EMPEROR IZARO IN PATH OF EXILE VIDEO GAME
Michael is the voice of Emperor Izaro in the Path of Exile: Ascendancy expansion pack to be released in March 2016. "Entombed in his own creation, Emperor Izaro lives on. With eternal patience, he is waiting for his invitation to be answered". Learn more here; click here to begin playing Path of Exile.
MICHAEL DIRECTED 800 WORDS
Michael directed episodes 2.3 and 2.4 of 800 Words for South Pacific Pictures/Seven Productions. It stars Erik Thomson, Melina Vidler, and Benso Jack Anthony. Click here for info.
MICHAEL DIRECTED WESTSIDE
In October through December 2015, Michael directed episodes 3, 4, 7 and 8 of the second season of Westside, the prequel of Outrageous Fortune. It stars Antonia Prebble, David De Lautour, Dan Musgrove, and Esther Stephens.
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JENNIFER AND MICHAEL GUEST STAR IN TERRY TEO
Jennifer plays Barbara Bertinelli in the third episode of Terry Teo, a revival of the classic Kiwi TV show, filmed early November 2014. Michael plays Cornelius Jones in one episode, filmed mid-December. The show will air on TV2.
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