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
* 800 WORDS
IN THE US
* CLASSICAL WORLD NEW ZEALAND
* FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN
* FREE THEATRE
* JENNIFER'S TEACHING
* 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?


Michael and Jennifer at Jennifer's
te reo Maori graduation ceremony, 7 June 2017


For Michael news:

      


WHAT'S NEW ON THE SITE

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  Added Free Theatre to homepage; 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  Added Falling in Love Again and Westside season 3 premiere date to homepage; 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; added Michael's interview with Classical World New Zealand to homepage

11 May Added Jennifer's additional teaching to homepage

6 May Added 800 Words on Acorn TV to homepage

29 April Added Michael directing additional episodes of 800 Words to homepage

13 April Added Michael's cameo in Vermilion to homepage

3 April Added Jennifer's teaching to homepage

24 February Added cast and description of Vermilion 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

17 August  Added Westside dvd's to homepage

3 August  Added 800 Words trailer 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.

 


WESTSIDE SEASON 3 IS NOW AIRING ON TV3

Westside is currently airing in New Zealand Mondays at 8:30 p.m. on TV3.  Michael's episodes will air on 24 July (3.3), 31 July (3.4), 21 August (3.7), and 28 August (3.8).

Michael also directed episodes 3, 4, 7, and 8 of season 2, which is available on dvd or On Demand - click here.


JENNIFER TAKING FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN TO AUSTRALIA

Jennifer will be taking her Marlene Dietrich cabaret Falling in Love Again to Queensland, Australia.

On 28 July 2017, she will perform in the Noosa Alive! festival at Noosa Heads, Queensland (click here for info and to book), and on 1 August 2017, in the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville, North Queensland (click here for info and to book).

On 9 September 2017, she brings the show back to Auckland, performing at Uxbridge Theatre in Howick (click here for info and to book).

Jennifer pays tribute to the iconic Marlene Dietrich with songs by Cole Porter, Edith Piaf, Frederic Hollander and Pete Seeger.  Beautifully lit and featuring an exquisite recreation of one of Dietrich's famous gowns, this critically acclaimed cabaret show vividly captures Dietrich's timeless style and glamour.  With Grant Winterburn on piano and Aaron Coddel on bass.


"Ward-Lealand is Marlene in gesture, mood and movement - masterfully capturing her alluring and seductive personality from stage and screen. ... Ward-Lealand's ability to use Dietrich's distinctive and unusual phrasing was magical to listen to ... This show is a stunningly good piece of sophisticated cabaret, hughly rewarding and enjoyable". (Capitol Times)

Click here for additional reviews and more about the show.


JENNIFER NARRATES FREE THEATRE, PREMIERING AT NZ INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Jennifer narrated the documentary film Free Theatre, written and directed by Shirley Horrocks, which is premiering at the New Zealand International Film Festival on Wednesday 26 July (6:15 p.m.) and Friday 28 July (12:15 p.m.) 

Founded by Peter Falkenberg in 1979, Christchurch’s Free Theatre has provided a remarkably persistent alternative to the city’s more vaunted legacy of traditional theatre.  Favouring the event-based over the text-based, Falkenberg has steeped a succession of actors, writers and theatre technicians in the practice of an avant-garde theatre that has strong roots in his native Germany, while being constantly responsive to political and social change.

Click here for more info and to book.


MICHAEL DIRECTING 800 WORDS

Michael is directing episodes 3.11 and 3.12 of 800 Words, mid-June through mid-July 2017.  He previously directed episodes 3.3 and 3.4.

Season 2 is now available on dvd in Australia and New Zealand.  Michael directed episodes 2.3, 2.4, 2.9, 2.10, 2.13 and 2.14.  In North America, the first 2 seasons are available on Acorn TV.  Click here for Acorn TV.

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 TALKS CLASSICS

Michael talks about staging Greek drama in New Zealand in this interview with Classical World New Zealand:

 


JENNIFER'S TEACHING

7-10 August 2017, Flying Solo for The Actors' Program
18-20 August 2017, tutor at Musical Theatre New Zealand Boot Camp, Cambridge
27 September 2017, visiting vocal coach, University of Canterbury School of Music, Christchurch
4 October 2017, workshop for New Zealand Secondary Schools Choir, Christchurch
15 October 2017, Flying Solo for Waihi Dramatic Society


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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