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
* AMADEUS

* NO HOLDS BARD
* OUR BIG BLUE BACKYARD
* TATAU
* 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 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

19 January Added Amadeus to homepage

8 January Added dates for Michael's episodes of Tatau, start dates for 800 Words season 2 in NZ and USA, and Michael directing episodes of 800 Words season 3 to homepage

11 December Added link to buy dvd of Our Big Blue Backyard to homepage; added link to book Amadeus to Future Projects

24 November Added Tatau airing in NZ 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, and No Holds Bard at Artworks Theatre to homepage

26 September Added Amadeus to Future Projects

17 August  Added Westside dvd's to homepage

3 August  Added 800 Words trailer 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

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 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 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 on Prime. Episode 6 was shown on 15 January 2017 and episode 7 will be shown on 22 January.


MICHAEL DIRECTING 800 WORDS

Michael directed episodes 2.3, 2.4, 2.9, 2.10, 2.13 and 2.14 of 800 Words.  It will be shown in January 2017 in New Zealand, the USA, and Australia.

USA: On Acorn TV beginning 16 January; click here to watch.
New Zealand: On TVNZ 1 beginning 22 January; click here to watch season 1.
Australia: The first half of the season was shown on Channel 7 in August-October 2016; the second half will return on 31 January 2017 (TBC).

From 20 February to 29 March 2017, Michael will direct episodes 3.3 and 3.4.

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 WESTSIDE

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

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


MICHAEL TO PLAY SALIERI IN AMADEUS

Michael will play Salieri in Amadeus for Auckland Theatre Company, 2-17 May 2017 at ASB Waterfront Theatre, with Ross McCormack as Mozart, directed by Oliver Driver and with musical direction by Leon Radojkovic. Click here to book.

"In Vienne, music is the currency of power and Court Composer Antonio Salieri is the toast of the town. That is until the arrival of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Confronted with true genius, Salieri is consumed with obsessive jealousy, declaring war on God for choosing to speak through this upstart and not him. His mediocrity becomes murderous as he sets out to destroy his potty-mouthed young rival and extinguish the spark of his divine talent.

"Winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Play, Peter Shaffer's psychologically thrilling musical is one of the most famous acclaimed plays of the late twentieth century. With sweeping operatic theatricality, it juxtaposes the petty world of human excess and envy with the transcendent achievements of human artistry and passion".


JENNIFER IN VERMILION

Jennifer will play Darcy in feature film Vermilion, written and directed by Dorthe Scheffmann for MF Films, from late January thru April 2017.


MICHAEL NARRATED OUR BIG BLUE BACKYARD – DVD NOW AVAILABLE

Michael was again the narrator for the second season of documentary series Our Big Blue Backyard, exploring six unique marine locations around New Zealand's coastline. Click here to buy the dvd.


 

 

 

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