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

* DIRTY LAUNDRY
* 800 WORDS
* KING LEAR
* LOST HOPE
* NO HOLDS BARD
* PATH OF EXILE
* 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.


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WHAT'S NEW ON THE SITE

21 April  Added Dirty Laundry trailer and links to King Lear interview and rehearsal photos to homepage

21 March  Added No Holds Bard in Tauranga to homepage

8 March  Added King Lear cast to homepage

9 February  Added Dirty Laundry to homepage

26 January  Added Michael directing 800 Words, Lost Hope Kickstarter video to homepage; added 800 Words to Future Projects

4 January  Added King Lear to homepage

26 December  Added Path of Exile: Ascendancy to homepage

19 December  Added Michael directing King Lear to Future Projects

13 September  Added Westside to 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

29 August  Added Michael directing Westside to Future Projects

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 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."

Click here for info and to book.


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).

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:

 

Click here for the whole article.


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 and crowd-funding on Kickstarter.  Click here for more about Lost Hope, or here to donate.

 


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.

Click here for info.


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.

Click here for info.


 

 

 

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