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

* THE ALMIGHTY JOHNSONS
* THE BROKENWOOD MYSTERIES

* CIRCA THEATRE FUNDRAISER
* GENERATION OF Z
* HIGH ROAD
* HOWICK LITTLE THEATRE
* INORGANIC
* NEW ZEALAND BOOK AWARDS
* NO HOLDS BARD
* OUR BIG BLUE BACKYARD
* PROBUS PAKURANGA
* SPARTACUS
* TREES BENEATH THE LAKE
* ZONTA CLUB OF EAST AUCKLAND


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 August  Added No Holds Bard at Arts Festival Dunedin to homepage

19 August  Added link to the press release for Trees Beneath the Lake; added Jennifer speaking at Zonta Club of East Auckland and at Probus Pakuranga to homepage

11 August  Created An Unseasaonable Fall of Snow page, added Circa Theatre fundraiser and NZ Book Awards to homepage

5 August  Added design team for Trees Beneath the Lake to homepage

4 August  Added Trees Beneath the Lake and Jennifer teaching at Howick Little Theatre to homepage

27 July  Added Jennifer speaking at AUT to homepage

25 July  Added the name of Michael's Brokenwood Mysteries episode to homepage

22 July  Added link to Jennifer's profile on Native Affairs to homepage

19 July  Added Jennifer's profile on Native Affairs to homepage

15 July  Added A Midsummer Night's Dream to Future Projects

13 July  Added dates for Michael's Spartacus episodes airing on SyFy and Inorganic going to Badalona Film Festival to homepage

10 July  Added Blu-ray and dvd release info for Spartacus: The Complete Series to homepage

7 July  Created The Man Whose Mother Was a Pirate page

3 July  Added descripton and new photo for Brokenwood Mysteries to homepage

27 June  Added video snippets of the play to King Lear page

24 June  Created Swept Away by the Romantics page

23 June  Created Luncheon and Jews Brothers Bloomsday pages

22 June  Created Creative Mornings page

20 June  Added High Road to homepage

5 June  Added link to Almighty Johnsons press release to homepage

1 June  Added Lost Hope to Future Projects

16 May  Added The Jews Brothers' Bloomsday to homepage

19 April  Added The Brokenwood Mysteries to homepage

17 March  Updated Brel page with photos from 4 March performance at Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall; added Jennifer teaching Flying Solo masterclass at Hamilton Operatic Society to homepage

9 March  Added pic of Jennifer teaching for Hamilton Operatic Society to homepage

5 March  Updated Brel page with 2014 reviews and video interview with Jennifer and Julia

29 December  Added Gather and Hunt review of King Lear to King Lear page

21 October  Added Nelson Mail and Theatreview reviews of Brel in Nelson to Brel page

11 October  Added Almighty Johnsons season 3 dvd's to homepage

30 September  Created Spartacus: War of the Damned 'Decimation' page, with screen caps, cast list, etc.

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 TO STAR IN TREES BENEATH THE LAKE

Michael will star as William Campbell in the world premiere of Arthur Meek's Trees Beneath the Lake for Auckland Theatre Company at Maidment Theatre, 4-27 September 2014.  With Theresa Healey, Catherine Wilkin, Brooke Williams, Peter Hayden and Leighton Stichbury; directed by Simon Bennett, with design by Tracey Collins, Sara Taylor, and Phillip Dexter.

Read press release here; click here for info and to book.

In the aftermath of the global recession, former golden boy William Campbell's political dreams and financual practices have hit the rocks.  Facing an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office, he returns to his mother Nieve's central Otago home in a last-ditch effort to salvage his marriage, fortune and reputation.  However, the place is not what it used to be.  Years ago the Campbells lost their battle to save the family orchard from being flooded beneath the waters of the Clyde Dam.  Now, as Nieve's family reconvenes to fight for their future, the fiercely-proud matriarch accidentally shines a devastating new light on their past.

Past and present collide and startling revelations rip through genteel pleasantries, as a family steels itself once more for a fight to hold onto the past. Trees Beneath the Lake examines the fictions we tell ourselves and those we love in order to keep our personal stocks high.

Urgent, relevant, and dramatic.


 


GENERATION OF Z AT EDINBURGH

Michael directed The Generation of Z for Royale Productions which is being performed at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 31 July-25 August 2014.  Click here for info and to book. 

This show was previously called Zombie: Red Zone when it was performed in Christchurch, New Zealand.



MICHAEL AND JENNIFER TO PERFORM IN FUNDRAISER FOR CIRCA THEATRE

Michael and Jennifer will be performing, alongside George Henare, Ray Henwood, Jeffrey Thomas, and Awhimai Fraser, in the 'Seating You' fundraiser for Circa Theatre, Wellington, on 31 August 2014. 

All proceeds will go toward Circa's 'Millionth Bum' campaign to upgrade their theatre seats. 

Click here for info and to book.


JENNIFER TO HOST BOOK AWARDS

Jennifer will host the NZ Post Book Awards Ceremony on 27 August 2015 at Te Papa in Wellington.


JENNIFER'S SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Jennifer will be speaking at Zonta Club of East Auckland's charity dinner at Pakuranga Golf Club on 13 September 2014, and at Probus Pakuranga on 8 September 2014.


THE ALMIGHTY JOHNSONS BEING SHOWN FRIDAY NIGHTS ON SYFY

The Almighty Johnsons was picked up by Syfy and had its US premiere on Friday 11 July.  Click here for press release.

Michael guest stars as Kvasir in episodes 2.1 and 2.11-2.13; click here for screen caps.

Jennifer plays Michele's mother Karen in episode 3.4-3.6, and Michael directed episodes 3.7 and 3.8.  Click here for more info on the show.

 


JENNIFER'S TEACHING

Jennifer will teach her masterclass The Craft of Acting at Howick Little Theatre on 30-31 August 2014. 

Click here for info and to register.


NO HOLDS BARD AT ARTS FESTIVAL DUNEDIN

Michael will perform his solo show No Holds Bard at Fortune Theatre on 15-18 October 2014.  Click here for info; click here to book.

REVIEWS

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!"

Broadway Baby:  "Hurst is the quintessential stage performer ... No Holds Bard is incredibly riveting and utterly entertaining; a breathtakingly visionary and deeply emotional theatrical masterpiece"

SG Fringe:  "Michael Hurst gives a bravura performance of immense energy and intensity, brilliantly walking the tightrope between genuine tragedy and insane comedy, readhing incredible heights ... The audience were gripped, moved and entertained in equal measure".

Go to the No Holds Bard website for more info, pics and reviews.


SPARTACUS: THE COMPLETE SERIES RELEASED ON BLU-RAY AND DVD

Starz has announced that the complete Spartacus series will be released as a box set, with extra content, on Blu-ray and dvd, on 16 September 2014. 

Click here for the press release.

Michael directed 3 episodes of Spartacus: Blood and Sand ('Shadow Games,' 'Whore,' 'Revelations') one of Spartacus: Gods of the Arena ('Paterfamilias'), two of Spartacus: Vengeance ('Fugitivus,' 'Chosen Path') and two of Spartacus: War of the Damned ('Decimation,' "The Dead and the Dying').

Spartacus is now being shown on SyFy in the US.  Upcoming episodes that Michael directed: 'Revelations' (4 September), 'Paterfamilias' (18 September).

JENNIFER GUEST STARS IN HIGH ROAD

Jennifer will have a guest role in episodes 2.5 and 2.7 of High Road (web series), filmed in July 2014.  Filmed in Piha, High Road is about retired progressive rocker Terry Huffer trying to change his life.  He decides to start a local radio station in Piha to support the community.  Turns out the community sees it differently.

Written and directed by Justin Harwood, starring Mark Mitchison, Peter Muller, and Danielle Mason.

Click here for the show's Facebook page; watch the first season below.


 

MICHAEL DIRECTED THE BROKENWOOD MYSTERIES

In May and June, Michael directed episode 1.03 "Playing the Lie" of these two-hour murder mysteries from South Pacific Pictures, to air on Prime.  "Set in a seemingly quiet country town where the newest resident, Senior Sergeant Mike Shepherd, finds that murder lurks in even the most homely location". 


Click here for NZ Herald article; click here for The Brokenwood Mysteries' Facebook page.


Fern Sutherland and Neill Rea star in The Brokenwood Mysteries
Click here for the complete cast list.


MICHAEL NARRATES OUR BIG BLUE BACKYARD

Michael narrated the 6 episode documentary series Our Big Blue Backyard, which is scheduled to premiere on TVOne on Sunday 2 November 2014 at 7:30 p.m.  The series explores six unique marine locations around New Zealand's coastlines.  Click here for info.


 

INORGANIC SHOWING AT FILM FESTIVALS

Short film Inorganic, a wickedly funny film reflecting the distorted values of a throw-away society, was shown at the Galway Film Fleadh in Galway, Ireland on 11 July 2014.  Michael plays Brett.

It is also an official selection at Badalona Film Festival in Badalona, Spain, 17-26 October 2014. 

Inorganic was also among the short films taken to Canne this year by the New Zealand Film Commission.

Click here for Inorganic on Facebook.

 


 

 

 

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