King Lear Reviews
Listener: "The productions chief virtue--and the importance of this cannot be overstated--is the way in which it so clearly communicates the meaning of Shakespeare's language to modern ears, adroitly mining the text so its rich vein of poetry, psychology and humour are exposed . . . One presumes Harrow's achievement was greatly aided by the double-duty of Michael Hurst, and that his advice to her as behind-the-scenes directorial consultant was as acute as that of his on-stage Fool to Lear".
NZ Herald: "The no-nonsense approach brings precision on the complex narrative and allows the richness of the language to shine. . . . Michael Hurst's easy familiarity with the text is leavened with ironic humour that finds sparkling lucidity in the Fool's complex puns".
Theatreview: " . . . this director, cast and crew serve the play utterly and they do themselves, and their history, proud. . . . Hurst is exceptional at becoming, from the first moment, the master of all the play's irony. . . . All in all, an excellent night".
Theatre Scenes: " . . . arguably the best local Shakespeare since Michael Hurst's 2004 Macbeth. . . . Hurst's bounding energy and vitality really make us feel the loss when he disappears after the interval. . . . This production of Summer Shakespeare has risen to the occasion of their 50th Anniversary, but more importantly, the occasion of Shakeapears's great tragedy".
Craccum: "Michael Hurst is also a joy to watch on stage. Hurst plays the wise fool with ease, reacting to Lear's antics with light-footedness and sleight-of-tongue. Hurst provides a playfulness to the more static scenes with his lithe movements and giddy spirit. . . . King Lear is not one to be missed!"
Gather and Hunt: "it makes sense to the audience: great understanding equals great delivery equals great clarity equals great times for all ... Michael Hurst was an excellent Fool ... We need more theatre like this. Theatre where I turn up cold, sick and grumpy and leave colder, but absolutely fizzing, absolutely elated.Theatre where the friend who's never seen the play doesn't need to bother with the synopsis because it's all so clear. Theatre where the bored anti-Shakespeare friend concedes it was awesome. Theatre I want to see twice".