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Also see the website for Michael's solo show
No Holds Bard, and No Holds Bard on Twitter.


UPCOMING TV

High Road
Michael guest stars in season 3 of this web series.  Click here for info and to watch the first two seasons.

NEW ON DVD

Westside
Season 2 of Westside was released 18 August 2016.  Michael directed episodes 3, 4, 7, and 8.

 

 

MICHAEL HURST
ACTOR/DIRECTOR

OFFICIAL WEBSITE

 


No Holds Bard
10 October 2016, 7:30 p.m. at Hawke's Bay Arts Festival (book)

Michael's solo show.  Click here for the No Holds Bard website.

Theatreview: "Michael Hurst in exhilarating form taking us on a well-crafted, clever, uproariously funny and ultimately moving journey…smart and witty script…belly laughs of sheer delight…there's so much to enjoy here that it's hard to choose highlights…Hurst's facility with the language, whether Shakespearean or modern, is a joy to experience. The poetry flows effortlessly, and when he inhabits characters with absolute sincerity and truth, allowing the language to do its work supported by minimal technology, the audience is held spellbound …There are moments of such depth of emotion in Hurst's performance that the hair stands up on the back of my neck as my heart goes out to the extremely vulnerable human being he has created. No Holds Bard allows us to investigate 'What a piece of work is a man' in a truly Shakespearean way, and we are fortunate to see a master craftsman at work in that investigation." (16 September 2016)

Do you know what happens to old actors?  Nothing.  They're still acting.

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.

Michael was on Jesse Mulligan's show on Radio NZ on 13 September talking No Holds Bard, including doing a snippet from the show.  He also talks about short film Balloons

 

September 2016:  Directing Balloons
Michael is directing Balloons, The Actors' Program short film for 2016.  Featuring The Actors' Program students, it was written by Actors' Program alum Jess Sayer, and is produced by Votre Arme.

1 October 2016, 10 p.m.:  Dragons: Cabtastical
Michael will be one of the "Baby Dragons (i.e. willing/forced celebrities)" transformed into "drag Superstars".  Part of the Auckland International Cabaret Festival; at The Basement.  Click here to book.

18 October 2016:  800 WORDS, ep. 2.9
Michael directed episodes 2.3, 2.4, 2.9, 2.10, 2.13 and 2.14 of 800 Words. It is showing in Australia on Tuesdays at 8:45 p.m. on Channel 7, and will be shown at a later date in New Zealand.

800 Words is produced by South Pacific Pictures/Seven Productions.  It stars Erik Thomson, Melina Vidler, and Benson Jack Anthony.  Click here for info.

30 October 2016, 7:30 p.m.:  Our Big Blue Backyard
Michael narrates the second season of this documentary series exploring six unique marine locations around New Zealand's coastline. Continues in this timeslot for six Sundays.

2-17 May 2017: Amadeus
Michael will play Salieri in Amadeus for Auckland Theatre Company at ASB Waterfront Theatre.  Click here for info.

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Terry Teo
Michael has a guest role in episode 4 playing Cornelius Jones.
  The show is available on TVNZ On Demand; click here to watch.

Review:  "Terry Teo is an effortless reboot that's perfectly pitched for its modern audience and the old-school fans.  It pulls off the neat trick of being both familiar and new.  It's a winner".