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High Road: Michael has a guest role in episode 3.4, released November 2016. Click here to watch.

800 Words (U.S.): Acorn TV in the U.S. has the first season and the first 8 episodes of season 2 available to stream. The rest of season 2 will be released later in 2017. Michael directed episodes 2.3, 2.4, 2.9, 2.10, 2.13 and 2.14. Click here to watch.


Westside, season 2. Michael directed episodes 3, 4, 7 and 8.

Our Big Blue Backyard, season 2. Michael was the narrator of this documentary series exploring six unique marine environments around New Zealand's coastline.


Michael directed episodes 3, 4, 7 and 8 of the third season of Westside. It is expected to air later in 2017.






27 February-early April 2017: 800 Words

Michael will direct episodes 3.3 and 3.4.

28 February 2017, 8:30 p.m.: 800 Words ep 2.13 (Australia, Channel 7)
7 March 2017, 8:30 p.m.: 800 Words ep 2.14 (Australia, Channel 7)
8 March 2017, 8:30 p.m.: 800 Words ep 2.9 (New Zealand, TVNZ 1)
15 March 2017, 8:30 p.m.: 800 Words ep 2.10 (New Zealand, TVNZ 1)
Michael directed. He also directed episodes 2.3 and 2.4. Click here to watch earlier episodes.

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

4 April 2017, 7:30 p.m.: "Classics on Stage and Screen: A conversation with actor, director and playwright Michael Hurst"
Michael will be speaking on his work with classical works and plays. At Massey University, Albany, room 100 Sir Neil Waters Lecture Theatre Building (SNW100). Read Michael's interview about his exerience with classical works here.

2-17 May 2017: Amadeus
Michael will play Salieri in Amadeus for Auckland Theatre Company 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 Vienna, 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 and 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".