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


Michael directed episodes 4.7 and 4.8.

800 Words
Michael directed episodes 3.11 and 3.12.






July 2018: The Changeling
Michael will direct The Auckland Outdoor Summer Shakespeare Indoor Winter Not-Shakespeare Season of The Changeling, A Jacobean tragedy by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley. Starring Edwin Beats (Alsermero), Anthea Hill (Beatrice), Mel Odedra (De Flores), Ruby Payne (Diaphanta), Jonathan James (Jasperino), Caleb Wells (Tomazo), Travis Graham (Alonso), and Shona Harris (Vermandero).  Details to follow.

August 2018: No Holds Bard
Michael will tour his solo show throughout New Zealand; see the No Holds Bard website to learn all about the show. 

An aging thespian confronts his demons in what he hopes will be a final 'dark night of the soul'. The demons are as crazy as he is, with the result that audiences get to hear a foul-mouthed Macbeth, a confused Hamlet, a know-it-all Othello, and a hungry King Lear. In other words, no holds barred.

Bay of Plenty Times:  "compelling one-man play ... hour-long tour de force ... Hurst held the audience spellbound with a bravura performance. … It could just be the most powerful performance of anything you will see all year".

Edinburgh Spotlight:  " ... a tsunami of a performance ... real connection and 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!"

Here are some of the locations; additions will be announced soon:
29 July: Hamilton, Playhouse Theatre; book.
3 August: Whitianga, Whitianga Town Hall; info.
5 August: Tauranga, 16th Avenue Theatre; book.
9 August: Taupo, Centre Stage Taupo, Inc.; info.
17 August: Christchurch, Isaac Theatre Royal; book.
18 August: Ashburton, Ashburton Trust Event Centre; book.
20 August: Oamaru, Oamaru Opera House; book.
24 August: Invercargill, CIT Centrestage Theatre; info.
31 August: Whangarei, Whangarei Theatre Company; book.

The Adventures of Suzy Boon
Michael has a guest role in episode 2.6 (below).  Click here to watch the whole season.