4-27 September 2014: Trees Beneath the Lake
Michael will star as William Campbell in the world premiere of this Arthur Meek play. For Auckland Theatre Company at Maidment Theatre. 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.
ATC has posted 63 rehearsal photos on Facebook.
Read the 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 financial 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. The 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.
4 September 2014: Spartacus: Blood and Sand ep 1.12, 'Revelations'
Airing on SyFy in the US; Michael directed
In the run-up to the September elections, a series of short videos is being released in which Michael portrays NZ Prime Minister John Key.
16 September 2014: Spartacus: The Complete Series
Starz has announced that the complete Spartacus series will be released as a box set, with extra content, on Blu-ray and dvd. 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').
18 September 2014: Spartacus: Gods of the Arena ep 1.3, 'Paterfamilias'
15-18 October 2014: No Holds Bard at Arts Festival Dunedin
Airing on SyFy in the US; Michael directed.
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.
Edinburgh Spotlight: "a tsumani 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, reaching incredible heights ... The audience were gripped, moved and entertained in equal measure".
Click here for the No Holds Bard website.
17-26 October 2014: Inorganic at Badalona Film Festival
Michael plays Brett in this short film from director Maria-Elena Doyle. It is an officlal selection at Badalona Film Festival, Badalona, Spain. Click here for the film's Facebook page.
2 November 2014: Our Big Blue Backyard
Michael narrated this documentary series which will air Sundays at 7:30 on TVOne, beginning 2 November. Click here for the show's Facebook page.
14 February 2015 (for a season): A Midsummer Night's Dream
Michael will direct for University of Auckland Summer Shakespeare (on Facebook).