Michael Hurst


After eight years stint as ‘Iolaus’ in the American television series Hercules - The Legendary Journeys, Michael returned to the stage in 2001 as ‘The Player’ in Auckland Theatre Company’s production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Since then he has appeared as Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show, James Joyce in Travesties Estragon in Waiting for Godot and the title role in Goldie for Auckland Theatre Company; Widow Twankey in Aladdin for AK03 (a pantomime show which he wrote and directed) and as Hamlet for his own company, The Large Group, co-founded with Christian Penny and Jennifer Ward-Lealand.

In a career spanning over twenty-five years Michael has played both Macbeth and Hamlet, (three times), Lear’s Fool, Touchstone in As You Like It, Mozart in Amadeus, the MC in Cabaret (twice), Koko in The Mikado, Barry in Ladies Night (twice), Macheath, Tiger Brown and the ballad singer in three different productions of The Threepenny Opera, French symbolist enfant terrible Arthur Rimbaud in Total Eclipse, King Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar and the central role in the groundbreaking Inside Out Theatre production of The Holy Sinner (twice).

Directing credits include Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, King Lear, The Tempest, Cabaret, Lysistrata, Ladies Night, the NZ feature film Jubilee and Love Mussel, a television comedy starring the late, great Kevin Smith.

In 2003, Michael became an Arts Laureate of New Zealand, an honour in recognition of his continuing contribution to New Zealand theatre and this year became an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services in the Arts.

“The rehearsal process has been a fantastic challenge, Colin and I have explored the script with a fine tooth comb.  This character [Bosola], this entire play, is like no other I’ve ever experienced.”