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No Holds Bard

No Holds Bard

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When:

  • Thu 23 Aug, 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Where:

Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall, 33 Buckingham St, Arrowtown

Restrictions:

All Ages

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.

Arts Laureate Michael Hurst takes audiences on 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 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.

Ticket includes a 30 minutes Q and A with Michael Hurst after the performance.

“….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 is hard to choose highlights.” - Theatreview

Michael Hurst
Best known internationally for playing Iolaus in the television programs Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and companion series Xena: Warrior Princess, both of which he also directed, Michael Hurst is one of New Zealand’s most recognisable performers and experienced directors.

He most recently appeared on stage in 2017 as Salieri in Amadeus for Auckland Theatre Company, along with a number of other celebrated performances, and has also worked with Silo Theatre as a performer and director, renowned for his powerful and unique interpretations of Shakespeare, in most recent years tackling Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, Macbeth and Hamlet and King Lear. In 2017 he directed and co-created the smash hit musical Pleasuredome which played to over 55,00 people in Auckland.

Michael won the Best Director Award in the Metro Awards 2008 for The Threepenny Opera. His television and film directing credits include Westside, Evil Dead, 800 Words, Spartacus, Step Dave, The Almighty Johnsons, Legend of the Seeker, and Jubilee, and he is also an experienced stunt performer and fight choreographer.

In 2003, Michael was awarded an Arts Foundation of New Zealand Laureate Award. He was later designated an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2005 “for services to film and the theatre”.

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