Hurst brings his solo show to region

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Michael Hurst takes on Shakespeare’s greatest creations in an upcoming Arts on Tour show – but these men come to life in the mind of one man.

The acclaimed New Zealand actor and director will tour No Holds Bard this August, a show about a man driven to the brink by the infidelity of his wife and a lack of acting opportunities.

His character decides to confront his demons in what he hopes will be a final “dark night of the soul”.

The problem is, his demons – a foul-mouthed Macbeth, a confused Hamlet, a know-it-all Othello, and a really hungry Lear – are as crazy as he is.

Hurst’s credentials include performing as Iolaus in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and companion series Xena: Warrior Princess, as well as directing episodes of both productions.

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

Hurst is touring No Holds Bard throughout the country next month, including two South Canterbury performances.

He will perform in Geraldine on August 19 and Twizel on August 25.

Each show will be followed by a 30-minute Q&A.

Hurst has a history with Shakespeare’s classics, having directed and performed in productions of Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Hamlet and King Lear at Auckland’s Silo Theatre.

His show is the seventh production run by Arts on Tour so far this year.

The arts organisation financially supports a variety of musicians, stage performers and other creative folk to tour to small towns around the country.

Michael Hurst will perform No Holds Bard, with support from Arts on Tour, at The Lodge in Geraldine, 7pm, on August 17 and Twizel’s Events Centre on August 25 at 7.30pm. Tickets for the Twizel show can be bought from the Twizel Information Centre and Geraldine tickets can be purchased from LOUK Clothing.