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No Holds Bard


Thu 10 Sep 2015, 8:00pm–9:15pm
Fri 11 Sep 2015, 8:00pm–9:15pm
Sat 12 Sep 2015, 8:00pm–9:15pm

Where: Garnet Station, 85 Garnet Rd, Westmere, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $25.00
  • General Admission-concession: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: Susan Sanders

The show is over, the audience has left, and Hamlet comes home to his dingy flat to face the final curtain. But can he make up his mind to do it? Macbeth, King Lear, and Othello are there to help the hapless prince decide whether or not to be or not to be … or not.

No Holds Bard sees celebrated actor Michael Hurst join forces with two of New Zealand’s freshest writing talents for an outrageous and at times profound view into one actor’s attempt at self destruction.

Hurst’s debut solo performance melds his mastery of the Shakespearean form with an irreverent comic edge.

No Holds Bard: absurdity, schizophrenia, and blank verse

After touring the show around New Zealand, a bit of Australia, and a 5-star outing at Edinburgh Fringe, Michael Hurst brings his solo show back to Auckland for 3 nights only. It has gone through a bit of metamorphosis along the way, so if you saw it a few years ago, it's time to see it again!

Review – Arts Festival, Dunedin (2014): "clever, densely layered script is exceedingly demanding of the lone actor ... Michael Hurst ... makes it look easy. He changes character faster than you can blink ... He takes the audience to the extreme lows that Hamlet, Macbeth, Lear and Othello exemplify. Yet within a syllable Hurst makes these tragic heroes utterly hilarious." (Theatreview)

Review – Edinburgh Festival Fringe (2013): " ... 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!" (Edinburgh Spotlight)

Review – Street Theatre, Canberra (2012): "In this one-man show, Hurst has the audience in stitches . . . Hurst's delivery of [the lines] imbues characters that we generally keep somewhere in an ancient castle of the imagination with truth and punch, bringing them undeniably to life ... The physical comedy of Hurst's characters engaging in vicious hand-to-hand fighting is as funny as it is amazing". (Stage Whispers)

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