Simon Prast

Atticus Finch

Simon graduated from the Theatre Corporate Drama School in 1984, having graduated from the University of Auckland Law School the year before. Over the last thirty years, Simon has appeared on stage, screen and on television, most recently in TVNZ's super-soap Filthy Rich. Recent stage appearances include Rupert (2015), The Good Soul of Szechuan (2014) and Anne Boleyn (2013) as Thomas Cromwell.
Simon was the founding director of Auckland Theatre Company (1992) and the Auckland Festival (AK03), for which he was co-awarded Metro Magazine's Auckland Man of the Year (with John Banks). He is also an occasional political blogger, copywriter and marriage celebrant (very reasonable rates!). Simon has a lifelong love of great American classics. At Auckland Grammar, it was his appearance as Willy Loman in the 1979 school production of Death of a Salesman that sold him on acting as a career. Some years later, he made his directorial debut for ATC with the courtroom drama Twelve Angry Men. The opportunity now to play Atticus Finch, perhaps the world's best-loved lawyer (not a phrase you often get to hear!) is an honour beyond measure. Finally, that law degree has come in handy.