Past Event21 Jun - 9 Jul 2023

Prima Facie

No longer available

Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre


New shows announced for the Australian hit and West End sell out!  
Winner of two 2023 Laurence Olivier Awards including ‘Best New Play.’ 

Suzie Miller’s Prima Facie is a one-woman masterpiece with the weight to shift perspectives and question what’s black and white in the eyes of justice.  

Aotearoa’s own Acushla-Tara Kupe steps into the formidable role of Tessa Ensler for the New Zealand premiere season directed by Paul Gittins (Blonde Poison, Snowflake, Faith Healer), who will work with an elite crew of award-winning designers and intimacy coordinator Miriama McDowell to bring this gripping production to the Herald Theatre stage. 

Tessa Ensler is a case-winning criminal defence barrister addicted to the law. Hustling from underprivileged beginnings to reach the top of her game, she’s ruthless, respected and knows exactly how to use the law to defend men facing sexual assault charges.   

It’s all power and success until a life-shattering event shakes Tessa’s fervent belief in the law, placing her in the very chair she’s built her career tearing to pieces in the name of fair trial. Forcing her to confront a legal system that’s engineered to fail her and the many survivors of sexual assault she herself has cross examined. 

Prima Facie was first produced by Griffin Theatre Company in May 2019 at the SBW Stables Theatre.

Image credit: Amanda Billing 

Schools Matinee Performance | 11am | Tuesday 27 June

If you are a school wishing to attend the School Matinee performance of Prima Facie, on Tuesday 27 June at 11:00am, you must book through Ticketmaster following the steps below.

Tickets for this performance are not for public sale and bookings must be made by the school via Ticketmaster, and will only be accepted if made by a school.

All tickets will be issued by Ticketmaster, not Auckland Live, on a first-come, first served basis.

To make your booking:

Download the booking form by clicking the button below and fill out all the required fields.
Send the completed form directly to Ticketmaster at:

Booking Form

Once you have booked with Ticketmaster, you will be sent an invoice which must be paid immediately.

Seats are non-refundable once paid and additional tickets may be ordered at a later date, subject to availability.

If you have not received a confirmation within three working days of submitting your booking form, please contact:
Ticketmaster Schools Programme Booking Line on +64 9 970 9745.


Accessible Performances

NZSL Interpreted Performance: Wednesday 28 June, 7:30pm

This performance of Prima Facie will be NZSL interpreted. Introductory notes in NZSL will be given to attendees prior to the show. Seats are allocated for patrons wishing to attend the NZSL-interpreted performance with a clear view of the stage and interpreters. 
To book online, click here, and enter the ticketing code SIGNED where indicated. To book over the phone, please call the Ticketmaster Groups Booking line on 09 970 9745 or email A $5 service fee per transaction will apply for all phone and online bookings.

The NZSL-interpreted ticket allocation for Prima Facie will be available until 5pm, Wednesday 21 June or until the allocation is exhausted.

Prima Facie | New Zealand Sign Language Interpreted Performance | Auckland Live

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