Simon Stone began his career as an actor, before founding the theatre company The Hayloft Project where he adapted and directed works including Platonov, 3xSisters, The Only Child, Spring Awakening and Thyestes, which was co-produced with Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne and went on to be staged at the Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers in Paris. Stone was resident director at Belvoir Theatre in Sydney from 2010 to 2013. In his first year, in addition to adapting and directing Brecht’s Baal for the Sydney Theatre Company, he premiered the breakout hit adaptation of Ibsen’s Wild Duck at Belvoir, winning several prestigious Helpmann and Sydney Theatre Awards before being presented at the Barbican in London and Theater Basel. He further adapted Ibsen’s play into his award-winning debut feature The Daughter, starring Oscar Award-winning actor Geoffrey Rush, Sam Neill, Miranda Otto, Anna Torv, Paul Schneider and Odessa Young. It premiered at the Sydney Film Festival before screening at the Melbourne and Toronto International Film Festivals, the Venice Days section of the Venice Film Festival and the London Film Festival amongst many others. Nominated for ten AACTA (Australian Academy of Cinema Television Arts) Awards, it won three including Best Adapted Screenplay. Stone previously directed a chapter of The Turning anthology feature film, Reunion, written by Andrew Upton and starring Cate Blanchett, which received a Berlinale premiere in 2014.
Simon Stone was the recipient of the prestigious Nestroy Prize in Vienna for John Gabriel Borkman and has written and directed productions for companies including Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, Belvoir Theatre, Theater Oberhausen, Toneelgroep Amsterdam, the Munich Kammerspiele, the Vienna Burgtheater, Theater Basel, the Young Vic in London and shortly the Odéon — Théâtre de l’Europe in Paris. In 2016 he directed Korngold’s opera Die tote Stadt and an adaptation of Three Sisters for Theater Basel, Husbands and Wives for Toneelgroep Amsterdam and Peer Gynt at the Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, in addition to the hit adaptation of Lorca’s Yerma for the Young Vic starring Billie Piper; its encore season opened in July 2017. This year he has also adapted and directed Ibsenhuis for Toneelgroep Amsterdam, a production shown also at the Avignon Festival. Lear marks Simon Stone’s Salzburg Festival debut.