Director: Damien Ryan
Sport For Jove Theatre Company
“One of the best productions of anything I have ever seen, one of the best Shakespeare's - and way the best Hamlet. Truly do your mind, your soul and your love of theatre a favour and go and see it. I went to a school's session today - you could have heard a pin drop.” - James Waites, Theatre Blog
In 2012, Takaya was cast as Horatio in the Sport For Jove production of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
The role would see Takaya perform in the York Theatre at the Seymour Centre in 2012 to audiences of up to 800 and both the York Theatre and Riverside Theatre in 2013 – a re-mounting of the production due to its overwhelming critical acclaim and public success. The production was nominated for ‘Best Independent Production’, ‘Best Director’, ‘Best Actor’ and ‘Best Stage Design’ at the 2012 Sydney Theatre Awards (A set of awards voted upon by the top Sydney theatre critics).
The role saw Takaya performing alongside Lindsay Farris’ Hamlet under the direction of Damien Ryan.
Takaya saw Horatio as a great challenge. The role demanded that he stand, listen and observe to the mayhem around him and not go anywhere or take any great action, which in essence seems to say that there isn’t a whole lot to do. On the contrary, it meant for Takaya that he had to put an even greater effort into conveying Horatio’s thoughts and feelings with every nuance of performance the scripting allowed. A challenge that Takaya happily accepted.
Stagenoise.com critic Diana Simmonds wrote:
“…Takaya Honda (Horatio) … seems to approach his … character as if no other actor has played it before. It’s a remarkable achievement.”
TheAUReview.com critic Joel Turner wrote:
"Takaya Honda’s Horatio is the only sane and honest man in Elsinore and he shines in a role that could be easily overshadowed in such a bombastic production."